Produced with what has evindently been a huge extent of effort and a meticulous amount of time invested in to it, Glasgow four-piece Kassidy release their new album this week.
'One Man Army' uses a wide range of melodies and harmonies incorporated alongside a love of 'oohs' and 'ahhs', which are found in many of the tracks but perhaps most profoundly in the title track, 'One Man Army'.
There is an intense mix of repetitive and intensly catchy lyrics and simple chorus lines through the album, such as on 'Home', with the lyrics 'I am home / I am Free' repeated throughout the track.
The band has almost certainly been influenced by the American rock genre as well as an obvious love for greats such as Led Zeppelin. These beardy, denim clad boys have followed a formula throughout their album which seems to work, with effortless beats and galloping, western riffs inspired by the deep south - which isn’t surprising as the band is named after the great Butch Cassidy.
The track 'Flowers', seems to move ever so slightly away from the rest of the album with more of a country texture, packed with bouncy melodies. It is easy to forget the band are Glaswegian and don’t have the obvious accent which many Scottish predecessors have. Recorded in Rockfield and mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the band have created a great follow-up album with memorable and uplifting acoustic ballads, yet keeping that all-important sense of rock and roll. This simple, intelligent album makes a strong, memorable impact and is full of resilient instrumentals. A recommended listen.