If Gigwise could go back and re-write literary history we would do a lot of things. Save Piggy from that bastard Ralph for a start and then go further back in time and break all of Shakespeareâ€™s fingers stopping him writing his stories and thus making us heroes to every child in Britain. One thing we would not do is introduce the word â€˜Grooveâ€™ to Sherlock Holmes name. The KBC however seem to think this is a good idea. Nobody could be less â€˜groovyâ€™; an old man who smoked a pipe and hung around with a man called Watson? A closet homosexual? Yes Groovy? No! Luckily the track we are talking about is a highlight of a fantastic album from Prestonâ€™s finest (after David Nugent).
Managing to sound contemporary and classic at the same time is a tricky business but The KBC does it with ease. A mesh of Happy Mondays, The Rapture, Sunshine Underground and The Stone Roses they have their fingers in many pies but sound unique and genuine at the same time. â€˜On The Beatâ€™ kicks off with â€˜Poisonous Emblemâ€™ before smashing straight into previous single â€˜Not Anymoreâ€™. Said track is two and a half minutes of perfect autonomous robot pop. â€˜Trippinâ€™ meanwhile is a bass heavy slice of dance rock with more scratchy guitars than an XTC reunion.
The album then lurches into somewhat of a pit stop. â€˜Test The Waterâ€™, â€˜Day Of Disillusionâ€™ and â€˜Busy Handsâ€™ are all slower than the average KBC song and lack the punch drunk fun of the albums previous and latter output. Luckily â€˜Pride Before The Fallâ€™ gets â€˜On The Beat!â€™ back on the straight and narrow with a stop start rhythm that would get the most cynical man tapping his feet. â€˜Zeitgeistâ€™ is The KBCâ€™s most ambitious track so far with programmed beats, drum loops and more complex and passionate vocals than ever before. The gamble works though and contributes to the albums strongest points. â€˜Best In The Businessâ€™ is an angry funk stomp a-thon that is designed to get heart beats racing.
By fusing â€˜lad- rockâ€™ with the oh so trendy dance scene are appealing to alternative musicâ€™s two biggest audiences. Nobody can accuse them of lacking ambition or alternatively having no tunes. Combining the spirit of â€˜Madchesterâ€™ to todayâ€™s house and electro scenes seeâ€™s The KBC tapping into a potential gold mine of sold our chows, credibility and devoted fans. Watch out Klaxons, youâ€™ve got competition.