Introducing: The Kill Van Kulls

For those of you who like your music Kid A inspired, chorus-devoid and ‘challenging’, look away now. Leave the room. In fact, run a mile. If you like your music fun, nostalgic and hook filled (that’s us), read on:

Manchester quartet The Kill Van Kulls (named after a tidal strait in the state of New York) are bringing back 80s power pop to 2k11 – you know, synths high in the mix, tantalising build ups to gargantuan choruses and an eye set firmly on the stadiums (and charts). They’ve got Simple Minds, Prince, Duran Duran and Ladyhawke dyed in the wool of their oversize T-shirts, and they don’t care who knows it.

The band haven’t been around for long and have seemingly risen up the ranks in a very organic, rather than a force fed, manner. You could say they’ve ‘come out of nowhere’ (as is often said about new bands without a big PR machine behind them), such is the lack or prior warning we’ve received of this saccharine assault on our senses.

The truth is; hard work, carefully selected gigs (they’ve shared stages with The Naked And Famous and Mona), decent blog coverage and most crucially solid songwriting, embodied partly on their stormer of a debut single, ‘Fool’s Wish’ (out on their own label; video above) appear to have endeared them to fans and industry folk alike, and as such has given them a seat at 2011’s ‘ones to watch’ table. The world of DIY it seems, if this is any kind of case study, is in rude health.

Wooden Heart by thekillvankulls



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