19
Jul
10

review: the electric kools

The weekend just gone was particularly rich in music and I was so looking forward to bringing you reviews of the Electric Kools, the Troops of Mafeking, the Grand and Doves…but I was still ill, so no luck I’m afraid.

However, here’s an edited version of an Electric Kools review I published a few months back:

They opened with strong, strung-out chords which immediately demanded attention and their musical recipe includes three grams of 1960s and a tab of psychedelia – all good stuff.

The drums, bass and guitar come together well, creating a cohesive sound. Extracting sitar-like noises from the guitars, while remaining fast and rocky they create a drawn-out and spacey soundscape, akin to late-era Beatles or perhaps Kula Shaker. Occasional use of effects on the vocals contributes to the heard-from-a-distance, trippy sound.

Late-on in the set, another influence appears, with the vocals referencing South Asian music…I can’t quite pin it down, but I’m thinking classical Indian chanting by way of 1960s Bollywood soundtrack. The singer has a Roger Daltrey circa 1968 haircut, always good to see a bit of classic retro.

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