It’s an exciting weekend over here at Cornerstoned:
The sun’s out, Liverpool are going to win the Champions League, and we’ve got the Leeds punk troupe Nervous Twitch joining us for the Glasgow leg of their “Promised Me the World” UK tour on Sunday! To support the Twitch, we have enlisted help from two very talented local bands who are kicking up a bit of a buzz at the moment: on first we have lo-fi punk rockers Yung KP; and on second we have the thoroughbred indie rock band, Triptych. It’s shaping up to be an energetic evening, but don’t take my word for it, all these bands have new releases in 2018 that you should be checking out, and I’ll be telling you a little bit about them here. A big thank you to Nice n Sleazy for having us!
I’ll start with Yung KP,
whose EP, KPEP, is one of my favourite releases of the year thus far. At seven minutes and thirty four seconds, the EP is a sprint, with the band delivering track after track of pure, raucous energy. The EP’s opening track in particular, “Freak out, Don’t Freak out”, is absolute chaos, reminiscent of some of the hardcore punk bands that came out of New York in the 80’s. The bands sound is unsolicited, it’s unforgiving, and it’s unbelievable; it’s punk at it’s wittiest and it’s loudest, and if you haven’t found this exciting enough, if you’re still sceptical, I highly suggest you check out KPEP on the band’s Soundcloud as soon as you possibly can. This is the bands first show with us, and I, for one, am very excited to see how the band will transfer the projects power to the stage, and if you’re as excited as I am then make sure you’re down at the venue for 8pm!
Our penultimate act are band, Triptych.
Another group making their Cornerstoned debut on Sunday, Triptych are an indie rock band whose musical style and influences are as obscure as their name. Their most reason release is called “Wonder”, a single which displays well the groups passion and musical ability. Though a song in straight 4/4, the guitar work on the track is distinctively math influenced, this being evident in the riffs as well as the use of pinch harmonics, and Triptych pull this off very effectively. They combine this rich and dreary instrumentation with an emotional vocal performance to fantastic effect, the track comes across as emotionally sincere, and the displays some fantastic song-writing. The guitar work towards the back end of the song harkens back to a more classic rock sound, with the guitars almost battling eachother on the solo, before launching into one final run of the chorus only, this time, with the guitars wailing and bending in the background. I hope that Triptych come out with a substantial project this year, be it an EP or an album, and if it’s of the same quality as “Wonder”, then we could be in for a treat. In the meantime, we’ll have to be sated with their live set!
And last but not least we have our punk pals from down in Leeds, Nervous Twitch!
Taking influence from bands such as the Ramones and Joan Jett, the group’s sound is out of time. On record, the band sounds as if they could have been recorded decades ago, though the blending of genres such as punk, blues and rock n roll in the way that the Twitch do it would have, granted, been well ahead of it’s time. The bands newest single “Promised me the World”, released via Odd Box Records, is a groovy lament on the difficulties of making a name for oneself in such a negative, unbalanced society. Featuring a snarky vocal performance from the bands lead singer, Erin Van Rumble, who wails one of the catchiest refrains I’ve heard in a while, I’ve found myself screaming “EVERYTIME YOU DISAPPOINT ME” a good few times over the past week, fortunately in private (most of the time). “Promised me the World” is the second single off their upcoming album “I Won’t Hide”, if you like what you’ve heard so far, be sure to make it down to Nice n Sleazy and, who knows, you might catch a couple more tracks off the new record.
Big thank you in advance to the bands, and to all of you making your way down to the show. See you there!