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KNOCK OUT KAINE
'The Rise Of The Electric Jester'
What's this coming out of the stereo that has just grabbed my attention and distracted me from making my breakfast? It's Knock Out Kaine's second album and bloody good it is too.
Following 2012s 'Heart Of Sins', the Lincoln-based quartet have returned with an album that is simultaneously mature and full of youthful exuberance.
The opener '16 Grams Of Heart Attack' explodes with energy and doesn't actually refer to the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich I was in the middle of making. With Christian Brady from Hellyeah! featuring on lead guitar this a quality opener.
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It's all go from here with well-structured songs, driving rhythms, melodies and hooks and a joie de vivre with a large side order of kick-ass.
There's some quality melodic rock with 'Cascading', which apparently echoes the chimes of Lincoln cathedral bells in the chorus melody and also a very pleasant throwback to the sound of the Californian power pop of the 90s with 'How Would I Know' being reminiscent of Jellyfish. This element also blends very well on tracks like 'Boxes' with its huge hooks and jaunty guitars.
We've also got some swagger and glam/hair Metal with 'Flying Blind' and a harder edge with 'Ain't My Kind'. There's plenty of variety in the songs while staying with a coherent sound overall.
The album closes with the epic singalong 'One More For The Road' and then a hidden bonus track which continues the booze-soaked theme. Definitely an album to feature on this summer's playlist.
I didn't get bored once during this album - this is a brilliant and heady brew with a fizzing and popping energy – if only it could be bottled and served over ice.
1. 16 Grams Of Heart Attack
2. Fire And Smoke
3. How Would I Know
4. Diamond Blue
6. Ain't Your Kind
8. Flying Blind
9. Because You Were There
10. One More For The Road