I don’t know about the rest of the world but here’s a statement that’ll cause some controversy: I’m bored of this obsession with electronic, dubstep, noisy music that seems to be hitting every single speaker I come across this summer. I need some substance behind my music, not just sound. So thank God for Kites is all I have to say.
There is nobody around in this day and age creating music like this; Kites are doing something old but making it brand new. Their sound, the feel of the music and their music morals that I get from their songs have all been done before but their fresh take on it all makes everything feel shiny and fresh.
One of my favourite things about Kites is their ‘kind-of-punky-sound’ – wait, I know that doesn’t sound very professional but in a day and age where the hit 40 radio chart consists mainly of cheesy, R’n'B songs, it’s so refreshing to listen to something that isn’t produced by Red One or featuring Wiley/Wiz Khalifa/insert generic rapper’s name here.
“Life’s not that hard, you’re not Becky Sharp”
I can feel hints of Morrissey and Wolfgang within the music but there’s definitely an original sound creeping around Kites. Having listened to their debut E.P (which I strongly urge you all to check out), it’s hard to pick a favourite song due to every single one being of high quality and strong musical ability. However, purely for it’s title – it’s so controversial and I love that within music as it reminds me of Billy Bragg and The Smiths: artists who had something to say and weren’t afraid to say it – “Art Tastes Better Blind” remains my number one off the E.P.
“This is not drama, I assure you”
Kites have a very organic sound and it’s clear that on a foundation of talent, there are also layers of hard work and passion with an obvious knowledge of what the musical industry needs right now.
If Tears For Fears and Hurts are your kind of band, Kites are unquestionably your cup of tea. Personally, I’m just grateful that a little bit of substance has been brought back into my life through listening to Kites…
Written by Vicky Gottschalk