KONE headlined the Oxford leg of Steve Lamacq's recent tour of legendary underground venues - for Independent Venue Week 17.
A boss show at the Jericho Tavern with Lucy Leave and Slate Hearts (curated by BBC Introducing Oxford).
We are so independent right now.
Listen back to Steve's take on it on 6 Music here.
Nightshift Magazine have turned in a brilliant review of Sketches of a Kone. We've got their take below, and of course you can read it in the latest issue of Nightshift itself..
While the term post-punk has been overused to the point of meaningless by bands who don’t know what they’re talking about, Kone are possibly the one local band who most sound like the music that came out of those incredible years after punk shook up the pop bottle, sprayed it all over the room and snarled “you can do this too.”
stark, minimalist arrangements and a languid dynamic that borders on outright contempt at times
For starters, Kone reflect the almost monochrome feel of the late-70s underground, with their stark, minimalist arrangements and a languid dynamic that borders on outright contempt at times. And they have a simplicity about them like so many of those bands who prized ideas and a sense of adventure above anything resembling virtuosity. So when singer Alice Ream repeats the line “I got drunk, I had a good time” in a girlish, sing-song voice it takes on the guise of a gothic nursery rhyme. This ode of the pleasure of being alone comes infused with the spirit of bands like Young Marble Giants, The Raincoats and The Delta 5 – a golden age of musical liberation for everyone but particularly female musicians.
When Jonny Mundey takes over lead vocal duties on `Hotel Europa’ things turn just a few shades darker, even as he issues a sombre clarion call for more love in the world faced with our inevitable mortality (“I greet you with a smile, because life is short”), the song’s dgety spangle reminiscent of so many early-80s 4AD bands, but in particular Modern English.
As their lyrics suggest, Kone are never going to be the life and soul of the party – more like the loner sat at the bottom of the stairs with a bottle in their hand. In their case, though, you’ll ultimately have more fun getting to know them than any of the brasher guests.
Our new three-track EP - Sketches of a Kone - is out September 1st.
Meanwhile, it is being premiered over at God is in the TV Zine. Don't delay. Listen now.
We've had a blast / sweated blood to make it. We hope you dig.
Look out for more SoaK behaviour nearer the release..
Idiot King had us down for their boss All Dayer at Modern Art Oxford. We had a ball. Here's a slowmotion video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BBw28SAnMet/
Lee Riley and Salvation Bill were on form as usual.
Literary festival titles should be more of a thing:
“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”
– Kurt Vonnegut
We played the 15th Audioscope Festival. Doing the show was cool. Seeing Part Chimp, Koguzama, Gazelle Twin and Plaid was monster. It's a fine, fine institution (all proceeds go to Shelter). Support this!
Powerlunches closed and frankly it's shit. The place was a middle finger to corporate values and a real platform for getting good things done. Sorry to see it go - both because it was great, and because of what it says about the rising neoliberal tide in London that they felt it was 'unviable' to continue.
From their Facebook announcement:
“We all know it it has become increasingly difficult to do good stuff in a city that is so focused on making a profit without much concern for anything else but we’ve had 4 great years and we hope everyone will remember us fondly knowing we did our best to support independent bands and promoters in London.”
Fond memories for sure - but their run is also a resource for future action. Rest in Power.
You didn't necessarily want to know, but here it is anyway. A commentary on Bauhaus Table. The song is an oblique approach to the traumatic history of mid-twentieth century fascism.
In Autumn 2014 Kone recorded a two-track with Henry Dartnall of Young Knives (producing). The tunes are being mixed as we write. They will be amongst you soon.
PEACE KONE x