Nightshift review: Sketches of a Kone - "They have a simplicity about them"

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.

Source: September 2016, Nightshift Magazine