Kagoule are three teenagers from Nottingham. They are one of the best new bands in Britain.
A bold claim, certainly - and music is no competition – but these three friends since childhood are currently crafting some of the most dynamic guitar music out there. Theirs is an output that exists in the type of self-created world that can only be constructed by people who have come of age together. Who have shared their formative, life-changing moments. Who know who they are and where they are going.
Kagoule were soon sharing stages with Johnny Marr, The Wytches, Iceage, METZ, Sebadoh and Drenge, as well as performing at Glastonbury, achieving acclaim in Rolling Stone, NME, Guardian, and airplay from the likes of BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1.
In 2014 Kagoule signed to legendry extreme metal label Earache, where they are a glorious anomaly on a roster of artists that include sonic pioneers such as Napalm Death, Godflesh, Fudgetunnel and Carcass. “Being the anomaly appealed to us,” says Burns. “They are a label who cares and they’re hardly going to tell us to tone down. Other people were interested, but why sign to someone who is going to chew you up and spit you out after one album? Signing to a major label who would try and change us is everything we hate about music, everything we are against. We’re a young new band – we’re not ready to sign our lives away just to pay mortgages.”
Infused by DIY punk rock spirit, debut album Urth (recorded with producers Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall) and Pete Fletcher (Childhood) was released last year to critical acclaim.
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