Good old British reserve. Here we are watching a band that quite frankly make me want to get downright intoxicated and dance like no one’s watching, alas we are in the dank Captain’s Rest in Glasgow’s West End, and not at Optimo or, even better, Primavera.  K-X-P have played both events, and I wish I’d been in attendance as they are jaw-droppingly good. The loudest bass playing I’ve ever heard – on a headless bass – makes for hypnotic grooves coupled with solid drumming from a cloak-wearing man who appears to be in a trance.

The vocalisations are all punk-style yelling, mainly in Finnish it seems, but Timo Kaukolampi’s voice is strangely familiar. It seems that everyone has heard opener ‘18 Hours (Of Love)’, but never knew the band behind it.  Indeed this band could very well have been the soundtrack to your early clubbing days, without you knowing it.

It is clear that everyone wants to dance and get lost in their sonic tribal rhythms, however many  just watch in awe at the mechanics of the 3-piece’s energy. Their pop credentials come from being friends with the Human League and working with the Norwegian Kylie, Annie of ‘Chewing Gum’ fame.  They channel krautrock, electro, techno and punk, defying genre conventions by being totally contradictory and inspiring all at once.

Closer ‘Elephant Man’ is not totally unlike NEU!’s ‘Spitzenqualitat’ with a slow build leading to an epic end, with one audience member happily shouting for “one more tune!”  If this is just the debut album, I can’t wait for the next.

K-X-P is out now on Smalltown Supersound

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