Kremlins’ bring dark hits to Oakford Social ClubBy Linda Serck
September 20, 2012
Kremlins have always been just that. Not ‘The’ Kremlins, as their Facebook band page address suggests. Just Kremlins without the definitive article – like Gremlins, but with a K.
What this says about them, well, let’s leave that to the cod psychologists in women’s magazines.
All you need to know is that this five-piece are releasing some cracking ‘gutter-dark post punk anthems’ on iTunes very soon – Boxes and Parasites – as well as sharing a double A-side single release with fellow Readingites Damn Damn Patriots (you’ll note, also without a ‘the’).
Monolith will be released with the Damn Damn Patriots’ Lou Rawls track on Saturday, September 29, on Reading’s Woodenhouse record label.
To launch the release, both bands are playing The Good Ship in Kilburn, London, on the same date.
Kremlins formed from the ashes of Bandinis about two years ago and have been busy writing songs rather than touting their live performances.
“I think we’ve been quite picky with the gigs that we’ve done,” muses frontman Paul Furnell.
They’ve played the Oakford Social Club in Reading and South Street arts centre, and even headlined the Reading Concert Hall during the much-acclaimed Mod exhibition at the next-door museum.
But they choose their gigs wisely.
“If you keep playing in the same town, people just get bored with you,” Paul says.
“To be fair to Reading, you’ve only got about four or five venues these days that you would say would be suitable venues for music, so it’s more about options as well in that sense.”
Certainly an outspoken statement, but this is something powerful that is carried across into their music – a discord in mood coupled with ‘in-yer-face’ choruses.
“We’ve got a nice solid sound,” says guitarist Danny James. “Most of the songs are themes of love, loss and heartbreak.”
Paul agrees: “There is a lot of darkness coming in.”
And luckily for us, not ‘The’ Darkness.
Kremlins and a bus load of their fans are heading to The Good Ship, Kilburn, on Saturday, September 29.
They are also playing a BBC Introducing night at the Oakford Social Club, Blagrave Street, Reading, on Wednesday, October 3.
Find out more at www.facebook.com/thekremlins