IS THIS MUSIC?
Now here’s a band that should really cut loose!
‘Remember How It Felt,’ is the debut album from Kenelis – a female fronted five-piece from Farnborough. (Try saying that three times quickly after a couple of packs of wine gums.) It is a powerful first offering and the band could potentially be one of UK’s next generation Stadium Rockers.
The album opens quite spectacularly with ‘Corporate Cancer,’ a mid-tempo rock song that builds quickly and then continues to roll in and out like a tsunami not satisfied with the devastation it wreaked on the first wave.
‘Nobody Sees Me (But You)’ follows and the pace increases with the echoed vocals and guitar in the verses sounding like Howling Bells in a blind rage.
But then for me at least, it all goes a bit ‘Radiohead,’ and that’s not a good thing! The majority of the remaining twenty-nine or so minutes is full of slow paced, maudlin songs that build and crash with what becomes a bit of a regular monotony. From being excited about listening to a new, classic alt-rock band, it suddenly dawned that I was no longer actually listening at all.
I hadn’t pressed the ‘eject’ button which is a positive sign I guess but equally, were it not for the fact that I really wanted to write something positive about this band, I would not have pressed the ‘replay’ button either…
‘Reverse Effect,’ at track number eight grabbed my attention again with Mel’s big, strong vocals. So too did the penultimate track, ‘Heroine,’ but while all of the tracks are decent enough if taken in isolation, the overall impression from the album was one of unfulfilled promise.
Kenelis have ‘the look’; they would seem to have ‘the attitude’ and they certainly have ‘the potential.’ It seems to me however, that they are tethered on a short leash, and are desperate to pull free. An injection of pace and a little more variation is all that is required.
(Like I’m some sort of expert!)
(The latest single from the album is ‘Drained,’ but I feel that the debut single ‘Nobody Sees Me (But You)’ better portrays what Kenelis are capable of and for this reason it is that particular video which follows.)