Singles are something that often escapes me as a way of discovering new music. Normally, like most of the population, I get new music forced upon me by an algorithm and usually find out it’s actually ten years old.
Today was a little different. The track ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ made its way across my desk thanks to a friend in the know and I’m glad that I’m finally not going to miss a boat.
The K’s can be described as an indie band – which isn’t normally my bag – but I’d say they go a little harder than that. This track starts with a raucous drum and bass driven intro with a fantastic little lead guitar line that would be perfectly at home in any pop punk song. In fact, the first notes could be accused of being lifted directly from Motion City Soundtrack’s ‘Attractive Today’, but that inkling of plagiarism vanishes as soon as it arrives when the hi-hats count us into the meat of the track.
This is a track with a huge amount of energy with breakneck vocals that don’t drop below fourth gear. The dynamics of the song move from driving forward quickly to uplifting chorus to pop-punky guitar solo and all the way back again. You can’t help but want to move to this song. It’s like the next generation of indie brit-pop rock that follows on from the likes of The Wombats and The Kooks. Fresh, colloquial accents, and authentic to the ear of the fans listening to it right now. The lyrics and vocals have a big slice of early Arctic Monkeys about it too, and that was definitely worth catching back then. It’s been a while since a band has brought that genuine songwriting style that is both unique enough to be exciting but familiar enough to be comfortable to listen to.
Listening to this track, it’s not hard to imagine a crowd jumping around to these guys live. Especially at a festival where everyone is in the party mood. As far as singles go, this one has my attention and I’m keen to see if it represents the album ‘I Wonder If The World Knows’ which is out at the tail end of March. Until then I’ll have to keep my eye out for the next single, I guess.
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THE K’S – TOUR DATES
22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill
24th – Manchester, Manchester Academy
29th – Coventry, The Empire
1st – Bristol, The Marble Factory
12th – Cardiff, Tramshed
13th – Birmingham,O2 Institute
18th – Edinburgh, La Belle Angèle
19th – Newcastle Upon Tyne, NX
20th – Leeds, O2 Academy
26th – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
27th – Nottingham, Rock City
2nd – London, Electric Ballroom
3rd – Brighton, Brighton Concorde 2
20th-23rd June – Isle Of Wight Festival
25th August 2024 – Manchester, Wythenshawe Park – Blossoms Big Bank Holiday Weekend