The new album ‘Made In China’ by the very talented Kyshera is due for release on 1st October. The band hail from South Wales and consist of James Kennedy as vocalist and on guitar, Matt Warr on bass, and Phil Smith on drums. Formed back in 2005 it took them a little while to get their first album ‘Paradigum’ out for release, 5 years in fact, but now with the bit firmly between their teeth the boys are back with their second release ‘Made In China’. They weren’t idle during the period from formation to first release,far from it! They were off creating their own unique energetic live show which frequently involves destroying equipment and on one occasion sending James to hospital for severe blood loss after landing on the drum kit. The bands outlook on life is as controversial and unique as their music and are one of the very few bands with their own manifesto (honestly, a real manifesto, and it’s a pretty fab and refreshing outlook on life).
“It’s got nothing to do with modernisation or a change in how we operate, it’s got to do with what we value. I want to live in a world where I can defy categorisation, where I can be a person & not a label,where being unique, unpredictable, questioning & most of all, REAL; is celebrated. Where expressing the ’self’ in whatever the hell way you feel like,is encouraged & where being a copy-cat clone of someone else’s identity,band or whatever is just ignored as being lethargic. Imagine a society in which it was ‘cool’ to just be yourself, where it was noble to challenge &question ‘normality’ & where we don’t all have to have our lifestyle &thoughts dictated by the fear of ‘what other people will think’ or an anorexic,materialistic version of beauty & success. A society like that would produce a lot more to be proud of than we do at the moment, I guarantee it.”
To get a sense of their style is quite hard to describe a sit is such a cocktail; take a basic backdrop of Grunge, add a heaped spoonful of soft rock, a dollop of pop and funk, then a sprinkling of hard rock, then mash it all up for all your worth! They are eccentric, eclectic, and euphoric in their enthusiasm for the unusual and unique sound they have created and self-labelled as Konic. 8/10