Kagoule

Last updated
Kagoule
Origin Nottingham, England
Genres alternative rock
Labels Earache Records, Alcopop! Records
Website kagoule.bandcamp.com
Members
  • Cai Burns
  • Lucy Hatter
  • Lawrence English

Kagoule are an alternative rock band from Nottingham, UK. Formed when the members were in their teens, the line-up consists of Cai Burns (vocals, guitar), Lucy Hatter (bass, vocals) and Lawrence English (drums). [1] [2] They have released two albums, Urth (2015) [1] on Earache Records and Strange Entertainment (2018) [3] on Alcopop! Records. Their sound has been described as being heavily influenced by indie and grunge bands from the 1990s such as Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins [2] , as well as hardcore punk bands such as Fugazi. [3]

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as the Velvet Underground and artists such as Syd Barrett.

Nottingham City and unitary authority area in England

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Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

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Formation, early years and Urth

The band was formed when the members were in their early teens and initially worked with local label Denizen Recordings. [2] In 2014, they appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. [1] They put out several singles [4] before their debut album Urth was released in 2015 on Earache Records, best known for extreme metal bands such as Napalm Death and Bolt Thrower. [1] The album was well-received by the alternative music press, being described by The Quietus as "an exciting debut album that thrills from beginning to end" [1] and by Louder Than War as "a gorgeous, big bastard brick-shit-house of a record". [4]

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Napalm Death British grindcore band

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Strange Entertainment

In 2018, the band released their second album Strange Entertainment, preceded by the single "Egg Hunt"/"Bad Saliva". Strange Entertainment was again well-received by the independent music press. The Line of Best Fit called it "an enthralling and powerful release". [3] In November 2018, the band embarked on a headline UK tour in support of the album. [5]

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Discography

Albums

Singles

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "The Quietus - Reviews - Kagoule".
  2. 1 2 3 "Album Review: Kagoule - Urth".
  3. 1 2 3 "Strange Entertainment isn't a new direction for Kagoule, it's just a hell of a lot better".
  4. 1 2 "Kagoule: Urth - album review - Louder Than War". 15 August 2015.
  5. "Strange Entertainment: Kagoule On Their New Single, And What Comes Next".