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KURBd – The Cause…The Defect – EP Review
Richie on Guitar / Vocals, Lee on Bass / Vocals and Dave on Drums / Vocals are what make up Hampshire three piece alternative band ‘KURBd’, and they have their three track EP ‘The Cause…The Defect’ out now.
This is a full on alternative/grunge EP, and really has the grunge sounds that were big in the 90’s and are making a comeback. The trade mark whine in the vocals (Kurt Cobainesque), heavy but lethargic distorted guitars and a true stripped back sound is what makes this a great sounding grunge EP.
It all kicks off with ‘Beware the Silence’, which starts with a very dark sounding riff, the simple drum beat kicks in and the vocals move in just after. The vocals are more spoken at the beginning and have a tinny effect to them (on purpose, this wasn’t me knocking it). The track does pick up after what I can only describe as the prologue, and the vocals are more in with the rest of the sound. The drums are heavier and the guitars are layered in nicely with some heavy chord action. There is a great little break in the track about three minutes in that is just instrumental and slowly builds the melody before going back to the vocals, which breaks this track up nicely. The vocals of Richie, Lee and Dave harmonise really nicely near the end of the track and really show the true voice talent from the guys. This track really reminds me of Dinosaur Pile Up and bands of the same ilk.
Second track on the EP is ‘Wreck’, which starts with a nice little melody on the guitar, and slows the beat down which gives this a much more melodic and darker feel. It is the heartfelt ballad from a Grunge perspective, but it does build up a bit, but is a slower song across the five minute track. It does show off the vocal talents of the band, and really gives you an all round tight sound from the three members. Some great guitar work a few minutes in, sounds spectacular and even though a bridge it works nicely with the rest of the track, building it all up before plunging back down all the way to the finish line.
To smash the back end out of the EP, KURBd finish ‘The Cause…The Defect’ with the high energy track ‘Kerosene’. From the first second you are thrown into a mosh lovers heaven, with heavy guitars, fast beats and a much more energetic feel from beginning to end. The shortest track on the album this really shows off the diversity of the band. It still holds that great alt/grunge sound like the other two tracks but this makes you want to move about. It doesn’t let up for one second and is an outstanding song.
The musicality of ‘KURBd’ is spot on and they are a very tight sounding band, the EP’s production is professional and is available now on Reverbnation (link below). I think these guys have got a lot more to come, with a sound now creeping back into the spot light, it is good to see that UK bands are leading the way. The EP will appeal to a lot of true Alt rock fans, and definitely fans of a grungier sound. Go and check their EP it is worth it.