With more than a nod to slacker-rock idols Sonic Youth, Nottingham trio KAGOULE begin their confident campaign to rise up through the alt-rock ranks.  This is no stealthy, clear-cut advance, it’s a head-on storm.

The band – Cai, Lucy and Lawrence – are only 17, but have a sound which resonates a movement in its prime when they were but a glint in their parents’ eyes. All reverb-heavy guitars, fuzzy basslines, can’t-be-arsed vocals and a real teen-angst spirit, Kagoule are a very impressive proposal.

Their first demo caused a bit of a stir last year, with Radio 1 and XFM playing Made Of Concrete, and now they’re launching a run of singles with Monarchy, on limited edition vinyl out tomorrow.

There’s not a whole lot out there that lets you get to grips with Kagoule, but the B-side to Monarchy – Mudhole – and Made Of Concrete should be enough to get you pretty excited.

But nothing reveals the real essence of a band than the live setting, and if you’re into what you’ve seen and heard here, there’s so much more to enjoy next month when Kagoule return to Nation Of Shopkeepers in Leeds on Wednesday night (February 27) with label-mates KAPPA GAMMA and Leeds psych-pop rockers THE ENGINE. It’s FREE ENTRY by jingo, so no excuses. See you there.

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