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“Lonely This Christmas” – The Kecks December 5, 2021

Filed under: Christmas,Review — justwilliam1959 @ 11:26 pm
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The Kecks are back to wish you a rad Christmas with their take on the Mud classic “Lonely This Christmas”, a Christmas number one in the UK in 1974. This is probably one of my favourite Christmas songs and the Kecks are faithful to the original while adding the stamp of their dirty garage rock ‘n’ roll. Good songs never die do they and the Kecks keep this one alive really well in their inimitable style. Les Gray and yes Elvis too would be proud of those Kecks lads! This is my first Christmas post of 2021, there will be more!

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“All For Me” – The Kecks November 3, 2020

Filed under: Review — justwilliam1959 @ 11:33 pm
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I had the pleasure of reviewing “Modern Girls”, an earlier single from the Kecks, back in April this year. That was a magnificent punky tune with a great message about the pitfalls of this modern social media world. “All For Me” is their new single, released last month. What makes a great band in my opinion is diversity of sound and “All For Me” is on a completely different level to “Modern Girls”. It is an extraordinary emotional stygian dark ballad which would rank alongside some of Scott Walker’s finest moments. Vocally Uschmaan at times sounds like Bowie at his Berlin best with a splash of Richard Hawley. This song may salve your wounded heart and help you get through another lockdown. The song grabbed me and pulled me into its core on the first listen, and I don’t want to leave.

Band photograph by Denis Uhreniuk

The wacky, weird, wired and wonderful video which accompanies “All For Me” is a masterful short film by Ingo Stahl. I have watched it five times while writing this review and there is something new to discover each time. Some of you faint hearted oddities might find it disturbing at times, but persevere because the music is subtle, sublime and sensational. If you have not heard the Kecks yet, then this is a great place to start! Every time I get the chance to review a great song it makes my longing for a return to gigs even stronger! The Kecks are definitely on my 2021 gig list!

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“Modern Girls” – The Kecks April 6, 2020

Filed under: Review — justwilliam1959 @ 10:34 am
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The Kecks count members from Australia, France, Austria, and the UK and have spent a fair amount of time in Hamburg, Germany. Has this diverse geographical pull influenced their sound? I have no idea. But what I do know is that if you are a fan of scuzzy, dirty rock ‘n’ roll then you will love their new single “Modern Girls” which comes out on 23rd April on AWAL records. The song is a treatise on what it means to grow up in this mad modern world where technology is king and people feel measured and judged on social media likes rather than who they are and what they can achieve. The band themselves say of the song; “In a time when it’s easy to point fingers and laugh at the way society and culture are being twisted in the ‘Instagram Age’ we wanted to dive a little deeper and try to understand and sympathise with just how difficult it must be to grow up in the modern age, especially for girls with the constant pressure and complexities modern life brings with it”.

The heavy, punky guitar riffs are wonderfully distorted and the vocals are every bit as good as Julian Casablancas and the chorus would challenge the best that Brandon Flowers has written. the Kecks are a 21st-century garage band with 100% punk sensibilities and credentials. They live the punk DIY ethos and have produced the video that will accompany the release of “Modern Girls” themselves. The video is scheduled for release on 14th April. “Modern Girls” is a song that will lead to magnificent moshing and mercurial crowd singing when it inevitably gets played by the Kecks in a festival field someday, sadly with COVID-19 that is unlikely to be this year. But festival organisers take heed and get this lot on your 2021 line ups! While you are waiting for “Modern Girls” check out the video for “Stick In My Throat” below and click here to follow them on Spotify.

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