Album Review: Kassidy – The Rubbergum EP Vol. 3

By on Tuesday, 14th December 2010 at 12:00 pm

With current airwaves being flooded with an overflow of electrosynth bands coupled with ever-growing popularity in the dubstep genre, it’s always nice to step away from the dropping beats and enjoy some good old fashion guitar strumming.

And that’s where Kassidy kicks in. The big hair and occasional western style clothing may be deceiving, but this acoustic rock four piece hail straight from Glasgow. The Word dubbed the Scottish lads as being the “authentic sound of the wild west of Scotland”, and Q described them as the “British Kings of Leon.” Once you hear their latest EP, ‘The Rubbergum EP Vol. 3’, it’s pretty obvious why such glorious claims are well justified.

Their latest collection of work kicks off with ‘Oh My God’, which may upon first listen echoes something akin to indie rock band Cherry Ghost, but a stomping melody and a belting chorus from the quartet remind listeners that this that the band have shaped a song in their own unique and infectious way. Moving on to ‘That Old Song’, listeners will hear a song that starts off in a stripped down manner, only to gradually skip and jump to a distant tumbleweed (metaphorically speaking, of course), rapidly building up to climatic anthem of sweeping harmonies to create a wind-blown, country-pop tune.

Keeping in line with the acoustic catchiness, ‘Gamble Does The Gambler’ is a strong EP standout, with its rapid, razzle-dazzle vocal delivery neatly layered on top of the guitar plucks and mandolin strings. One can almost with the sympathize with the drunken ramblings spewing from the singer’s lips, and the harmonious vocals nearing the song’s end, results in an overall impressive track. ‘The Next Move On’ ultimately displays an overly up-beat song that is accompanied by nothing but boot stomping and random clicking and snapping. Although the song is extremely peppy, it’s a tad too over the top to make it worth repeating anytime soon.

‘Heart’ closes out the five-track EP. With lines like “I should I have listened to your heart”, the song is drenched in regret and echoes of those slightly cheesy rock songs of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Call it a guilty pleasure if you will, but this album closer is also extremely likeable if not the most sensitive of the pack and a great way to finish out an LP.

Clocking in just over 15 minutes, ‘The Rubbergum EP Vol. 3’ is a continuation of genuinely great songs from an extremely talented band. Let’s hope a full album comes to fruition in the new year, and a better album title to boot.

‘The Rubbergum EP Vol. 3? by Kassidy is available now from Amazon UK.

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