REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
From the first listen, each of the five tracks that make up ‘Numbers’, the debut EP from emerging Southampton four-piece Kings and Castles, embed themselves into your mind, with a catchy, upbeat, but also hard-hitting sound, taking in elements of indie, pop, and rock.
The band’s frontman, Ross Rolph, opens up about his life and surroundings, but in a way that is uncomplicated and simplistic, with thought-provoking lyrics that you also just can’t help but sing along to.
A particular highlight of this release is second track, and the quartet’s first single overall, ‘Love Is The Word’, which is fast-paced and melodic, with underlying deep basslines and really captures the feeling of what it’s like to be young and in love.
Listening to the track, I can understand why it was such an instant hit.
Another highlight of the EP is the closer, ‘Keep On Running From You’, which sees the guys going for a real 90’s-esque vibe, rather akin to Radiohead, but with more vibrancy.
‘Numbers’ is a solid debut for Kings and Castles, should be of wide appeal, and if you’re looking for something that makes you think, but also gets your toes tapping, then this comes highly recommended.
TOP TRACK: ‘Love Is The Word’
CHECK OUT OUR RECENT INTERVIEW WITH KINGS AND CASTLES HERE.