Incoming transmission from Portsmouth favourites Kassassin Street; Radio Silence finds the five piece raising the rafters with another dynamic and swaggering blend of indie rock, a perfect follow up to To Be Young, which picked up plenty of support from blogs worldwide. Here we find otherwise seemingly pleasant lead vocalist Rowan turn into a rather disturbing creature, singing of wrapping his tentacles (!) around your leg and neck before the song crashes headlong into an enveloping new-wave wall of sound. If you thought the boogeyman in the cupboard was frightening, Rowan goes one better: “I’m in your room under your bed,” he tells us, and besides these stalker-scary words you can’t but help feel a sense of elation as the song pushes to its euphoric conclusion with its ‘”let’s raise this up” call.
At Brighton’s Great Escape this year Kassassin Street managed to get a room full of hungover people dancing at lunchtime – that’s some accomplishment. Now they’re spreading their wings and doing what (possibly because of its island geography) so many Portsmouth bands fail to do, and get their music heard nationally, with a full UK tour this October. It takes in the likes of Glasgow, Leeds, Stoke, Manchester, Bristol and of course a date at the mighty Wedgewood Rooms in their (and Breaking More Waves) home city – that one’s bound to sell out. Tickets are available now from this link.
Kassassin Street - Radio Silence