Kumiss hail from Dibden and, having made their way from the obscurity of cover-band territory, this eponymous album is their second original recording.
Opening song, ‘Complain’, is a classic grunge track with jazz-influenced guitars during the verse and dirty overdrivven power chords driving the chorus. Singer Matt Richards has a voice that has a mature smoothness reminiscent of Chris Barron of Spin Doctors fame.
Attention grabbing tracks on the LP are ‘Civilisation’, which has a great melody in the chorus, ‘Till You Go’, with its haunting ambient break and emotional lyrics, and ‘Just for Fun’ , which has some great guitar licks. There are ten tracks on this CD that range from out and out grunge to chilled accoustic rock. The theme throughout is a unified sound with lots of rhythm and tempo changes.
The album flows between moods and the melt-together jazz/funk/grunge works well for Kumiss. If they stick with it and get some live appearances under their belt, they could easily find a name for themselves on the local scene, and after that? Who Knows!
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