Kumiss

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!

Fenton
Steve Fenton was Editor in Chief for The Mag and also wrote for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues across the country alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.