Keshco should be lo-fi favourites for everyone and 'The Power of Hot Air' is a great example of their low on production/high on melody music. Can't wait to hear what they move onto next.
This EP has been remastered and is available on Double Deadly from Keshco's Bandcamp - please listen to that instead. Keshco tug at the edges of their creative interests on this quirky EP, where each track is in a different focus (shame on you, those who skip tracks 6-8!). Many thanks to Johan and Jesper at 23 Seconds for putting this out. We'd be grateful if you'd have a listen and write a review, as long as it's not rude. Released through Swedish netlabel 23 Seconds, this 22-minute EP (the perfect size for a 3-inch CD) features eight tracks that really shoot through various Keshco styles. The opener is our re-imagining of a YouTube clip that, sadly, doesn’t now exist… Robert Powell outdoors at night telling someone “Gisela… Happy Christmas”. It’s about as long. Luke delivers his first lead vocal on “Crimes Of Casio”, a tale of the educational damage wrought by electronic calculator watches. Robert’s “Got Lot of Stuff” is a fun singalong and we’ve gone all country-fied. “The Summer Goes” is a three-part remembrance of a confined childhood where it was the little things that stood out, all at once. Then a teenage lovesong in “Real Sharp Twig” - so many girls, so little of the term left, which one to choose? “Obsolete” brings up Andy’s theme of aging again, tying back into the electronic gadgets strand… and featuring some rockin’ guitar parts. In a Keshco song? Why yes! “Weapons Expo” started off in 2002 but is sadly still relevant. We’ve put a new spin on it by going all reggae, with a new Dirty D middle. And then… our balloon floated to Mongolia. And what became of us?
What a discovery! I need things to make me smile right now, and this makes me do a big smile like the Cheshire cat :) Robert Powell - what a very silly opening :D Crimes Of Casio - I loved this, they realise that life can be a bit different, and unusual, and so you have a quiet pop song like a schoolboy whispering and then you have a skronky lead guitar coming in at all angles. Got Lot Of Stuff - what can I say. THIS IS MY LIFE!! The Summer Goes - this is quite sweet and even touching, like Crimes Of Casio it has a lyric about childhood. Real Sharp Twig - the guitars are so lush, you want to rest your head in them. It's lovely. Obsolete - the lead guitar will make you go wild in the aisles! It's very funny lyrics too. I think this should have live drums. Weapons Expo - it's like a reggae song (sort of) and makes you nod your head but with some crazy noises in the centre. The lyric is very serious but I think the music is the sugar coating? It's all about our government being a disgrace as usual :( Trip To Mongolia - you HAVE to hear this right at the end. Trust me ;) so I loved it, it's a hoot! Not quite a "lavish" production but full of good juicy stuff!
"Crimes Of Casio" Very good lyric, good rhythm with a cool bass riff. The vocals worked very well on this track. I didn't really enjoy the lead work. "Got Lot Of Stuff" The vocal harmonies were quite good, but not much more. "The Summer Goes" The percussions carried this track, along with help from a guitar. I found the vocals rather annoying. "Real Sharp Twig" Beautiful acoustic guitar, the other instruments were also quite well played. The vocals though awful had a moment or two of promise. Oh, but that guitar, it is wonderful. "Obsolete" High speed and a good solid guitar riff. The lyrics were quite good and I liked the original end to the track. Not sure what the electric guitar break was all about though. "Weapons Expo" Forceful and direct lyrics, even inspiring. There was a good strong rhythm which suited the style of the message. I felt this track was more of a template with a good idea that needs to be completed. Overall, I found the vocals quite poor, the lyrics better and the music quite ok. "Real Sharp Twig" was excellent musically, but was let down by vocals that were good in parts, but really was not up to the high standard of the music. "Weapons Expo" was a good idea, done well musically, but again needing better vocal input. Better vocals, a strong electric guitar and more use of that excellent acoustic guitar would work through on what is a good musical base.