Friday, 23 June 2017

Single: OTHERKIN - React

Photo: Jake Haseldine


Info: Garage-rockers Otherkin keep the hammer down with the release of their brand new single, entitled 'REACT', and confirmation that their much-anticipated debut album, called 'OK', will be released at the end of the summer.

2017 has already been a whirlwind for the band, having completed two UK tours, one headline and one with The Amazons, in support of the blazing 'Bad Advice' single and video. Furthermore, the band have opened for Guns ‘N’ Roses at the legendary Slane Castle, made their Download debut at Castle Donington and kept the Otherkin flame burning in Holland and France. Just recently, they were championed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his Beats1 radio show. The band are just back out on tour in the UK with punk-rock legends The Dead Kennedy’s.

Since their inception in 2015, Dublin garage-rock four-piece OTHERKIN have propelled themselves to the forefront of the Irish rock music scene, in an almost neck and neck parallel pursuit for the top spot within the genre between themselves and fellow Dubs Fangclub, the rise of both has been swift and intriguing. 

They have maintained a steady pace throughout, with 2 EP releases, The 201 and The New Vice, as well as previous standalone single 'Bad Advice', the band have provided a nicely spaced out sample menu ahead of the release of their full-length debut LP, OK. The final hors d'oeuvre dropped just last week in the shape of single 'React', with the album due to hit the shelves on the 29th of September. 

'React' kicks off with a full on rock riff opener, straight out of the blocks OTHERKIN go for the nuclear option, with an early-White Denim sounding percussion hanging around a pop-rock chorus and squealing lead-guitar. The pace and incessant energy is so frantic that the track feels half of the length of its three minutes. 

Interestingly, when held up side by side with previous single 'Bad Advice' it seems like the band have drawn ever so slightly back from the modern indie touchpoints of 'Reacts' predecessor and edged further back into the past down the garage timeline. A bit of filthy 70's stadium rock here, a dash of mid-60's classic garage there, and a subtle nod to 1950's pure rock n' roll vibes towards the end. Coupled with all of their previous singles, a selection of which will make the track-listing on OK, the debut album promises to be a rock fans' delight.

For another wee taster of what to expect, check out OTHERKIN's live performance video for their track 'Enabler' below.

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