I’m generally averse to hype bands – if too many people are raving about an artist, they tend to turn out not to be worth my time. Now, call me a hipster if you like, but the truth is that niche music is more interesting and anything that’s accessible enough for all the new music places to love equally, probably isn’t. Occasionally though, something comes along that everyone is talking about just because it’s impossible to ignore. That was Kamikaze Girls‘ Sad EP last year, which as the title suggests, tackles mental health difficulties head on. Now they’re back with debut full length Seafoam , which expands to face a more general disillusionment with being a young person in this modern world, particularly highlighted in the video for Deathcap. While personal factors have contributed to the mood of this album (opener One Young Man is based on real events), it’s the general attitude of just having had enough with the way things are that gives a sense of relatability, and the reason everyone is listening to them. The album is out now via Big Scary Monsters, and the band are on tour next week, including Buffalo in Cardiff on June 29th for DIY Cardiff.
So I know that everyone was raving about Kamikaze Girls last year after the release of their Sad EP, but somehow I still kind of missed it. Then I watched the video for Berlin and it still didn’t quite click – thankfully somehow I ended up watching it again, and it felt like I’d always known that song. Nope, doesn’t make much sense to me either. Anyway, their debut album Seafoam will be out June 9th, and I’ll definitely be paying attention this time. They’re playing Cardiff not long after too, at Buffalo for DIY Cardiff on June 29th with a bunch of other great bands.