|review from BEAT mag
||[Dec. 12th, 2005|05:43 pm]
[ Kiosk ]|
I could name drop a list of their influences from yesteryear for the sake of comparisons, but what separates this band from their contemporaries is that they aren’t hell bent on rewriting their favourite records nor being the most technically proficient musicians to ever grace the stage, they write music for themselves and in the process come off more inventive, inspired and stronger for it.
With an energy, perhaps warranted to their youthful exuberance, it is in a live context that this band revels. Primitive in sound and unique in structure, coupled with a sassy yet imperfect swagger, Kiosk are far from your run of the mill ‘indie’ band, but rather a real force to be reckoned with. Quite simply, it’s punk rock to dance to, catchy yet not irritating and fun but no means novelty.
With a voice that would put the entire riot grrl movement to shame, and not only charms but captivates, Cat delivers her vocals with vigor and emotion, constantly commanding the audience’s attention. The instrumentation is at times minimal, all the more proving her vocals to be the forefront of the band. With Angie alternating between guitar and bass duties, leaving the setup either at times guitarless or bassless, this could quite easily be to their detriment, however they not only pull it off, they do it with conviction, refusing to compromise creativity or conforming to formulaic structure. Whilst on drums, the lively Jack Mannix, merely seventeen, thumps away at his kit with style and charisma, again demanding the audience’s attention and further contributing to the high energy affairs.
They play songs off their debut 7-inch as well as a number of yet to be released songs, however the only thing missing from tonight’s set is Jack’s backing squeals. Abrasive perhaps, but definitely a feature of the band that makes their recorded songs so exciting and strangely appealing.
Kiosk deliver music on the own terms, play what would be considered to most a short set and step outside the conventional confines of most current music. With plans to tour internationally, it won’t be long before this trio of Sydney-siders garner the respect they deserve, no matter how overdue.