Over the years, Glasgow has produced its fair share of bands that combine edgy guitars with a Pop sensibility for tunes. Glasgow quartet Kochka add their own Folky, raggle taggle touch.
If you only check out one song on MySpace today, make it ‘Big Mix Up’ by Kochka. It’s a picture perfect ballad with just a few chords and a heartfelt, folky vocal performance. ‘Big Mix Up’ is just the right song for your iPod or next mixtape. Just see those jaws dropping and prepare for people asking ‘bloody hell, who’s that?’.
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Kochka are four friends from Glasgow - Markk Donnelly, Stewart Campbell, Mhairi Hutton and Sheryll Armstrong. Their sound is shaped by bright, ringing guitars and singer Markk’s emotive voice, somewhere beteween Jeff Buckley and Michael Stipe but rougher.
The band’s music has a loose, jangly feel to it. The four have been playing together for a few years now and just released their debut EP ‘Numbers’ last December.
There is a lot happening in Kochka’s songs. The two ringing guitars dominate, but tricky changes and clever fills from all four band members show everybody’s on the ball, vying for attention. At times, that drives me to distraction. It’s too much and too clever.
But when all four get into the groove and just drive a song, then Kochka are a force to reckon with. Like on ‘No Love Lost’, a manic romp of funky rhythm guitar and passionate vocals. ‘Numbers’, the title track of their debut EP, is another good example.
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If you already have a record collection full of jangly guitar bands and want some reference points, try Glasgow old school bands Orange Juice or Aztec Camera. Or the Shop Assistants, though they were strictly speaking from Edinburgh.
Kochka’s next EP, ‘The Dead Room Party’, is due out in March. Now go and listen to ‘Big Mix Up’. What a voice.