The KVB – ‘Minus One’

Our rating:

This is a fresh, fierce and frightening record all of its own.

Does the world really need another band that sounds like The Jesus & Mary Chain? Does Ian Curtis’ ghost need to be summoned by yet another bunch of Joy Division acolytes? Is it even worth trying to be as apocalyptically loud as My Bloody Valentine? Apparently so. And this third full-length from London-based boy-girl duo The KVB has a misleading title, because it actually turns the amps, as well as the existential angst, all the way up. The darkwave greats of old haunt the glowering and gloomy drone of ‘Again & Again’ and ‘Radiant Hour’, while ‘Dominance/Submission’ rolls out seven and a half doom-laden minutes of abrasive buzzsaw genius. This is a fresh, fierce and frightening record all of its own.

Mischa Pearlman

Details

Release date: 18 Nov, 2013