There’s a new Kurt Baker Combo album on the horizon. ‘Let’s Go Wild’ explores some new territory for the singer-songwriter and his band, moving further away from the usual power pop tropes and deeper into garage rock. For those who love it rough and ready but still crave a big hook, the album serves up more than enough gems.
Kurt Baker is a very prolific musician and songwriter. In the six year stretch between 2012 and Easter 2018, whether solo or part of a band, he’s released the equivalent of at least two albums per year. Against the odds, most of the material has been great.
Relocating from the US to Spain in 2013, Kurt formed the Kurt Baker Combo, a band who would ultimately inject a little more of a garage rock ethic into his gift for a power pop hook. Their first record, 2016’s ‘In Orbit’, was a little fuzzier than expected and took a bit more getting into than any of Baker’s earlier works, but still carried great choruses and a fiery energy throughout. Working to a similar formula, the Combo’s 2018 record ‘Let’s Go Wild!’, if anything, is even fuzzier. Given the rate Baker has released records, it was only a matter of time before one of his albums showed a couple of flaws. This is that record. In terms of production, some of the shinier power pop elements are absorbed by dense guitars and a world of vocal filters that sometimes make the material a little more difficult to process.
In May 2018, the Kurt Baker Combo will release ‘Let’s Go Wild’, their follow up to 2016’s ‘In Orbit’.
In the lead up to the album launch, the band are embarking on a European tour. All confirmed dates are listed below.
03/03/2018 Lazkao, Oker Taberna, Spain
11/03/2018 Madrid, Delia Records, Spain
18/04/2018 Montpellier, Secret Place, France
19/04/2018 Lyon, Trokson, France
20/04/2018 Besancon, L’U, France
21/04/2018 Stuttgart, Kellerclub, Germany (w/ The Fleshtones)
22/04/2018 Bern, Rössli, Switzerland (w/ The Fleshtones)
24/04/2018 Köln, Sonic Ballroom, Germany (w/ The Fleshtones)
25/04/2018 Chemnitz, Subway to Peter, Germany
27/04/2018 Wilhelmshaven, Kling Klang, Germany (w/ The Fleshtones)
28/04/2018 tba, Germany
30/04/2018 Frankfurt, Feinstaub, Germany
26/05/2018 Madrid, Sala Sol, Spain “LET’S GO WILD RELEASE PARTY”
01/06/2018 Albi, Jour de Fête, France
What would happen if you took a member of the Bullet Proof Lovers, a member of Spanish punkers Los Reactivos and a member of the Spanish band Airbag and set them to work in the recording studio? You’d end up with K7s, one of the finest pop punk outfits to release an album since the genre’s glory days of the 1990s. Yes, the K7s’ debut is that good…and in in almost every way. It’s hugely indebted to days gone by when pop punk meant pop punk and not whiny music with an overdriven guitar riff, but that’s every reason why it’s great. Continue reading
K7s are a new band based in Spain who really deliver when it comes to looking for that classic sounding punk pop hit. Their debut single ‘Running Back; mixes the pop hooks of ‘Dookie’ era Green Day with the drive of ‘Anthem For A New Tomorrow’ era Screeching Weasel.
If that style does it for you, then the K7s could well become an instant favourite. What’s more, you can download both tracks of their new digital single from Bandcamp for absolutely free. Just follow the Bandcamp widget.