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Kill The Ideal

Kill The Ideal
Released: 10.17.17
Review by Sam Devotta | November 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Maybe I’m just lost in my space/But there’s no need to preach away

Sometimes, when the world is getting you down, you just need noise to block it all out. You need pounding drums and robust vocals and a thumping bass and a guitar riff that gets you dancing. Lucky for you, that’s where Kill the Ideal’s new self-titled EP comes in handy.

Opening with the Don Broco-esque track, “Dangerous!”, the Lincolnshire band take us on a loud and proud musical journey. Their riffs are powerful, their drums are fierce, and vocalist Ash Wilson gives it his all as he belts out lyrics like “Don’t you talk about love when you were the one that cast me out” on the second track, “Crazy”. At first listen, the EP might sound chaotic, but there are also plenty of opportunities throughout the six raucous tunes for you to scream along, especially the bass-heavy “My Life” and the call-and-response in “Indecisive”.

At some point during the second listen, they stop sounding quite so messy and you realize that their music is actually quite developed—there’s an order to the chaos. In fact, Kill the Ideal has such a huge sound that it’s surprising to learn the band is only made up of three people: Vocalist/guitarist Wilson is joined by bassist Luke Farmer and drummer Jordan Bell. In less than twenty minutes, the trio manages to get you both moving and thinking, often in the same song, as they expertly balance explosive instruments and deep lyrics.

Not all of the tracks are perfect—closer “Know Your Name” although catchy when you’re listening to it, is not truly memorable—but fans will find that these six songs are worth the two year wait in between EPs.

Buy it, Stream it, or Skip it? Stream it! Kill the Ideal are already making headlines in the UK’s music scene and once they make it stateside, there’ll be no stopping them.

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