Dubbed ‘Voodoo Night’ (X88B88 is ‘voodoo’ with sub-shadow – think about it), the evening kicked off with support by local bands Duck and Eugene Whitecastle and the Bad Haircuts on a wet and sticky Darwin evening.
Kayoss, famed for their on-stage antics bordering on performance art, write songs that don’t necessarily fit into any particular genre. The songs are always heavy, sometimes confronting and never disappointing. There is a wide appeal amongst those that like their music loud and energetic, whether that be punk, metal or hard rock.
The single X88B88 is all about control – how society, people and partners control you so the allegorical Voodoo doll motif is apt. The song is in the inimitable style of Kayoss – which is chaotic and visceral yet at the same time ‘together’ and musically sophisticated. Great guitar work by the ‘quiet one’ Rikquishe Wright is always a trademark of Kayoss, as is James Rooney’s often tortured vocals and seizure-like basswork. Drummer Paddy Norman, well he just likes to hit things. Hard.
The single itself is far from linear, with cool bass-heavy breakdowns, understated vocals in places and again some sweet solos from Wright, invoking some 70’s licks.
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