Karn8 set to rock Oakford Social ClubBy Linda Serck
February 22, 2012
I can still clearly remember the BBC Introducing gig night from April last year.
The blonde vixen frontwoman of Karn8 prowled the stage, looking menacing and making mincemeat of any man that dared make a heckle.
The band’s roadhouse blues rock thundered through the speakers, and I was enjoying the spectacle of both the confrontational act and the almost sensual aggression as Kirst – the blonde – demanded men buy her a Jack Daniels from the bar.
The trio are returning to the BBC Introducing night – at the Oakford Social Club in Reading – tonight to launch their latest EP, Sick.
Can we expect more of the same?
“Afraid so,” says Kirst. “Definitely be warned if you come to one of our shows. You’re not going to come off lightly.”
Karn8 have been around for six years, blasting out angry punk riffs and making men quiver since 2006.
And as much as you can buy the EP on Wednesday and rock out in your car or living room, this is a band you have to see live.
“You can expect a big slap in the face with lots of guitar and expect Kirst to tell you off,” says drummer Leigh of tonight’s gig, which will be a mix of new songs and past material.
I mention that Kirst would make a good teacher, and in fact it turns out that she is – of drums.
But the world of frontwomen would surely be poorer without Kirst taking the lead, so she made the big decision to focus on her singing.
“I’m only 5ft 3ins so people were always complaining that they couldn’t see me,” she says of previous bands she was in where she tried to sing and drum at the same time.
She adds: “I did actually want to move around a bit, I wanted to break free and get up the front – and terrorise people.”
Come and be terrorised tonight at the Oakford Social Club, Blagrave Street, Reading. The BBC Introducing night starts at 8pm, it’s free entry, and other bands playing are Mellor and The Little Ones.
I was wondering only the other day what had happened with Golden Hours, so can happily report the Reading swirling psychedelic fuzz band are back.
After a year’s hiatus they are playing the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Silver Street, Reading, on Friday, along with Brighton favourites Screama Ballerina.
The grunge pop punk band’s new single Paper Cuts is set for release at the end of March.
Finally Burnt Tomorrow are also on the bill, a band promoter Sid Siddle describes as “forward thinking folk, with an extra twist of intelligence”.
On the night, doors open at 8pm and tickets are £5 on the door.
Anyone from long ago remember Reading 90s shoegazer band Slowdive?
Well, drummer Ian McCutcheon will be playing with his band The Loose Salute this Sunday at the Oakford Social Club in Reading.
It’s a free gig organised by Big Potato Records, with The Loose Salute performing tracks from their excellent new album Getting Over Being Under.
Ian, who sings and plays guitar with his current band, is also in Mojave 3.
Support comes from Gonzo & The Razz.
Head to the Oakford, in Blagrave Street, from 8pm.