Since the release of ‘House of Sins’ Knock Out Kaine have jumped to the lovely people at Rocksector which can only be a good move for them both. It’s difficult to quite define KOK, the sound is without doubt British but there is the groove of Buckcherry and some of the sass of Steel Panther, all delivered with verve and panache.
Opening with ‘16 Grams of Heart Attack‘ it’s a smack round the chops to get your attention from the off, a thunderous song driven along by Dean’s distinctive growl and some hard driving guitar, no self indulgent noodling from Jimmy Bohemian. Ever. ‘Fire and Smoke‘ unquestionably has the trademark KOK wall of sound. The Celtic beginning of ‘How Would I Know‘ trips into a upbeat ditty that is a steering wheel tapper if ever there was one, the rhythm section of Krash and Byrne never let up and power the album along.
Rise Of The Electric Jester is beautifully mastered and the rich layers of sound belie the fact there are only 4 members of the band so fat is the production, this can be heard to perfection ‘Diamond Blue‘, a lovely sliver of bluesy rock. I love the vocal device of imitating the chimes of Norwich Cathedral in ‘Cascading‘, it’s a little hook with a touch of class. ‘Ain’t Your Kind‘ is a nice heavy rocker with chunky bass rhythms, overlaid with soaring guitar. The quirky joyfulness of ‘Boxes‘ show lyrically KOK have an intellectuality that could be easily overlooked in the enjoyment of the fun. ‘Flying Blind‘ is another pacey rocker. No album is complete without a ‘ballad’ and ‘Because You Were There‘ is a ballad as only KOK do them, the feeling is heartfelt and the guitar solo has genuine emotion and soul. The aptly named ‘One More For The Road‘ is an uplifting set closer, anthemic and choral, just right for a satisfied crowd to come in big at the end of the night before heading out into the night.
Knock Out Kaine are a class act and ‘Rise of the Electric Jester‘ is another mile on the road to the recognition and respect they surely deserve. The move to Rocksector has been marked by an album that it quintessentially British (a tag they embrace, you can’t argue with a video featuring a Vulcan bomber AND Bruce Dickinson), it is uplifting and joyous but has an underlying intelligent maturity that will give it longevity. I think I’m going to pour myself a large glass of red wine, sit back and watch their progress from here on in with great interest because I’m predicting great things for them.
Knock Out Kaine are a class act and 'Rise of the Electric Jester' is another mile on the road to the recognition and respect they surely deserve.