Monday, October 29, 2012
Reviews - 10/29/12
Kobanes - Demo - Unabashed Ramones worshipping is often a razor's edge. On one side, bands have made a career out of it or at least kick-started a career (read: the Queers, the Donnas, the Riverdales, etc). On the other perilous side, if done incorrectly, you can get some of the most basic, unimaginitive boring bullshit you've ever heard. Fortunately, the Kobanes fall into the former category. That's not to say that we're guaranteeing that they'll actually make a career out of their music, but they clearly have figured out that while that Ramones-y formula may seem seductively simple, you still have to write good songs, know how to play, keep it supa-tight and all that good stuff.
Look, you won't be surprised by what you get from the Kobanes. 1,2,3,4's, whoa-oh's, love songs, hate songs and songs with "I Don't Wanna" in the lyrics but they throw in enough of their own little twists and sense of humor to make it work. Plus, mechanically-speaking, I've always felt that the most important thing for a band playing this style of music is for the guitars and the bass to be in absolute lock-step in order to create that buzzing, relentless drive. If it gets sloppy, then the whole things falls apart and the Kobanes don't allow that to happen.
I think the CD they sent in had a few tracks from each of their 3 albums so check out the link below and dig them for yourself. (http://kobanes.bandcamp.com)