Kid Klumsy

Fresh from last year’s mini-LP “Spit Your Dummy Out” comes mini-LP number two. “Singing Our Souls” stays in the same vein musically, and sees main vocalist David (Weab) Grant throw off the shackles of his previous band (Dirt Box Disco); to concentrate solely on this outfit.

“Mr. Right Man” has a powerful guitar and drum intro before making way for a humorous vocal. The lyrics are tongue in cheek and the “Right Man” in this instance is someone we have all encountered at some point in our lives. The lyric “Mr. Right Man, don’t believe your hype man, when your minions say they love you, I still think that you’re a cunt’!!!! Self-explanatory really. The powerful snare hitting sits behind the anthemic chorus which builds to a sharp conclusion.

“Slob” is altogether heavier with more powerful drumming in the intro alongside a brooding bass and bold guitars. The vocal is lower tempo and clean sounding, yet the backing vocals are harsher in the anthemic chorus. “I’m not going out, You will never get me out” is hollered until the middle, where the vocals are cleverly layered with the verse overlaying the chorus and again that sharp ending comes into play.

“Dislexic Munkiz” needs no introduction. A humorous little ditty about our primate cousins with more huge hitting behind those chunky guitars. I don’t know how they keep a straight face when playing this song live, one can only imagine punters joining in?! A noodly bridge is introduced before those humorous vocals continue once more. The stop/start formula seems to work, while again it’s a sharp ending.

“Love Is A Battery Field” begins with a clangy guitar and heavy snare. The bassy bridge hints at Ska/Punk and precedes the honest lyrical appraisal of “fuck-finding” on the net! The anthemic “ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, bada, bo’s” I’m sure will become a staple of their live shows in years to come. That bass forms the core of the song amid the anthemic choruses around a subject matter that is all too familiar.

Kid Klumsy

“She’s A Fu*k” has a strong bass intro where I’m briefly reminded of “Debaser” (Pixies), but the similarities end there. The drums then kick in and take over. The grim tale of a female stalker where the dark overtone in the guitars has a menacing style that sets the scene. There’s a curious double bass pedal bridge and some noodly picking that keeps things interesting on this tale of a troubled soul. It’s hard and heavy and (for me) the standout cut on here.

“Maisy’s Song”. The softer vocal again opens this closing track, but gradually builds through the song – the drums and guitars however just build and build. The stretched chords throughout, notably in the bridge are the main component throughout. Clearly a personal song but not out of place here.

While Kid Klumsy fit into many a genre their music (to me) has all the best elements of Punk/Pop (not Pop/Punk), Punk, Rock & a smattering of Hair Metal. At last; as I alluded to earlier, I feel ëWeabí has buried his “Dirt Box Disco” past while retaining the fun and humour within the lyrical content. It remains to be seen if Kid Klumsy can reach the dizzy heights of say Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom, but for now, they have a good armory of songs to keep their growing fan base happy. And with such prolific songwriting, I feel the full-length LP is just around the corner.

Track listing
Mr. Right Man
Dislexic Munkiz
Love is a Battery Field
She’s A Fu*k
Maisy’s Song

Band members
Weab – Lead Vox
Reidy – Guitar
Greg – Guitar
Ali – Bass
Fatwig – Drums


Review by Ross A. Ferrone.

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