THE K - Burning Pattern Etiquette

The K - Burning Pattern Etiquette

10 songs
38:37 minutes
***** ****
Jaune Orange

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The monochrome ink drawing on the front cover looks quite economical, and the back cover of The Kís second album Burning Pattern Etiquette doesnít look more inviting either. The track list is written in too small letters, and the hand drawn barcode leaves quite the DIY impression. My opinion improved quite fast as soon as I started listening to the music.

Itís hard to believe that the three musicians come from the Flemish part of Belgium, as their sounds feels closer to the US east coast. The band cites defining genre bands like The Melvins, Fugazi and Unsane as inspirations, which shows already what the band intends with their album. Stylistically The K are covering the genres noise rock and post punk, giving Burning Pattern Etiquette a sound that seems to have come from the early Nineties. The songs are never too complex, but always feel crisp, and it strikes from the beginning that the bass doesnít have to subordinate itself to the guitar. There is some material that has a really gloomy touch, reminding of Morphine. Bland Young Man and Flatter Me are two tracks that highlight that disposition. A bit off is the dramatic The Mermaids Of Venice, whose dreamy, bizarre soundscapes could have come from Mercury Rev. Despite many quiet moments, the Belgians are not afraid to let it rock from time to time. Sleeper Hold feels wild from head to toe and could appeal to fans of The Mars Volta. If you happen to make it to the end of the album, you will be rewarded with the seven minute long Punk Hiss, a crazy masterpiece of minimalism and destruction.

Too bad that the album ends already after not even forty minutes, because I could have stood to listen to a couple more songs. According to the info sheet, the band is supposed to sound even more intensive in a live setting, something I am looking forward to experience in the near future.

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