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KB36 – ‘Fake’

posted 9 Apr 2018, 11:11 by Paul Woodward

(Self-Released)

Review By Woody

‘Fake’ by Russian’s KB36 is quite possibly one the quirkiest offbeat albums I’ve heard in a long time. Usually albums with an unusual tone to them will divide opinions but with KB36 there’s just something undeniably likeable about them that makes this album accessible and enjoyable to all. They are very hard to pigeonhole, not just because of their quirky song writing but because there is a real mix of rock styles in the song writing mixing bowl. Essentially buried at it’s hard rock core is a classic rock base, but on top of that we have some modern rock crunching guitar riffs, alt-rock guitar licks, very melodic sections and some punk attitude as well. It’s a really bizarre album which lyrically centres around the theme of ‘Fake’ and with me talking about the album been a real mash up of styles and delivered in a really offbeat manner this may put some people off. Which would be a shame if that happens because this unique album is really likeable even though some terms I’m using to describe it may be off putting especially to casual rock fans.

Also, unlike many experimental or unusual albums this album is instantly enjoyable it’s not one of those albums you have to live with or work on to ‘get’, you either like it or you don’t. There’s a really strong production so the songs come across really well sonically and given the off the wall style of KB36 this was essential to helping their songs come across with as much impact as they do.

The songs are full of energy, explosively so occasionally like on the chorus of ‘Mashrooms’. That energy helps draw you in, but it’s some of the alt rock guitar licks which really appeal to me with their catchy hooks. Tengiz the vocalist’s vocals are a bit quirky, but that’s down to the delivery on many of the songs as opposed to poor vocals, he has a really strong voice which is displayed frequently – it’s just that quirky delivery fits in with the flow and style of certain songs. It’s certainly an unforgettable bunch of hard rock songs albeit a bit oddball and goofy at times.

If you’re looking for a Hard Rock album with something a little bit different about it I’d highly recommend ‘Fake’ and I’m sure just like me you’ll find yourself finding the quirky KB36 uniquely enjoyable.

Track Listing: Fake / Who Cares / Slow Motion / Walk & Glow / Mushrooms / On The Floor / Rock The Boat / Seven Rules / Going Through Hell / Give Me More / Get Out Of Here

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Who Cares

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