King Kartel ArtworkHaving formed in September 2012, the success of King Kartels first single ‘Stone Cold Killer’ was enough to see them do a nationwide tour – an impressive feat for any new band. Now a year later, they release their debut EP Not Done Fighting.

This four-piece, Manchester-based indie-rock band are recommended for fans of Oasis, Stone Roses, The Libertines, The White Stripes and Jake Bugg, so one would presume before even listening that this wont be anything particularly inventive or surprisingly different.

The opening track comes in the form of first single ‘Stone Cold Killer’. I must say the opening few lines aren’t mind blowing, but then a drum beat kicks in that is far more interesting than expected. A ‘rat ta tat tat’ of a snare, with pop, love-oriented vocals, and then a guitar with reverb more suited to the indie rock referenced in their bio all make their entrance. The drums in this track are varied and a highlight for me. The vocals harmonies towards the end are reminiscent of the Crystal Fighters summer smash, Cave Rave, from earlier this year.

The second offering from this four track EP comes in the form of ‘Shine On Me’. Now you truly hear the rocky, Manchester indie side to this band. With a more traditional sound the lyrics are unusually positive. Track 3, ‘Aftershock’, is a fast-paced, party anthem with wailing guitars and thumping drums, and ‘All Talk No Trousers’ is the humorous title of the final track. Every track seems to be quite different to the last. The final track is surprisingly dark and broody yet still ‘bouncy’. It almost sounds like a different band, more Muse yet less epic.

Not Done Fighting is a good debut from this four-piece. Although it doesn’t break new boundaries or tread unknown ground, it does make for a good listen and is varied enough to remain interesting. Considering it has already lead to a UK & Ireland tour, I think the band will continue as they began and be on a number of festival line-ups next summer.


Release Date 01/10/2013 (Independent)

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Liz Ahye

I have always had a passion for music. Growing up I spent many a Friday night glued to TOTP and many a Sunday attempting to record the Top 40 to tape. In secondary school I learnt the guitar and drums as well as being in every choir, sound crew and production I could. Finally, It was at University in Chester where I began to start writing reviews. Until then I didn't really think anyone would want to know my opinion. We had a guest lecturer come in and he had us do a minute task where we listened to a song and them had to write a descriptive one liner about it. I realised from this point that I could combine creative writing, music knowledge and opinion into something productive and interesting. That's when I signed up to Silent Radio. It was the perfect thing for me to get involved with, I could voice my opinion on the student airwaves and then write it for the website.Now I am a Music Production and Radio graduate, living in London and working my first industry job. I spend my days working at Metropolis Studios and my nights attempting to write well educated, witty and interesting reviews.When it comes to my taste in music I guess it's rather varied. I will pretty much give anything a listen. The genres closet to my heart would probably be rock, soul, funk and dance but thankfully my job is broadening my listening horizons even further. As a reviewer I would say I have a fan type approach and sometimes I am a little to generous when turning that dial but they are always honest and I hope to some degree, relevant. My hopes are to continue writing for SR, growing as a reviewer and expanding my music knowledge.