ALBUM: Otherkin – ‘OK’

Having built up a reputation with huge live shows – a reputation which landed them a slot supporting Guns ’N’ Roses at Slane Castle, and with The Dead Kennedy’s on their UK– it’s been a highly anticipated wait for Otherkin’s debut album, OK. But that wait’s over – almost – and Otherkin certainly don’t disappoint, delivering 12 razor sharp, refined, yet fittingly raucous, tracks.

Summed up by frontman Luke’s breathlessness on album opener ‘Treat Me So Bad,’ what follows the initial taste is an unrelenting whirlwind of noise; a worthy welcome into the garage punk world of Otherkin.

Managing to make an album with energy that comes extremely close to that felt in their live shows, OK presents a band that, with the youthfulness and brashness of a new band, have a talent and awareness of one much older. From the infectious rhythms of ‘Feel It’ to the brooding, building aggression of album closer ‘So So,’ OK blends punk sensibilities with dashes of dance-ability; snarling vocals with those that allow a damn good sing-along. It’s harsh, but fun – and what more could anyone want? Otherkin have hit the nail firmly on the head with OK.

 OK is out on 29 September

Otherkin head out on tour supporting INHEAVEN before their own gigs in
15 European countries this Autumn. For dates and tickets visit: http://www.otherkinok.com/

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 21. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie