“Finally comes an album that has been on almost non-stop rotation in our house for the past few weeks”– Dark Sonus “A brave mix of all the myriads of possibilities that the wide field of electronic music has to offer, and it just gels together perfectly”– Storming The Base
Taking a step in a (slightly) new direction, recently reconfigured ‘punktronica’ four piece Kloq are set for the release of their second album Begin Again next month.
Founder of the band Oz Morsley started Kloq as a project, with the view to transform it into a festival live band later down the line that could perform “with the energy and heaviness of electronic dance music meets rock music”. With an eclectic range of influences, including (amongst others) The Prodigy, Chase and Status, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Soulwax, and even Kasabian; Kloq have a fresh and original sound that has been the subject of high praise in recent reviews, and helped the band whip up a substantial and loyal following.
Having supported huge names such as Mike Skinner, Alt-J, Bloc Party, and Heaven 17, Kloq have obvious strength as a four-piece. Prior to converging to form Kloq as we see them today, the members all enjoyed musical success individually too. Producer/programmer Oz Morsley has worked, toured, remixed and produced for several bands, such as The Prodigy, Moby, and enjoyed success as founder of Empirion (‘Narcotic Influence’, XL records) and with the much acclaimed debut album from Kloq, Move Forward; whilst Bass player Tim Jackson has played in sessions alongside Olly Murs and Jim Davies. Meanwhile, The Hut People’s Gary Hammond (former member of The Beautiful South) is a long-time fan of vocalist Dean Goodwin, and drummer Alex Baker was long term drum tech for Welsh rock band Skindred, and previously a member of Victory Pill, and Seven Summers with Matt Cardle.
The 10 track album was conceived during a difficult period for the band, “The album is about the struggles in life, musically and personally… After touring Europe as an electro band in the dark industrial scene, we parted with our singer and original drummer, lost parents and had breakdowns yet still managed to record the album.” As such, there is a dark, aggressive element to the album which almost evokes memories of early Limp Bizkit and The Prodigy, particularly evident on the track Step up which conveys the frustrations the band were feeling a few years ago. Another highlight from the album is the track High which stands out as something a little different. The track was written in a period of euphoria for the band, which is evident in both the lyrics and the uplifting riffs.