These 3 Dublin lads combine alt. rock, blues, jazz,and contemporary folk infleun
THE KB BAND are 3 talented lads from County Dublin, Ireland, who fuse rock and funk, with tastes of soul, jazz and loads more. Their sound is definitly original, and the cd which we got to choose these tracks from, a 14 track album called "THE DANCER WHO STOLE YOUR SHOES", their debut offering, was released mid-2004 to great acclaim in their native country. They have bridged a lot of styles on the album, bringing high energy funk tracks, both Instrumental and vocal, uplifting rocky numbers, and even some delicate acoustic tunes together on a very well rounded, and entertaining album. Their instrumentation was the thing that got to us most... If you like your music full of live feeling, then the album is well worth checking out.
THE KB BAND formed in 2002, and are a family affair. Brothers KEITH and ADAM BURKE, and their cousin, IAN LANGTON are the mainstay of this group, though they do regularly have guest musicians/vocalists involved in their music to great effect. They started off as a group, showcasing a lot of songs that KEITH had wrote for his own solo gigs, but over time they added/changed bits of them songs which seemed to take the music in a bluesy/jazzy direction. Over time they slowly began to write tracks as a group, and this is the way they currently do things, allowing all members a decent input into the songwriting process, which we feel really works well for this group. KEITH still does his solo thing at various venues around Dublin, but the main focus for all 3 lads, and their manager, PETE FRANCIS is to get the KB train firmly on the tracks.
Their collective musical infleunces come from the likes of PETER GREEN, TOM WAITS, FREDDIE KING, FLEETWOOD MAC, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, DAVID GRAY, PAUL SIMON, CREAM, and many, many more. You can sure get this from listening to their music, as they seem to have taken it all in, and decided to spit it out in their own original way. They bring the best of rock, funk, and soul together on some very well-crafted numbers, and as a group are equally suited to the studio or the stage. They started gigging almost within hours of becoming a group, back in 2002, and do the live thing as much as possible, often including guest performers in their sets. They have played at plenty of quality Dublin venues, including, THE MEZZANINE, THE TEMPLE BAR MUSIC CENTRE, THE BOOM BOOM ROOM, LIBRERTY HALL, and even made an appearance at TRINITY COLLEGE. The group say...."The experience of playing together for two years taught us a lot, especially the dynamics of a band. We learned about the habits of each other on stage, which allowed us to play some improv and experiment a little, but we still have things to learn, which we hope we'll grasp with time."
The Irish press have taken to them very well, with some of the most respected publications warmly recieving the "THE DANCER WHO STOLE YOUR SHOES" cd which we have featured....
"clever lyrics, jazzy drumming, funky bass-lines and bluesy guitar, what rattles between the ears is of a high standard, rhythm to tempt the most stubborn feet" - (JACKIE HAYDEN - HOTPRESS)
"worth a listen, sumptuous vocals" (THE IRISH TIMES)
"the kb bands grilled plate of meaty jazz swerves and soft funk brine can't help but propel these Dubs way past the usual routine of rock n' roll internship, a band with infinite possibilites" - (IN DUBLIN MAGAZINE)
The group started recording this album, back in October 2003, and it was finished, and on the shelves, by May 2004. It was all totally recorded at home in KEITHS house, which makes the sound even more remarkable. They have done a decent job overall as far as production is concerned, getting great results from the vocals, and the countless instruments used throughout. The album was chosen as the (much-coverted in Ireland) HOTPRESS PICK OF THE FORTNIGHT in June and has really established the group as quality newcomers on the home scene. At the moment the group is writing and recording their second album, which they are very excited about, and we cant wait to hear it. We will pass on news about that as soon as it comes in.