Its been just under two weeks since Karn8
played the Rocksound Cave
and we thought this would be a good time to look back on the performance and let you in on some of the feedback and photographs we have received after the performance.Guilfest Reviews
These are a couple of the reviews we have had in so far:"It’s been a slow start at Guilfest on Friday so we’re more than ready for some dirty rock and roll and fortunately Karn8 are on hand to deliver the goods. This Hampshire based three piece centre around drums and guitar (courtesy of Leigh and Bones respectively) with singer Kirst providing the vocals and occasional additional guitar duties. The music is upbeat rock and roll leaning distinctly towards the garage end of the genre populated by the likes of MC5, although to bring it up to date they remind me of Juliette & The Licks. Kirst has some well practiced moves straight from the Debby Harry book of stage craft and she makes a compelling figure.
They mix up styles nicely with songs like ‘Old No.7’ dipping into smoke filled blues bars, whilst ‘Where the Fires Play’ rips it up like the Stooges at their most intense. The set isn’t without it’s problems however, the horrendous drone that plagued this tent last year threatens to return and it’s just not loud enough. The problem with this is firstly that it prevents Kirst’s voice from carrying too well and secondly that what should be bold slabs of rock and roll fall a little flat. That aside though it’s an assured and confident performance and they even pull off a passable version of The Doors' ‘Wild Child’. All in all it’s good stuff but they really need to be seen in a club venue with the volume cranked to the max." Andrew Latham @ Room Thirteen"Hampshire based trio Karn8 play a blistering set on the Rocksound stage. Front woman Kirst has a sultry and seductive vocal which draws you in only to be blown away by the heavy growl which hits the back of the tent, this really gives the band a depth and quality that many bands would like to have. They take in many styles of music and mix them up to create their own unique sound, which has certainly earned them an army of fans, many of which seem to be here to see them today as the tent is packed."Kate @ up-load.co.ukGuilfest Photos
Here are some of the photos taken by Dave Vokes of LMI Photography
and as a band we think these are some of the best live shots we've had in a long time!
See more pics hereLimited Edition T-shirts
To mark the occassion, Guilfest also saw us start selling limited edition 'Of All The Strange Things' T-shirts
which have the album artwork on them. If you want to grab yourself one head on over to the online shop
before they are all gone!Up and Coming Gigs
Click on the gigs to go to the event page for more info, see you at the front!Friday 24th July - Jericho Tavern, Oxford Friday 31st July - Quake, Woking Saturday 1st August - The Red Lion, NorthfleetSaturday 8th August - The Underbelly, LondonFriday 9th October - Babalou, London Sunday 1st November - The Purple Turtle, London
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new people in the Karn8 family, we hope you enjoy what we have to offer!
Keep it filthyKirst, Bones & Leigh
are pleased to announce that our debut album ‘Of All The Strange Things’
is out now on Wicked Boy Records
. The album was recorded and produced by the band and mastered by Clive Cherry at Tongue and Groove Studios
. It has taken two years to complete and we are very proud of the results. You can purchase a copy via the online shop
or download from iTunes
.... Enjoy!Album Review"What is noticeable as the second track kicks in is that Karn8 inject a lot of energy to their music - there’s a bit of a Rage Against The Machine thing going on in ‘As If You Could’ and ‘Strip’ opens up to a noisy distorted guitar riff in the choruses. The return at the end of ‘Running Free’ has the building blocks of something that could turn into an extended Kyuss-esque jam but sadly doesn’t.
Female singer Kirst’s sultry voice really shines on ‘True Face’, a stripped down song made up of a moving bass line and precise cymbal clangs. In fact the entire album is held together by some really nice bass grooves throughout, courtesy of Bones, and the whole thing is bookended by the sombre acoustic guitar led ‘Wasteland’ and its reprise.
It’s obvious that the band have been working hard to find sound and it really shows. The version of ‘Where The Fires Play’ on this album is much better than the early single release as the mix is a lot more balanced and it just livelier. These are songs that have possibly been written to be played live rather than played back on a record.
The production is raw and organic which is what usually happens when bands record things themselves meaning that the drums sound like drums, the guitars like guitars and so on without being pro tooled to death. That’s not to say it’s bad or sloppy, just that it captures a live feel and an essence of a group of people having fun with their music.
They haven’t created a new genre or discovered new song structures, what they have done is produce 12 songs, whether good, bad or average, that really link together in one fully formed package. There is room for improvement, some of the song such as ‘Over’ are forgettable and don’t really go anywhere, but very few bands make a five star album first time round.
They’re not original, not trying new or different but Karn8 do a pretty good job at making an album that follows the traditional rock standard. On Of All The Strange Things the band deliver nuts and bolts rock ‘n’ roll that harks back to the days when guitar bands played guitar songs and is not too dissimilar to some of the groups currently flirting with the mainstream or apart of it."Steven Cookson @ Suite101.comFacebook Fan Page
As some of you will already know, Karn8 have had a Facebook Group for some time. But we have found this to be slightly limited, so we have now started a Karn8 Facebook Fan Page
This has more options and makes it far easier or us to communicate with everyone. So join up hereNew Look Myspace Page
Along with the release of the new album. Our myspace page
has had an overhaul, so that it better fits in with the new look. This includes a new track 'Good Time'
from the album, so don't forget to check it out hereNext GigsThursday 19th February
- DeJa Vu, Reading Thursday 5th March
- The Fighting Cocks, KingstonSaturday 21st March
- The Rock Attic, London
Keep it filthyKarn8
I got places in my car going to Evoke in pompey tonight
who's onboard ?
Opposition T presents a night of noirish sounds:Kiosk!
Everything on Black!
Mono für Alle!
+ Trombosis DJs
At the Bull and Gate,
Kentish Town Road, London... that's where.
When?? Thursday 18 May 2006, 7.30pm.
Price: £5 with a flyer
, £6 without.
Bull and Gate, 389 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ
Nearest tube and rail: Kentish Town (venue is across the road and 150 metres to the right)
@ The Talking Heads, Portswood Road, Southampton
Dress Code: Black/Goth/Fetish/Industrial/Cyber NO STREETCLOTHES, NO TRAINERS
DJ's Paul Sticks (Dr Fell's) Crix (Black Market) and Andi Gordon (Industry 101) bring you the best of Goth, Industrial and EBM introducing Paul Garside playing the warm up session. This is our first night and promises to be very exciting.
a gig announcement:Leisur Hive
plus support live at The Bull & Gate, London, UK,
Wednesday 22nd February 2006.
£4 with a flyer... click here
for a flyer
You may listen
to Leisur Hive here:http://www.soundlift.com/leisurhive
Come and join the forum and say hello:http://forum.leisur-hive.com
"intelligent, visceral music that sounds in turns like it's played
from the blackest hole on Earth or at the top of the highest mountain."
La Magic Box, France.
"Dark, slowly uncoiling post rock open wound adventure to change the
way you stand... highly recommended."
's first gig of 2006 will be at The Marquee, London on Thursday January 5th...
...More details soon...
Actual Size brings you an evening of music:LEISUR HIVE, SWEETIE, FAETAL, QUERELLE
all live at The Hoxton Square Bar, London
Next Wednesday 23rd November.
£5 with a flyer. Click here for a flyer
Hear Leisur Hive's music at this website here: www.leisur-hive.com
see you in NYC in 30 Days!