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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009, 06:48 pm
boneskarn8: Guilfest Reviews & Photos

Hey Guys,

Its been just under two weeks since Karn8 played the Rocksound Cave at Guilfest 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.uk

Guilfest 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 here

Limited 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, Northfleet
Saturday 8th August - The Underbelly, London
Friday 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 filthy

Kirst, Bones & Leigh

Wed, Feb. 18th, 2009, 09:18 am
boneskarn8: KARN8 NEW ALBUM OUT!

Karn8 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.com

Facebook 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 here

New 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 here

Next Gigs

Thursday 19th February - DeJa Vu, Reading
Thursday 5th March - The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Saturday 21st March - The Rock Attic, London

Keep it filthy


Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007, 12:02 pm
eva_concept: Evoke tonight

I got places in my car going to Evoke in pompey tonight

who's onboard ?

Wed, Apr. 26th, 2006, 07:10 pm
little_moth: Holy Shit!

Opposition T presents a night of noirish sounds:

Leisur Hive!
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)

Details: www.myspace.com/oppositiont

Thu, Mar. 16th, 2006, 01:03 am
paul_sticks: BLACK SYMPHONY Tonight @ 8pm

@ The Talking Heads, Portswood Road, Southampton

£4.00 Admission

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.

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2006, 02:48 am
little_moth: LH BG 22/02/06!

Hello people,

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:

Come and join the forum and say hello:


"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."
Organ, UK.


Thu, Dec. 8th, 2005, 06:28 pm
little_moth: Leisur Hive at the Marquee

Leisur Hive's first gig of 2006 will be at The Marquee, London on Thursday January 5th...
...More details soon...


Tue, Nov. 15th, 2005, 06:01 pm
little_moth: the END of hoxton! next wednesday!

Actual Size brings you an evening of music:


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


Wed, Oct. 12th, 2005, 11:09 am
boneskarn8: Amazing Halloween Gig

What can I say?...Look at that lineup!!

check out all the bands:



Razorblade Kisses

Plastic Toys

If you need a map go here

or visit The Nexus Club Website

This is certainly gonna be a night to remember, and its Halloween so I expect everyone to dress to impress :P

So who's up for it!!

Wed, Sep. 28th, 2005, 04:19 am
nydecay: In Just 30 days.....

see you in NYC in 30 Days!

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