Kabul Golf Club

Le Bal Du Rat Mort EP

Written by: PP on 30/12/2012 16:01:04

Bands with weird names tend to also find themselves within the roads less traveled upon instrumentally. That statement also holds true for Kabul Golf Club from Limburg, Holland, whose latest EP "Le Bal Du Rat Mort" is a crazed retrospective look at the 90s post-hardcore scene through a chaotic filter. Their songs are riddled with purposefully off-tune instrumentation as the band explore what I'll dub anti-melodies on their record, much reminiscent of the odd musical choices made by These Arms Are Snakes on their three unpredictable and yet strangely appealing records between 2004 and 2008.

By extension, you might draw parallels to the chaos-driven approach by Botch in Kabul Golf Club's sound, just like you'll quickly notice that Fugazi, Refused, and perhaps even Blood Brothers have been the influences behind the scenes resulting in this record. Through heavy usage of effects pedals they underline experimentation within post-hardcore, and display a desire to push the envelope in all directions, which in this case means off-tune, off-tune, off-tune, and noisy.

While we've seen bands previously succeed using that very formula (These Arms Are Snakes being the most obvious one again), I'm not sure if it works so well here. The songs are often too experimental for their own sake, and shun conventional songwriting way too much. It's an interesting listen, for sure, but there's not much here to keep you coming back to the record.


Download: 5 Minutes 2 Midnight
For the fans of: These Arms Are Snakes, Refused, Blood Brothers, Botch
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Release date 06.02.2012

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