NME Feature ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’ – Out Now
Southsea psychedelic forerunners Kassassin Street have unveiled their newest creation, ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’. Out now as a digital single, the track has been widely praised by critics including NME, who have featured it in both their Radar section and their Buzz Playlist of the Week.
Recorded at the legendary Konk Studios, the track features Tristan Ivemy on producer and engineer duties. Producer of Frank Turner’s classic ‘England Keep My Bones’ album, Ivemy’s “remarkable production brings out a kaleidoscope of colours without drifting too far from a firm template of scrappy guitar pop” (NME).
“Highly inventive” (U&I Magazine) and “ridiculously catchy” (7BitArcade), comparisons are being made to the likes of Kula Shaker, Beck and Primal Scream with its “Eastern mysticism, psychedelia and a free flowing looseness” (Breaking More Waves).
For the video the band have turned to Brighton-based Italian visual artist Nazare Soares, whose “vibrant and hypnotic” video results in “a brilliantly bizarre and intensely mesmerising offering that will draw you in and leave you wanting more” (Gigslutz).
Kassassin Street are the antidote to unimaginative guitar bands. Disenchanted with the current crop of indie rock, the Southsea based band are carving their own course, creating intense and danceable psychedelia with soaring melodies and infectious grooves.
“Capturing Eastern mysticism, psychedelia and a free flowing looseness, this five-piece have an exhilarating vibrancy and energy to their sound.” Breaking More Waves Debut single ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’ bristles with the band’s explosive energy; a 4-minute kaleidoscopic journey underpinned by Rowan Bastable’s unique voice and lyrics. Recorded at the legendary Konk Studios with Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner/Tubelord) at the production helm, the track is the first of a series of singles expected throughout 2014.
“With an arsenal of exotic riffs, Kassassin Street’s debut single ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’ stands out as an alternative to the ‘Nuggets’-influenced sound of Temples.” NME
Already championed by the likes of NME Radar, BBC Introducing and XFM, the band have now secured a slot at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. With more gigs and summer festivals still to announce, plus more music to follow, Kassassin Street are set for a very active 2014.
“Love it. Live it. Kassassin Street are the real deal.” Rebel Rebel Music Club
Debut single ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’ OUT NOW
Download it from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/royal-handkerchief-ballet/id867463933