OTHERKIN

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OK ★★★★ Ruby­works

As mis­sion state­ments go, “sim­ple songs with ag­gres­sion and pas­sion” isn’t the worst strat­egy for a gui­tar band. While it’s true that much of Otherkin’s de­but will sound fa­mil­iar to those who wor­shipped at the al­tar of mid-to-late noughties in­die-rock, the Dublin­ers’ strength lies in their classic ap­proach to writ­ing and per­form­ing: gui­tar riffs that range from jagged to jan­gly, a front­man with just the right amount of at­ti­tude and songs stuffed with melody. The ubiquitous Ay Ay is a garage-pop gem akin to The Vines, while

Come On, Hello and ‘89 leave vapour trails of Brit­pop in their wake. Else­where, Yeah, I Know’s Krautrock chug and the snarling grunge of So So add depth and grit­ti­ness to the bouncy track­list. It may not change the world, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun. oth­erki­nok.com

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