After the release of their stunning debut This Time Next Year, Hastings premier punk band Kid Kapichi have been storming up and down the UK, with a short stop at Nottingham’s Bodega. Jake Longhurst has reviewed the show for The Mic.
On my very first visit to The Bodega, the atmosphere was already starting to buzz long before we had heard anything from the headliners. Floodhounds were on first, a small band fielding its members from Sheffield and Derby, who played some very strong no frills punk rock, and proved an excellent choice to open the concert with. The songs Out Of Time and Panic Stations proved to be a great early one two, and a powered up cover of Ghost Town by The Specials was very enjoyable. The highlight of the set was undoubtably the final song Wide Awake and really started to get the crowd up and moving, with a strong driving beat and a completely unexpected, but more than welcome, harmonica breakdown.
Next up were Projector, who have the main support slot for the whole tour, and shortly after the first song started it was clear to see why. Love displays the thrilling vocals of bassist Lucy Sheehan, and felt like a brooding, powerful mixture of Nirvana and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. This song was without a doubt my favourite moment of their set, with the band wearing their grunge influences on their collective sleeve. Break Your Own Heart was also a highlight for me, and the band evolved from a grunge sound throughout the set towards a more My Bloody Valentine-esque sound midway through, to an angry, IDLES or WARGASM inspired sound at the end of, showing their clear talent with multiple sounds. This is a band to watch out for.
''The melancholic lyrics and melody captivated the crowd in a way none of the rest of their set had done''
When Kid Kapichi finally arrived onstage, they wasted no time in turning the energy up to 11. Opening with Sardines caused the crowd to erupt, and I was not immune to the energy they gave out, safely finding myself in the centre of a small but active mosh pit from here until the end of their final track. Midway through the set for fan favourite Thugs, the singer, Jack Thomas-Wilson, mentioned that he had met a fan with the exact same name as him earlier that day, and that he knew the guitar part to Thugs, so they got him onstage for what proved to be a thoroughly ecstatic performance of the song.
Not long after was my personal favourite Working Man’s Town, which had the room bouncing along to the chorus, and you could feel the floor bobbing up and down with the jumps of the crowd. Self Saboteur was also a crowd favourite, with a very physical mosh pit getting plenty of people involved.
However, it was the penultimate song that truly united the whole crowd. Hope Is A Never Ending Funeral is arguably the furthest from the expected Kid Kapichi sound of any of their songs, however the melancholic lyrics and melody captivated the crowd in a way none of the rest of their set had done, and with tears brimming in the eyes of all those attending the band launched into their finale, Violence. Tears quickly wiped away and blamed on dust were soon forgotten as the incandescent energy of Violence left its indelible mark on all those in attendance. Kid Kapichi pulverised Bodega and left no prisoners with a barnstorming set that will surely have branded itself on everybody listening.
Written by: Jake Longhurst
Edited by: Amrit Virdi
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