Album review: The Kabeedies - Soap

These Norwich newbies are trying hard to get us in a lather over their tuneful, youthful indie twists. And it might just work...

Another day, another fresh-faced and slightly excitable new indie band release their debut in their first flushes of youth.

Overlooking the terrible name, the meat of The Kabeedies’ music, thankfully, is a natural talent for songwriting.

Singer Katie’s enticing twang and power is reminiscent of long-forgotten guitar-poppers Bellatrix, and these Norwich newbies certainly know their way around a decent song structure - opener Hang-Ups Of The West featuring cameos from a trumpet and call-and-response vocals.

The dynamics, musicianship and vim recall The Zutons or early Coral, while the songs build on catchy, simple melodies that will stick in your head.

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Don’t be surprised to see this life-affirming act packing out some of the smaller tents at this summer’s festivals - be sure to elbow your way in.

3 stars

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