2014 was a highly promising year for alternative rock quartet Kill The Ideal, a year that saw them catch the eye of BBC Introducing in the East Midlands and play shows with the likes of Lonely The Brave, Lost Alone and Hawthorne Heights. It was also a year that saw them head into the studio with producer Lee Batiuk (Deaf Havana) to record their debut EP, Heritage, due out on March 30th.
Drummer Jordan Bell speaks of their driving passion for music, especially on tour; “When on tour we spent a full two weeks crammed in a VW transporter van alongside all of our backline and equipment. We had to sleep on top of our amps and drum kit and wash in the sea in the mornings. We have been functioning as a devoted unit for around about a year. Working nine to five jobs is not in our DNA, music is what comes naturally to us and it is what we do best in our day to day lives”.
The four track offering kicks things off rather similarly to Deaf Havana’s Youth In Retrospect, that is to say, heavily infused with riffs before the percussion’s allowed to show its face. As soon as Ash Wilson’s vocals cut into the music, there’s a Mallory Knox edge to the track, slipping down the poppier side of the music with the catchy chorus.
Higher holds a similar breakdown in the meat of the track, Ash’s vocals cutting well up and above the solid backdrop of the instrumental. With vocals almost like Mike Duce up and octave (or two), it’s easy to see why the band boast comparisons to the likes of Lower Than Atlantis under the ever growing, blanketed term of “alternative rock”.
If you’re looking for bands of a more similar size to compare the act to, look to EnterTheLexicon’s Full Moon as a parallel to third The Fire, until the deadpan vocals of the third verse. The choppy riffs and subsequent tight sound of closing My Friend make the track my favourite off the release, one clearly meant for the energy it could throw into a crowd at a live show, with sing along potential high.
This EP is ridiculously good; they’ve real power in this debut offering, from soaring hooks to riffs that absolutely implore you to dance. Alt rock fans; get your hands on a copy of this.