Otherkin review: Dublin rockers pack a retro punch

Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 12:39

   
 

Album:
OK

Artist:
Otherkin

Label:
Rubyworks

Genre:
Rock

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