There is an old saying about striking whilst the iron is hot; perhaps its derivation is too archaic for it to have too much gravitas in the 21st century music world, but if we were to say something like 'grab opportunity by the throat', then surely it'd mean the same thing for the right now people.
Kosheen - who are Bristolians Darren "Decoder" Beale, Markee "Substance" Davies and the unmonikered singer Sian Evans - should be familiar with the idea of keeping momentum or, more accurately, how to lose it. If the name is now unfamiliar, those with memories that stretch back to the start of the century might recall when, combining the aesthetics of drum 'n' bass with Evans' soulful pipes, the trio made a name for themselves with the likes of 'Hide U'. The accompanying album 'Resist' and its successor 'Kokopelli' both made the top 10, but proved to be their high water mark commercially.
Having flirted with both club and rock sounds over the subsequent years, it seemed that at times there was something of an uncertainty about their chosen musical direction. In its, defence 'Solitude' is far from a victim of that type of confusion, but the listener may find it hard to escape the feeling of remoteness, with the admittedly slick programming failing to compensate for Evans' rusty howl being mysteriously kept on a tight leash.
Continue reading: Kosheen - Solitude Album Review
British band Kosheen was forced to cancel their Saturday (03Nov07) concert in Belgrade, Serbia, after locals accused the rockers of "insulting" the venue's history by performing at the former Nazi death camp.
The trio were scheduled to play a gig at the Staro Sajmiste - but the concert was pulled after protests by the international Jewish human rights organisation, The Simon Wiesenthal Center.
On Friday (02Nov07), the organisation's director, Efraim Zuroff, said the concert would have taken place where "tens of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and Croats were killed during World War Two."
He added, "A concert at this site would be an insult to the victims and memories of them."
Following Zuroff's comments, Kosheen cancelled the gig and posted an apology on their official website.
The statement reads: "Kosheen have been distressed and sorry to learn in past few days, of Poseidon Hall's, Belgrade former use.
"If Kosheen had known it's true history, they would never have agreed to play the venue, and as such Kosheen have canceled their show there...
"Kosheen would like to thank the fans that brought this to their attention, and apologise to anyone upset by the proposed show and to our fans who have bought tickets to see us."
The British fourpiece head the list of contenders, winning nods in the Best British Group, Best British Breakthrough, Best British Rock and Best British Album categories.
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ROLLING STONE rocker Ronnie Wood's daughter LEAH performed her debut British concert yesterday night (17DEC03) - at a South London pub.
The model-turned-singer launched her career at the HALF MOON pub in Putney, where her rocker dad and mum JO stood at the back cheering her on.
Her music was described by London's EVENING STANDARD newspaper, who reviewed the gig, as "light soul-pop numbers, with the odd bluesey lick, reminiscent of the chart-friendly work of Morcheeba or Kosheen."
Continue reading: Rolling Stone Daughter Makes Debut