Review: Kant Kino – Father Worked In Industry

Norway’s Kant Kino are one of those harder-edged EBM bands that have grown stronger and more confident with each new project they take on. Father Worked in Industry is the culmination of the path they set out on with their debut, and they’ve arrived at an awfully good place.

Now let it not be said that Softsynth doesn’t enjoy loud, aggro, bone-shattering industrial in its time and place. There are those moments when one needs to just bliss out with some therapeutic Noise. But as a rule we like our harder-edged bands to also have an ear for melody. The Softsynth sweet spot remains that band that captures an anger and an energy but remembers that music should move the body as much as the soul. Kant Kino have in the past, not always fallen on the right side of that line but Father Worked in Industry not only captures that elusive place but does so in the making of what could fairly be described as a genre-classic.

One can’t help but be struck by how eminently listenable this album is. A solid collection of guest vocalists flesh out their sound and their song writing is crisp, smart and full of perfectly channeled energy. From the opening stomp of “We Are Still Kant Kino” to the pseudo-pop rhythm of “Message” to the downright sweet “My Sweetest Crime” (a sound that belies the dark lyric), it’s song for song, a staggeringly strong collection. Not a weak song in the bunch. A notable highlight is their cover of The Normal’s classic, “Warm Leatherette” with vocals from Claus Larsen of LEAETHER STRIP, who also produced the album (and by the sounds of it deserves a lot of the credit for the high quality of the album). This is the best cover we’ve heard of this oft-covered song, and it’s not an easy track in which to discover something new, but damn if they don’t do exactly this bringing a new energy, a new passion and a new bloodflow to a pretty static, emotionless, and bloodless original. It’s a real surprise and packs a real punch.

It’s a great leap forward for the band and gives us a sense of what they’re capable of. It’s a real treat to discover their hidden power when paired with a strong producer and a great way to start 2013 with our first review of the year.

{note – this album is due for release on February 22}

Watch: Warm Leatherette (live) – (need a new video boys!)


One Response to “Review: Kant Kino – Father Worked In Industry”

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