EP: The Kimberley Steaks – Chemical Imbalance

Release Date: March 20th 2015
Label: Round Dog Records/Don’t Ask! Records
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/thekimberleysteaks
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Pop-punk in recent years has digressed into a some-what confused genre, with acts such as Zebrahead, Husker Du and 5 Seconds Of Summer clumsily placed under the same banner, it’s now harder than ever to define what it truly is. Fortunately Glaswegian punks Kimberly Steaks’ new release ‘Chemical Imbalance’ takes things back to basics, and is reminiscent of the great bands that helped to drive the genre to mainstream success in the early 1990s.

Title track ‘Chemical Imbalance’ is a fiery start and a welcomed introduction to the vocalist’s distinct idiosyncratic style, which works as a refreshing twist. ‘Change Your Mind’ and ‘Ticking Over’ are also evident of the record’s excellent melodic and expansive bass guitar work.

Ticking Over‘ is a rush of nostalgia and sounds like it could have been lifted straight from Green Day’s ‘Kerplunk!’. Vocal hook “I’m tired of wasting time” is incredibly catchy and will surely remain firmly embedded in the listener’s mind. The main criticism with both the track and the EP is that it is short lived. Although this is characteristic of many punk bands, with a total running time clocking in at seven and a half minutes it’s hard not to yearn for more.

The EP concludes with a wonderfully unanticipated cover of Herman’s Hermits‘ ‘Into Something Good’. The classic has been revived with trashy distorted power chords and an enhanced rapid tempo, but it’s difficult not to feel a little duped. The EP is only comprised of four tracks, so it would have been satisfying to hear more original material. That being said ‘Chemical Imbalance’ is an enduring release, which is well defined by it’s emphatic vintage production and infectious vocal hooks. Although it may be gone in a heartbeat, there’s fortunately debut album ‘To Live and Die in West Central Scotland’ that more than delivers as an ample extension.

Written by Kieran James.