Otherkin - OK album review

Melodic Dublin indie rockers

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The sensational sounds of Britpop, Britrock, grunge and all those other musical demi-mondes that soundtracked the turn of the last century may be old enough to apply for official Heritage Rock status a couple of decades on, but this Irish four-piece still make a good stab at making them sound contemporary. They prove that if you have enough youthful energy and conviction, nothing ever sounds old.

The feisty brushes of Strokes and splashes of elegantly wasted Libertines cool on Treat Me So Bad and Ay Ay convince just as well as the grunge groan of Enabler and the Elastica-esque jerks of Razorhead. They’re no slouches when it comes to festival tent rocking choruses either, as Feel It and Come On, Hello prove.

Sure, they don’t have the kind of left-field originality or artistic quirks that would earn them effusive coverage in broadsheet arts pages, but they’ve got all the credentials to attract legions of sweaty pop pickers into their all-inclusive moshpit.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock