Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Remnant Kings - Whistle Binkies Edinburgh 6 August 2009

Edinburgh four-piece The Remnant Kings played a sweaty Whistle Binkies on the eve of the first day of the Edinburgh Festival. Opening their set with fan favourite 'Ketamine Kiss,' the band played to a handful of hardcore sing-along fans and a slightly indifferent festival crowd. The Remnant Kings make solid, catchy rock tunes with a pop side. Great hooks, upbeat choruses, smart, sometimes snarky lyrics and jangly guitar punctuate their funky indie sound. Standout tune 'George Street,' whose snide chorus "I'm going to be a footballer's wife on George Street" reveals the band's attitude toward the infamous Edinburgh party spot, added a fun bit of locals-only humour to the set. Lead vocalist Rich's earnest, stirring vocals lend the band a distinctly soulful sound, while bluesy guitars, crashing drums, and harmonies characterize the band's tunes.

Despite the apathy of most of the crowd, the band put on an impressive stage show. Frontman Rich leapt about the stage clutching his mic stand fervently, and guitarist Andrew engaged in some rather dramatic showmanship, strumming his guitar above and behind his head at the end of the band's set. This is a band at their best on stage, not to be missed live.

Danielle Mattison

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