By Darragh Murray
I took a brief second away from listening to the whacked-out pop of The Bastards Of Fate to have a listen to Kitchen’s Floor latest single, ‘Bitter Defeat’. It’s on a limited edition 7-inch being put out by Negative Guest List and it’s the band’s first new release since last years well-received Look Forward To Nothing (they also recently re-released their live tape, Too Dead To Notice, on vinyl).
You might also be interested in reading Shaun Prescott’s recent interview with Matt Kennedy over at Crawlspace which gives some insight into the writing of the latest 7-inch. Also, while you’re there, you might as well read some of the other very interesting content the fledgling publication have been publishing.
KF takes nothing for granted. There is nothing escapist, mystical, or blankly comforting in their music. It’s anthemic, but not in an Arcade Fire sense. That band’s music is about 5% struggle and 95% chest-beating triumph. KF inverts that ratio, to spectacular effect. They know that the beauty exists in the effort, that perseverance in the face of hopelessness can be its own kind of victory.
And they have the best vocal sound I’ve heard all year, with slurred lyrcs because what’s the point of enunciating when nobody’s going to bother listening. And even if they did, nobody ever understands each other anyway, always interpreting what you say through their own narrow prism of experience. We live in a time when everyone thinks they’re an expert. And if you can’t convince a conservative that evolution is real, or that climate change actually exists — ideas that can be objectively proven as facts — then how are you going to convince the person you love that the terror and anxiety you experience on a daily basis — feelings that are totally internal and subjective — is palpable and real? Better to retreat into yourself, to give nothing away. It’s safer.