Louder Than War

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Nameless Body Under Blackfriars Bridge

MP3 - Ikara Colt - Repetition
MP3 - Ikara Colt - Don't They Know

I once wrote a letter that was printed in the NME and signed it with the above Ikara Colt lyric. Pretentious...of course not.

Ikara Colt hail from London, but aren't anything to do with the whole Libertines/Babyshambles/Razorlight scene that is being drooled over by trendy media types at the moment. So far they've released two albums, a clutch of killer singles, been banned from the Reading Festival and the charts (for including stickers with their debut LP!).

Named after an imaginary horse or two kind of gun depending on who you believe, the band line up Paul Resende - Vocals, Claire Ingram - Guitar, Tracy Bellaries - Bass, Dom Young - Drums. Their 2 boy, 2 girl split makes them the Art Punk Abba.

Most reviews of the band can't seem to get past the fact that Resende sounds a bit like Mark E Smith. Whilst that criticism might have been valid after their first album 'Chat and Business', subsequent releases 'Basic Instructions' EP and 'Modern Apprentice have shown that the band have a lot more depth.

Angular is one of my favourite words to describe the kind of bands I like and it springs instantly to mind when listening to Ikara Colt. They deliver intelligent blasts of art punk without the over-produced gloss of bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Killers.

"We are twenty-first century; it's all about disposable information. That idea of wanting to have been around in another era is totally what we're against..." - Paul Resende.

Let a little bit of Art-Punk into your life.


  • I bought the first Ikara Colt album in Reading one afternoon, and returned it the same afternoon in Ealing - I would rather pull my own nails out with pliers than listen to it again. That said, the new album is infinitely more interesting, and going by the looks of them, that could be beause only two of the band remain from the first album.

    nice blog by the way.

    By Blogger howard, at 4:13 PM  

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