Kodakid w/ Ghetto Amaretto @ Cyprus Avenue
Two of Waterford’s finest take to the stage on a all-too-quiet night in our own Cyprus Avenue.
Tuesday night saw two of Waterford’s best up and coming bands take to the stage on a quiet evening in Cork’s Cyprus Avenue. Kodakid, with Ghetto Ameretto in tow, blasted the patrons of the venue into submission with a set each of hard electronic rock and some straight up funk-rock.
Ghetto Amaretto got proceedings underway and their sound in something to behold. Having lost their drummer within the last year, the band have reinvented themselves as a driving, electronic based three-piece. Like many bands of the moment, they’ve opted to replace the missing member with a machine, and they seem much better for it. Declaring Nine Inch Nails as their chief influence, this is the only way the band could’ve gone and the power behind their new sound is shattering.
It’s still a little rough around the edges… With a tad more vocal projection and tightening up of their backing sounds and they could be world-beating. But there is some serious potential here. Ghetto Amaretto are definitely a band to watch.
Headliners on the night were Kodakid. Hailing from Waterford, the band bring with them a mix of soul, funk and rock, a combination that is all too familiar to this part of the world. Fresh off an apprearance on Monday night’s controversial episode of TV3’s The Apprentice the band played themselves out in front of an all too slight crowd.
They ply their funky trade with some serious proficiency. Singer Kev Power’s style is similar to that of Jim Morrison, while Kev himself looks like a modern version of James Dean. They have a tight rhythm section, brought out by bassist Johnny “Shoebomb” Duignan, drummer Tony Brown, and their combined experience. Meanwhile guitarist Alex Soikans lays some nice melodic guitar lines on top.
For me, while they are very very good at what they do, they’re not this reviewer’s kind of thing. I can see how some people might love them. In fact I can see how a lot of people might love them. But unfortunately, I cannot count myself among them. For fans of hard, funky rock, check out Kodakid. You won’t be disappointed.