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Discovery: Kermes - "Yr Beast"


After the demise of Summer Sundae, nobody outside Leicester gave two shits about what was happening in Leicester... musically that is. Sure, Kasabian have consistently taken the brand on tour with them, but nothing else has really taken a stab at it. But this has nothing to do with quality, to me this is down to a change in time and attitude, plus it doesn't actually matter at all...

Kermes are part of the future - hopefully. Leicester's music scene is in a constant state of ‘re-emergence’. There are names, venues, and artists doing their bit to grow the city - Handmade Festival, The Cookie, John Helps to name a few. It’s the four piece Kermes who engage me the most right now. Their debut album We Choose Pretty Names was released earlier in the year with Leicester based Robot Needs Home Collective, and recorded by the aforementioned John Helps, also of Leicester - this is very much a Leicester affair.

I’ll go over the Kermes debut album some other time, but for now I want to look at the final track, and to me the standout “Yr Beast”. Here Kermes preach the good word of not adhering to social norms, projecting ferocious aim at mind, body, and soul positivity. Specifically lyrically with Emily at the helm, who delivers the hard hitting lyrics with the level of honesty and conviction most singers dream of.


This is like a modernised ““70s”” pop punk clash of The Cure’s Three Imaginary Boys and Buzzcocks’ Another Music in Another Kitchen… but with, you know, myspace 2008 indie rock demos. Infact, Kermes sound more like The Cribs than The Cribs did when forming as The Cribs. They should without a doubt be playing festivals across the country - not just the D.I.Y festivals. Ending sets with “Yr Beast” in confidence that those attending may very well be taking more from a Kermes show than anything else.

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