Ceol Review: Otherkin OK

Rachel reviews Otherkin Ok – one of the most exciting Irish bands of the moment

Otherkin OK

Rachel reviews Otherkin Ok, the brand new album from one of her favourite Irish bands of the moment. 

Long time fans and champions of Otherkin here at Ceol Caint, having previously reviewed single ‘I Was Born’, EP ‘The New Vice‘ and of course their stellar appearance on the Salty Dog stage for the official Electric Picnic website, we were more than excited with getting ‘OK’ in the post.

Following said festival appearance, a discussion emerged in the media tent where someone surprisingly announced “Wow, that band Otherkin on The Salty Dog stage were amazing, I never heard them before”, to my complete horror in fact, as how have people NOT heard of Otherkin?!

One of the most exciting bands to launch onto the Irish music scene in recent years, they release one stellar hit after another. What Otherkin bring to the table is rip-roaringly refreshing and what real rock ‘n’ roll is all about; hair raising, loud, head banging anthems which you can really sink your teeth into.

Otherkin OK does not disappoint; it’s loyal to everything we have been growing to love about this Dublin grunge band. The twelve track release features some songs we’re already familiar with such as ‘Yeah, I Know’, ‘Bad Advice’ and ‘I Was Born’, and some boisterous introductions ‘Treat Me So Bad’ and ‘Ay Ay’.

‘Treat Me So Bad’ kicks off the proceedings, offering an insight into what lies ahead; one engaging track after another. ‘Ay Ay’ and ‘Feel It’ follow suit, with personal already favourites ‘Yeah, I Know’ and ‘I Was Born’ offering a sing-a-long. ”89′ is one to intently listen to, while ‘Razorhead’ is one to dance to.

Otherkin are energetically refreshing, shaking up a somewhat stagnant music pool. While new talent is emerging all the time, Otherkin is one of those rare breeds who make you shout YES, THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN MISSING! Their blend of indie and grunge slices through an otherwise bland mix of samey releases, contributing another level of what acts should aspire to.

OK is dynamic, exciting and memorable. This is definitely one that will be sitting in the CD player on repeat for some time to come. Otherkin Ok is out this Friday, September 29th.

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