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The Kecks


Cross continental Garage Rock purveyors The Kecks have emerged from Hamburg lockdown with their most self aware, emotionally powerful and poignant work to date, with new dark, raw, twisted, romantic fantasy ballad All For Me. Having once again teamed up with producer JB Pilon at London’s Buffalo Studio, the band have indulged a much wider array of their influences with this release, exploring the more flamboyant pop elements of their sound likened to the likes of Bowie, Pulp, and The Last Shadow Puppets.

All For Me is a self aware love song; an almost sardonic expression of longing from a desperate sweetheart. Originally composed as a simple and straightforward romantic ballad, The Kecks and producer JB Pillion delved deeper into a dark fantasy world to deliver more emotion and power out of the song than a conventional pop delivery would have allowed. Singer Lennart Uschmann bares his soul in a gut wrenching one-take lead vocal which entwines with the expansive and pointed dynamic range of the band. It conveys a true emotional power and feeling which can only be conjured from real world experiences.

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The video takes a journey into glorious surrealism, with lead man Uschmann spending the verses wandering through a dark world full of strange and fantastic characters as they play out inexplicable and curious scenes around him (played by band members and friends). As the narrative progresses the cast of weirdos become the spectators as Uschmann journeys into this fantasy world to perform his romantic ballad for them – which elicits a frenzied and brazenly sexually charged response from the audience. It almost feels like walking through a dream with the vividly cinematic soundtrack perfectly syncing to the oftentimes feverish scenes. The Kecks stuck religiously to their DIY ethos with this third self-produced video clip, sticking to their one-day-shoot ritual.

“Mixing a hefty dose of The Strokes & Franz Ferdinand with their own unique spin. I love it” – BBC Introducing “Too cool for Daytime” – Eddy Temple-Morris, Virgin Radio For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, The Growlers, Tame Impala & The Last Shadow Puppets Being hailed by Consequence Of Sound as “The Strokes of Hamburg” – The Kecks could actually lay claim to being the least German band in Germany, with a cross continental line-up of members originating from Australia, the UK, Austria, and southern Germany.

Having initially been founded on the back of a FlixBus on their way to see The Growlers play in Berlin, The Kecks have since established a reputation for writing brutally honest and somewhat unconventional indie-rock that has landed them on Radio X, BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio, and Spotify editorial playlists.

Having already played sold-out shows and support tours around Europe, The Kecks used the halt of Covid to write a swathe of new songs which they have already begun premiering in live-streams and at socially-distanced concerts in The Netherlands, France and Germany.

The Kecks have stayed decidedly DIY and have used the downtime to support the likes of Molotow, Warchild, and Karsten Jahnke Concerts with live streams and continue to fight for the future of the music industry and charitable causes. With no signs of slowing down, 2021 looks set to be a stellar year for The Kecks with further releases planned as well as a longer stint in the studio and more extensive touring across Europe & Russia.

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