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The Kecks


The Kecks – Tonight Might Be Different
(Released August 27th 2021 via Blaggers Records)

Dubbed “The Strokes of Hamburg” by Consequence of Sound, The Kecks emerge from a worldwide lockdown with an infectiously catchy new single – ‘Tonight Might Be Different’, released via Blaggers Records on 27th August 2021. This swaggering new single is a rocked up, infectiously catchy dirty disco groover that tells the tale of life constantly being a shambles, and yet we always live with the hope that tonight might be different.

Following on from the dramatically self -aware love ballad “All For Me”, The Kecks have returned with a fierce edge combining a pumping visceral groove and their trademark raw and honest lyrics. With more hooks than Mike Tyson at his prime, and crescendoing into a lively guitar solo finale, this song is exactly the kind of danceable self-destructive indie banger which encapsulates the energy and frustration of this seemingly never-ending global nightmare.

The video was cut together by U.S cinematographer Andy Ray Lemon – director of the cult underground grunge documentary MondoFuzz. The Kecks have long been fans of his work since first discovering his infamous documentary upon its release. Once Andy heard ‘Tonight Might Be Different’, he immediately set about patching together some old trash VHS footage, adding some psychedelic visual effects and cutting together a short narrative – and this weird and wonderful video was born.

Having already established a firm DIY ethic after releasing three singles and touring both the UK and Europe, The Kecks have teamed up with Blaggers Records for their debut label release, but still clinging to their DIY values with a hand painted artwork by frontman Lennart Uschmann.

‘Tonight Might Be Different’ was also the band’s first physical release earlier this summer, with the limited pressing coming on see through vinyl on U.K based Butterfly Effect Records selling out in a matter of days.

With their first post-lockdown show very much on home turf, the cross continental rockers return to their roots at a sold out Molotow in Hamburg. This marks a new dawn for the band having spent the unexpected worldwide hiatus locked away lovingly crafting new songs and sounds.

Exciting times are on the horizon for The Kecks, with a recording session at Hamburg’s illustrious Clouds Hill Studios with the sonic wizard Gordon Raphael, the producer behind the legendary first two The Strokes albums in the diary for later this summer….

The Kecks – Tonight Might Be Different

The Kecks – All For Me

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