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KEG have released latest single 'Kids' ahead of new EP 'Girders'

Words by Ursa Gregson

Seven men stand before you, pickled-egg hearts beating proudly in their chests, noddles cascading from gleaming scalps, ready to tackle the infinite mysteries of inherited behaviour, Freudian-Jungian disparity, and the question of whether or not your children might end up being little prick London types.

Photo credit: Theo Zeal

Handsome and oddly textured singer Albert says "I've always had a great relationship with my mum, but there were occasional times where I remember her saying ‘I love you loads, i just don't like you very much at the moment’. What if your kids grew up the complete opposite of you? What if they like Michael Macintyre and will only eat health foods?"

I have witnessed a front row screaming "I want an Itsu, daddy" at a KEG show long before this single hit the ground running. Invariably a sentiment that chimes with the public.

KEG's by-now-signature parping-weirdo excellence shines like the Sriracha Mayo on a california roll in 'Kids', a three-minute trip through the best of their tight and playful abilities/buttocks and the lung capacities of singer Albert Haddenham and trom-boner Charlie Keen.

The video... the video speaks for itself. This is KEG. An egg apart. A beast unto itself. Behold!

Following a widely successful debut single release 'Heyshaw' in the summer of 2021, KEG saw major support from publications such as NME, DIY, Dork, So Young, Clash and more. BBC 6Music support began with Steve Lamacq and resulted in continued support at the station. Leading into their debut EP Assembly, released October 2021, KEG toured with contemporaries such as Squid and Talk Show. KEG are a seven piece. Albert (vocals), Joel (bass) & Will (synth) grew up together around the seaside Yorkshire town of Bridlington; and like many artists growing up in removed quarters of the country, they shared a yearning to leave. Spreading to different parts of the country after leaving school, they found their bandmates in their respective cities and found one another once again on the southern shores of Brighton.

Frank (guitar), whose background resides mostly in hip-hop, afforded a unique pulse with a guitar sound which is manic, discordant but firm. Jules (guitar) whose songwriting sensibilities come from a love of cadence and craft of beautiful soul ballads, imbued the band with his structured sense of composition. Both Charlie (trombone & shell) and Johnny (drums) come from classically trained Jazz backgrounds.

The new EP "came about quite naturally, unconsciously it all seemed to line up, perhaps with the exception of Kids which is just a nice radio friendly song about hating your offspring."

Girders will be out on 2nd September 2022 via Alcopop! Records/BMG.


UK Tour Dates

May 5th | The Loft - Portsmouth, UK May 6th | Sidney & Matilda - Sheffield, UK May 7th | The Piper - St-Leonards-On-Sea, UK May 8th | The Forum - Tunbridge Wells, UK May 12th/13th | The Great Escape Festival - Brighton, UK May 15th | Hare & Hands - Birmingham, UK May 20th | The Crescent - York, UK May 21st | Esquires - Bedford, UK May 28th | Wide Awake Festival - London, UK May 28th | Dot To Dot Festival - Bristol, UK May 29th | Dot To Dot Festival - Nottingham, UK May 30th | Future Yard - Birkenhead, UK July 8th | Also Festival - Warwick, UK July 22nd | Latitude Festival - Suffolk, UK July 24th | Standon Calling Festival - Standon, UK July 29th | Farmfest - Burton, UK July 30th | Deer Shed Festival - Thirsk, UK August 5th | Wilderness Festival - Oxfordshire, UK August 12th | Sur Le Lac Festival - St Gallen, Switzerland August 21st | Green Man Festival - Crickhowell, UK September 1st | End Of The Road Festival - Salisbury, UK September 3rd | Manchester Psych Festival - Manchester, UK September 16th | Roisin Dubh - Galway, Ireland September 17th | Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland September 18th | Ulster Sports Bar - Belfast, Ireland November 3rd | Heartbreakers - Southampton, UK November 4th | Strings Bar - Newport, UK November 9th | The Bodega - Nottingham, UK November 10th | Cluny 2 - Newcastle, UK November 11th | Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK November 12th | Sneaky Pete's - Edinburgh, UK November 13th | Broadcast - Glasgow, UK November 15th | The Louisiana - Bristol, UK November 16th | Komedia - Brighton, UK November 17th | 100 Club - London, UK

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