Review Summary: Yves Klein Blue, everyone will know their songs, but will have no idea who they are.
Yves Klein Blue are a band I first heard at a little pub in Geelong, Australia playing to what you would consider a small gathering of people, but not a crowd. Though this did not deter the groups playing at all, and gave us spectators what would be, a blistering 1 hour length set that has etched this band into my head. YKB, don’t seem like one of those bands that get some attention then fail to follow up, since they know how to utilize their talent, and wont fade away anytime soon.
The members of Yves Klein Blue are, well, fetching. They each have a mild mannered approached which really converts well when in the public eye, and really makes their live shows enjoyable.
When listening to their debut album, Ragged and Ecstatic
it generates a sort of butterfly-in-the-stomach feeling. It is one of those feel good records, but is no means a cheesy album. Meaning: that this album is a record from a growing indie band that is starting to venture out further than before, into the world of large fan bases, regular TV spots (like the current Mitsubishi Lancer ad, featuring the single Polka
) while trying not to compromise their humble beginnings.
Ragged and Ecstatic
is a spectacularly gathered mix of re–recorded songs off their previous EPs, some unrecorded but live show favourites and some brand new, fresh songs that show that the future of YKB is going to be quite a bright one. The track ‘Make Up Your Mind’ is a laid back, but foot tapping tune, that shows the versatility of the band while ‘Getting Wise’ is completely opposite - with it’s very Strokes sound – is as catchy as the apparent Swine Flu, and has a large replay factor. The now extremely well known popular ‘Polka’ is probably the best track of the album. It encompasses a very catchy, yet unique sound that make you want more from this band. Changing from fast paced guitar slashing, to a literal Polka for the guitar solo, ‘Polka’ is a chaotic but fun song. ‘About the Future’ changes the tempo of the album completely. It is a mellow, acoustic song prophesysing about our troubled world. The guitar may be played upbeat folksy feel, though the lyrics bring the song down to earth and give it substantial meaning:
What this generation needs is a war
But it’s hard to choose a side when you don’t know which is right.
All my friends are frustrated, boring or bored
Yes, they all derrain their minds without a good excuse as to why –
Lusting after yesterdays golden stars,
Ah well, maybe that just never happens anymore.
Their laid back style is obviously evident on the album, though it doesn’t mean they should be taken less seriously. They have written great songs, and have easily made their mark on the scene. The variance in their songs show that Yves Klein Blue mean business and have much more to offer then the over played Polka
. Fame wont affect the way Yves Klein Blue have become unique.
‘Make Up Your Mind’