Kukim
Live Morgantown Sound Radio Show


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam S. USER (6 Reviews)
May 10th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic live recording..

I suppose that when writing an album review it generally helps to know some background information about the release, or even just about the band. Whilst it can be interesting to read a detailed summary of [band] prior to the release of [album], occasionally, that just isn’t possible. Sometimes, part of dat feel of an album comes from the fact that it is a hidden treasure; it is a collection of songs from an unknown band who probably never wanted to become famous and were perfectly content with writings songs and just enjoying themselves.

As for Live Morgantown Sound Radio Show, it is a stretch to even call it an album. Kukim never officially released so much as an EP; all that remains of their work is a handful of recordings of songs they performed on a radio show in either 1993 or 1994. So yes, it isn’t professionally recorded and there aren’t layers upon layers of sound from hours spent in a studio but does that detract from its value? I think not, it’s hard to deny how real, how honest, how refreshing it is to hear a straightforward rendition of a bunch of songs that were probably the result of lazy basement jamming sessions over the course of a few months. Amusingly, between songs there are even interruptions by the radio show host: “Alright, that’s Kukim here, in the studio. They broke a string, we’re gonna be right back…”

Kukim only performed 8 tracks on the radio show that day but as far as I can tell, they are the only songs the band ever performed. Drawing inspiration from bands like Policy of Three and playing in the style of a less intense, less aggressive Hoover, they would best fit into the bracket of early to mid-90s bands that blur the line between post hardcore and emotive hardcore, unsurprising considering that Jay Demko – the vocalist and guitarist – was also in Lincoln (along with the drummer).

Most of the songs, notably ‘01’ and ‘07’, have a relaxed feel, with melodic basslines adding some texture to accompany the guitar parts. On the more intense tracks (‘04’ and ‘06’ in particular) there are more atonal chords and definitely a contrast to the softer tracks. This might look like a cop-out but Kukim have songs that are actually extremely difficult to describe unless you have listened to the band. I guess if you were to take Fugazi and then change the vocals and chill things out a bit a la Turnover you would have the basic feel of some of their songs. I’m almost certain that Kukim were heavily inspired by Fugazi because the style of the songs is similar and as they are from West Virginia, the DC scene was hardly a million miles away.

In the unlikely event of anyone having read my Yaphet Kotto review, you might recall I mentioned bands with a fantastic ability to seamlessly and effortlessly flow. Kukim are another band to fall into that group and despite being a live recording, the performance is near flawless. Having seen videos of Lincoln’s live performances, I don’t even think this was unusual for Demko bands. It might not be something you would usually check out but give it a go, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised, it really is an extraordinary recording.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Adabelle
May 10th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'Sup, check this. Second review, etc etc.

EDIT| Forgot italics for a section, will add Shotmaker, Lincoln and Fugazi to recommended section
whenever editing gets enabled haha

Adabelle
May 10th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

N'aww come on, not even one comment? It's not like I reviewed a band none of you have heard of..

Wait.

FelixCulpa
May 10th 2012


1240 Comments


"Shotmaker, Lincoln and Fugazi" well that's enough reason at least to check it out.

Adabelle
May 10th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet, here's a link to listen to the first track if you want:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjynQWmZZrg

FelixCulpa
May 10th 2012


1240 Comments


I'd knew this be up on VonLarkins account. Pretty good song.

Adabelle
May 10th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That channel is amazing, the guy who runs it and the person/people who do emoisdead
and screamoisdead are heroes

Adabelle
May 13th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Last bump for a month, i promise

Adabelle
May 19th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I lied.

sixdegrees
November 22nd 2013


17088 Comments


classic

Digging: School Food Punishment - Air Feel, Color Swim

suddykilljaywalkers
November 25th 2013


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn what the hell

sixdegrees
November 25th 2013


17088 Comments


of all the people to end up checking this....

suddykilljaywalkers
November 25th 2013


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why is this not a thing

Adabelle
November 26th 2013


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Omg no wayyy

BroFro
December 25th 2013


405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

those dudes need to get rid of those damn 3's. this is amazing.

Digging: Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

suddykilljaywalkers
December 25th 2013


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i actually listened to this today for some reason huh

Gwyn.
December 25th 2013


15096 Comments


yea i never feel like just casually listening to music i like either

Adabelle
December 26th 2013


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why are people listening to this now?



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