History lesson! On July 31st 1775, the return of the Endeavour and Captain Cook to the docks of Portsmouth is amongst many of famous arrivals in this historic English city. Well now we have Portsmouth’s Kodiak Jack – who have already made an impact playing the renowned Isle of Wight festival and winning the Best Band category at this year’s Portsmouth Guide Awards – a band who are setting their sights on their own tour of discovery!
To be honest, it may be difficult at times to get past Bryn Roberts’ vocals as he sounds more like Chad Kroeger than Chad Kroeger does these days but if you imagine a mainstream sound that resembles Nickleback, with a smattering of the Foo Fighters, this clean and inspired EP – well produced with driving riffs courtesy of Jon ‘The Dirt’ Karp, Jeff Arnold (Lead Guitar) and a solid backing crew of Kev Farren on Bass and Keiran Bellinger on Drums – should prove to be a surprise package.
Scars‘ 4 tracks clearly show that the band have their feet well under the table and are well equipped to produce the goods with a depth of experience in writing, quality production and rising support from such heady outfits as Planet Rock Radio! Our conclusion? If you’ve failed to catch on to Kodiak Jack before now then listen to Scars for a lip-smacking taster of things to come. Older tracks such as “Brother” may be more immediate but it’s well worth looking out for a full album from Pompey’s favourite sons in the near future, or pitching up at one of their electrifying gigs, to get the full picture! 8/10