Alternative Christmas continue at Indieterria. Many of our readers were absolute legends helping out during the fan campaign to get Jarvis Cocker`s single “Running The World” to #2 in the UK charts. We thought that after our shared Top 40 adventures, we will write about equally brilliant Christmas song recorded by a band that is making waves on indie circuit.
Those who follow our blog will be familiar with future rock stars known as The Kecks. We have interviewed them and followed their musical development for about a year now. It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to see them evolve and develop their (incredibly huge) potential.
The Kecks came into being after mighty Manuka Hive came to an end and their arrival caught us by surprise. We were not expecting such a radiant mix of alternative rock, psychedelia, post punk and avant-garde. But sonic palette was just part of the package. The Kecks emerged from obscurity full of ideas and with a clear cut artistic vision. Blade Runner like visuals (images, videos), gender bending wardrobe, their courage to be photographed wearing dresses or holding hands in public. There was sense of adventure, rebellion, challenging of social norm in how they carried themselves on and off stage, how they merged different elements to create their own unique identity as artists and performers.
It was impossible not to fall in love with The Kecks almost instantly. And we were not the only ones. In just a year the band managed to get decent following on social media, released a successful single (Stick in My Throat), played a session for BBC Introducing, released a live video (All For Me) and played European tour that took them though Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France and UK.
The band responded to their fans in a manner that could truly warm even the coldest of hearts. Please allow us to quote their statement in full: “The support we’ve received in this first year has been phenomenal and we just wanted to do something as a little fun as a way of saying thanks to everyone who has taken the time to check us out this year. We look forward to catching up with you all on the road again in 2020 and have plenty of new music primed ready for your ears in the new year!”
And so they wrap up 2019 releasing a live version of Mud`s festive favourite Lonely This Christmas.
Written in 1974, this classic song went to number #1 and was performed on Top of The Pops. The single was a homage to Elvis Presley and members of Mud dedicated it to the King of Rock and Roll for his 40th birthday.
The Kecks` version is very much on point and retains the slower Elvis-like singing of the original, but without the unnecessary pomp and kitsch. The song is stripped back and reinvigorated, dusted off and brought up to date for XXI century. It still sounds retro, vintage even but was given a very strong modern approach that will also appear for younger audience.
Lonely This Christmas was recorded as part of Glade Sessions. It was organised by Alexander Luebbe, produced by Carlos Andres and filmed by Yotam Schwartz.
It`s not always a safe bet to take on a classic song – but The Kecks come on top in their version of Lonely This Christmas. It shows their strength and ambition as a band. If you can own a song written by a rock legends –then you can pretty much do anything, the sky`s the limit.
And this is what we would like to wish to The Kecks for 2020.
The band has been featured on our blog before. We absolute adore them:
The Kecks have been getting more and more attention in the national and European blogs and magazines. If you are curious who they are and want to learn more, please check out those articles as well:
You can follow the band on socials:
We hope you enjoy the posts and the music and we want to wish you all the best in the new decade dear readers.
See you soon with a lot of stuff coming up.