The mission of Good Music Matters is to find incredible bands and give them the promotion they deserve, regardless of how much material they have released. Throughout our nearly two-year history we have featured bands who have released as little as one track, or as many as seven studio albums. Quality music is all that matters.
However, we have never featured a band who have not released any material, but have earned a feature based purely on the quality of a live show. This is exactly what I’m doing this week by featuring KHARTOUM.
Last week I was invited to attend a show at the Rocksteady, a new rock venue in Dalston Kingsland. The bill saw rockers Black Peaks being supported by KHARTOUM, a band I was previously unaware of. Needless to say I was blown away by KHARTOUM’s performance, a fact I’ll elaborate on in this week’s review.
Sonically, Khartoum can be broadly defined as a psychedelia-laced rock band, with grunge elements apparent in a few tracks. They are a five-piece from London featuring Oscar Dunbar on vocals, guitarist and singer Cameron Gallaher, guitarist David English, bassist Jake Tulley and drummer Scarlett Alexander.
The band have recorded a 5-track EP, but have asked me not to share it with the public just yet as they are making a few alterations before releasing it. While I am very much looking forward to hearing a more fully-realised KHARTOUM EP, the demos they sent across to me are absolutely fantastic, and whet the appetite for what is to come.
The demos have a much calmer air about them than the tracks performed live, with a few of the tracks just featuring Dunbar and Gallaher. The more deeply layered tracks ‘Green Or Gold’ and ‘Get Out Of The City’ see strong blues influences, and stand up nicely to the softer ‘Scars Of A Girl’ and the beautiful closer ‘Crossed Lovers’.
An incredible exciting band from London, Good Music Matters is proud to feature KHARTOUM as our band of the week.
Until next time, enjoy the –psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll- music.