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Rising Stars: Kagoule 

Nottingham trio Kagoule formed at school and quickly became a hot live ticket in their home town, burning up venues with their feedback heavy guitar sound.


Consisting of Cai Burns, Lucy Hatter and Lawrence English, the outfit have seen accolades pile up at their feet via a handful of limited vinyl releases and an immense set at last year’s Glastonbury.

The band’s sound takes the best bits of Fugazi, the Pixies and the classic grunge of the Smashing Pumpkins, adding extra scuzz, melody and brutality as best heard on previous releases It Knows it and Monarchy. Rave reviews from Artrocker and Drowned in Sound led to a deal with noise fans Earache Records and the band have been recording their debut album ever since.

Along with other ‘new’ rock bands including PINs, Drenge and Slaves, the three piece are turning heads towards guitars again. Look out for their forthcoming seven inch The Bastard on dirty gold vinyl for Record Store Day 2015. They’re also appearing at this year’s Great Escape…


We first started writing music because…
Mrs Turner told us to.

We have been making music since…
Our GCSE music project started. Our coursework is now well overdue.

Our music is…
guitar, bass, drums and a spot of confusion.

You’ll like our music if you listen to…
Dischord Records, Tough and Go Records, clocks ticking, your boiler, the kettle, your next door neighbours through your bedroom wall.

Our favourite venue is…
JT Soar, a DIY vegetable factory in Nottingham.

Music is important because…
Dancing is important.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Constantly changing. It’s different everyday. I was inspired by the sound of the milkshake machine at work earlier.

Our dream collaboration would be…
With our past selves.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Gush will be happy for you to look after it for a little while.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Richer, healthier and happier.

In 10 years time we want to be…
90 percent machine.

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