Ikara Colt - Wanna Be That Way

Ikara Colt had an interesting career so far. A debut album, rave reviews from the NME, losing a bass player, gaining a bass player and playing sell-out gig at the ICA have all been tests they've passed with flying colours. They are currently locked in a studio with At The Drive-In/Mars Volta producer Alex Newport from which this preview copy of new single, Wanna Be That Way has escaped. It'll be released on February 16th, and will be available in a variety of formats, from scratchy old vinyl to posh CD with a video track.

This is tasty punk rock with attitude, a meaty descending riff slightly reminiscent of early Stooges stuff, but with a post-modern, hyper twist. The influence of Alex Newport is clear, and the whole thing is a breathless three-minutes worth of contemporary post-punk that's instantly catchy and demands a repeat play or three. It's a promising song, indeed, and from opening, throbbing bass-line to closing chaotic thrashing about, it's never less than a quite a wonderful thing. The album is released May 2004 and, if all the songs are as good as this, it'll be great. Have a look at their website for more info and a chance to download the video.

Overall

8

out of 10

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