Cock n Bull Kid (plus chums!) at the ICA just as she signs to Island records!

 

            (plus guests!) at the ICA


By Emily Renard

Artwork by Sally Leach


 


Your Twenties have been practicing their backing vocals and harmonies.  These are the nervous boys with sweaty palms at the school disco, the guys practicing the guitar in their dad's garage and dreaming of meeting Raizorlight but hang on...  wait a minute ... they've taken the stage at the ICA, and none of us, including Your Twenties, feel very confident about this.

 

Numbingly irrelevant, vaguely melodic, slightly neurotic ... they're like The Beatles on tranquilizers minus the quirks and enthusiasm and a few decades too late ...  it's all so...limp. But no, hang on... the singer has stopped filling the gaps between their dreary tracks with tales from his school hall in Tott Ness(seriously) and he's dedicating a song to Annie in Elastica ... off they go again, passion, energy ... no, hang on ... did they come back for a moment, or was it just my own wishful thinking?

 

The magnificent Cocknbull kid knows who she is and what she's doing.  Nothing irrelevant here. She takes us back to a place we want to be. After months on the up, she'd finally signed to Island records a few hours previous, and it's with a celebratory attitude she delivers her brilliant electro-pop in a soaring throaty assertive voice - heartfelt, soulful, feisty and totally dancetastic.

 

Now, right now, is the moment for Anita Blay, aka the cocknbullkid to arrive. She does the synthed-up neon pop-culture oh so well. Perhaps it took a moment of electro for her to rise, but she won't be going anywhere when the moment changes. Her music is just too good.  And good inventive pop music like this is always relevant.  She may pretty much radiate coolness but there is heart and there is talent. This is not simply throwaway pop.

 

Her feisty and assertive presence shows she knows just what she's doing and where she could go. This is a woman who could be around for a long-while after the last guests at the electro-party leave. Let's hope Island lets her stay true to herself and remain distinctive her way. We have our fingers crossed and look forward to the album.

 

www.myspace.com/thecocknbullkid

 

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