Experimental rock five-piece Kitten Pyramid released their striking debut album Uh-Oh! in the Spring.
The record juxtaposes so many surprising and jarring elements that The Guardian’s Paul Lester suggests“ Picasso himself could have been at the controls.”
In his New Band of the Day column in the Guardian he writes;
“They're a progressive rock band. After that, fact-wise, everything is a blur. Even that fact - in fact - is a bit vague, or open to interpretation, conjecture and heated debate, that they're a progressive rock band, because although there are prog elements in their music, there are also folk ones, punk ones, heavy metal ones, and, oddly, glam ones. One of their tracks sounds like Kaiser Chiefs meets King Crimson, another offers a mashup of mariachi, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Mott the Hoople, and another is like Zappa ripping the piss out of Pink Floyd. Dark Side of the Burnt Weeny Sandwich, anyone?”
Uh-Oh! was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios by producer Nick Brine (Super Furry Animals, Beta Band, Teenage Fan Club, Oasis, Seasick Steve), also a huge fan of the band:
“The Kitten Pyramid session was a great experience for me. It was so refreshing to have such an exciting and creative approach to making a record…it is one of the most creative, fun, rewarding and at times heartfelt albums I’ve had the pleasure to work on. I can’t wait for everyone to enter their world.”
Sounding like a wonderful mixture between Super Furry Animals, Frank Zappa, Bowie and Field Music, Kitten Pyramid was fashioned by artist Scott Milligan who initially put the band together to play the sound track to a movie in the making (also called Uh-Oh!) with his late uncle as the catalyst for the story which explores schizophrenia.
Both the album and the movie is the culmination of several talented people collaborating to create something that is refined, spectacular, exciting and intricate but also communicates the beginning of a story, which will evolve throughout this year and no doubt fascinate many.
Watch Kitten Pyramid’s second single “English Rosa” which Lester refers to as the albums “epic centrepiece”.It features Procol Harum hero Dave Ball starring as the Grim Reaper.