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Kakuzi

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"Surface Unsigned '09 Reviews"

They are a bit different, I like different, it signifies change, and any change is welcome. The keyboard player stuck out like a siren, alert and piercing, providing the backdrop for the lead guitar parts, which prowl in and out of the song, effortlessly keeping pace with animated lead singer Lucas. Having self produced 2 albums, we get a 20 minute set of greatest hits from these Leatherhead boys. An alt/pop 5-some, Kakuzi have enough energy the reanimate corpses, creating a legion of die-hard fans that may start the apocalypse… just a thought. - 11/02/09

I think the easiest way to describe this band would be to say, “Imagine if Cold Play and the Arcade Fire mutated (I don’t mean in a gross X-MEN kind of way, more a fusion) into one another and formed a 5 piece band that incorporated both sound and look” well that is only half of it, in all actuality you will probably fall over, when out of nowhere their sound comes, crashing in with its key’s, synth’s and a bountiful sound that is really quite stunning. They engage the crowd and look good doing so; their demeanour suggested they’d been performing thousands, not hundreds. - 24/08/09

A sound that is becoming fuller and more confident of itself with every gig, I’ve watched Kakuzi from the beginning and have watched them grow into naturals. But it goes deeper than that. The songs are mini-masterpieces in themselves; full of every quality that makes the songs so memorable. They provide the whole package, the uniform of bright military colours and war paint. They have the opportunity to use Surface Unsigned as a stepping stone and catapult themselves into the spot light. A really cosmic energy on stage and in the crowd that makes them the perfect band to end the night. - 27/9/09

by David Couchman - David Couchman, Surface Unsigned


Discography

10/07 - Senses EP
10/08 - Corridors EP
Sun Kissed Planet EP - COMING SOON in 2010

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The band was originally started by Ali, Dave and Sam in early 2006. By the end of the year Lucas had joined and helped to install a solid musical direction over the most part of 2007. They gigged where they could, achieving 2nd place in the Mole valley Youth battle of the bands.
They released their first EP ‘Senses’ October ’07. The sound was a little disjoined but was an indicator as to what would come over the next year, taking influence from acts such as Radiohead, Faithless and Muse.
Over the next year the band became more focused and other members of the band became more involved with Lucas in the writing process, creating a more unique and original sound. They re-entered the Mole valley botb’s, this time winning, and also making the final in Guildford and Kingston. They also played some small festivals in Dorking and Epsom. They finished 2008 with the introduction of new bass player Alex and the release of a new EP ‘Corridors’. Which was widely accepted to be a much more polished EP than ‘Senses’.
Despite having a large catalogue of popular songs by this point, at the begginging of 2009 Kakuzi spent some time in Wales working on new material. This was to avoid things getting a bit stale. The aim was to make the live show completely unforgettable and to ultimately get signed. They we’ve voted the best unsigned band in London and the south-east and played at the O2 in the Surface Unsigned Festival ’09. In October they signed with Major-G.