The Keys
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The Keys

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The best kept secret in music


"The Keys @ The ICA, London 15/7/2003"

The Keys used to be Murry The Hump, who I never managed to hear or see. My friend Jim says they were ace tho, so let’s give The Keys a listen, eh? They do some countrypop meanderings, creaking and whimsical, a bit of steel guitar would go right lovely in here. Then it all goes a bit Revolver era Beatles – skew-whiff ringing guitarry rockinpop stuff, including sparkling new single ‘Love Your Sons and Daughters’. There’s an epic chiming song of juddering splendour that makes me think of olden tymes Teenage Fanclub (ie. ‘Everything Flows’) and then a gorgeous Beach Boysish set closer complete with jingle bells and a Super Furry-worthy melody. A delightful array of delicious pop comestibles. - Kitten Painting

"The Keys @ London Barfly 6/10/2003"

Mathew Evans makes an unlikely front man, but has it where it counts. Charismatic, in a cool-geek sort of way, he has a voice either of the Gallagher’s would kill to own. Opener tonight, Black Book highlights this easy charisma. It' s a charming rock'n'roll number; no frills but filled with a swagger and velocity that bely its simple structure. And then the opening chords of From Tense To Loose To Slack start up, and things get a little more weird.

Employing a haunting, twanging guitar, this song wouldn't seem out of place in a David Lynch movie. It's cold and distorted country music here, that the middle sections odd interpretation of 'Apache' highlight.

Other highlights include a blistering performance of their single, Love Your Sons And Daughters, which sounds raw and bleeding live. The band themselves are extremely relaxed with themselves, a relaxation that is at once contagious and engaging. They clearly love being in the live setting and communicate well with the audience, building up a good rapport.

What The Keys do so well, which makes them so appealing, is their reinvention and reinterpretation of a style of music that has never really gone out of fashion. If The Ramones had formed in the 1950's, they may well have sounded like The Keys. See them if you can. - Karl Wareham


Singles (released on Too Pure in 2003): -
Strength of Strings
Love Your Sons&Daughters
From Tense to Loose to Slack

Album (released on Too Pure in 2003): -
The Keys


Feeling a bit camera shy


After being handpicked as main support for the Arthur Lee and Love UK tour of 2003, The Keys were then voted in the Top Ten of John Peel's Festive Fifty and their feisty live set of Bo Diddley-esque, garage rock splendour has seen them become a big success in front of enthusiastic UK audiences. Forming in 2003 in Cardiff, Wales and influenced by artists such as The Beatles, The Byrds, Link Wray, The Everly Brothers, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Sonics and The Beach Boys, The Keys have crafted fine songs and combined it with a great stage presence. They have one self titled LP released on Too Pure records back in 2003 and are currently unsigned. In between playing brilliant live shows, they are currently working on a new LP entitled "Vita Hope".