CROSSING the Irish Sea for two nights of live music this weekend is Blackpool punky grunge outfit Kraul.
First on the scene in 2001, Kraul have made several trips to the island, most recently in 2007, performing at The Cornerhouse and Bushy’s Basement Bar. This time around they will play The Creek in Peel tomorrow (Friday) and The Engine Room at The Ship in Castletown on Saturday, joined by local rockers Postcode and fellow Blackpool band, heavy rock comedy act The Awesomeness.
Kraul guitarist and vocalist Luke Williams said: ‘The Kraul Isle of Man trips have become quite legendary and this time around there will be 16 of us. Postcode and The Awesomeness are good friends of ours so these gigs are gonna be a lot of fun for us and our audience.’
With a line-up completed by drummer Rob Greaves and bassist Adam Shaw, Kraul describe their sound as a mixture of hardcore punk crossed with melodic rock, reminiscent of grunge and punk bands of the early 90s.
A four-year break finished with a reunion gig in Glasgow last year. Since then the band have independently released singles Social Cycle and Up In This Peace, receiving airplay on radio stations including Kerrang!, Rock Radio, Q, Amazing Radio and NME. The band has also toured the UK extensively including prestigious venues such as King Tuts in Glasgow and the 100 Club in London.
Live performances on BBC Introducing and Manchester’s Channel M set the stage for the band to record a live album which they plan to release on a double cassette this month, while there are also plans to record and release their debut studio album next year (on vinyl).