Kamikaze Girls’ debut record Seafoam is a real treat for those with patience. With a real genre mashing, combining shoe-gaze, grunge and punk-rock. You can guarantee that you won’t get your head around this album in one listen. But go back to it and after a while it starts to make sense. That seems to be what the band wants as well, with heavily introspective lyrics that keep making you come back to understand the struggles of the subject matter and riffs that are catchy enough to drag you back in time and time again, Kamikaze Girls will get you hooked on the first try and completely submerge you in their world by the third listen.
The first half of this album is definitely the better half though. There’s more emotion to the lyrics that vocalist/guitarist Lucinda Livingstone is delivering. A greater sense of anger towards the injustices being presented within the songs. That doesn’t mean to say that the albums second half is a significant drop though, more a half to let the listener calm down and reflect on the state of the world rather than feel angry towards it.
With all this emotion running through the lyrics it is good to see that the guitar hooks and melodies are wonderful. They compliment the lyrics really well and help to create the sense of emotion the band are aiming to hit you with from start to finish.
What Kamikaze Girls have achieved with this record is nothing short of remarkable. Independently creating an album that sounds more polished and yet more raw than most records with big label backings is a serious achievement and goes to show that the DIY UK music scene is in good health with Kamikaze Girls being at the fore front of it.