The 'Move' Buzz!
Rocktologist Audio Interview with Mel Sanson (Kenelis)
Donald Strachen speaks to Mel,backstage at their EP launch at 100 Club about everything that happened in 2012
Kenelis Feature in Viva Le Rock January 2013
Kenelis 'Move' EP Review by Punk Prospect
‘Moving To Brighton’ is a strong opener as the dirty guitar riff gives you a feel of how Move’s going to sound. Sanson’s vocals are soft and deceptively sweet on the verse but as the bridge kicks in she ramps up the aggression and belts it out ‘Don’t Kill My Rock’ starts with Sanson telling us just how much music means to her: “I found my way when I learned guitar, I got direction when I sang my lyrics” and carries a solid shouted hook whereas next track ‘Open Your Eyes’ is more
mellow. ‘Open Your Eyes’ starts off with a fierce riff a little like Muse’s famous ‘Hysteria’ (if you haven’t listened to this DO IT NOW). The verse is suitably punk
sounding but when you get to the chorus it takes a melancholy turn with the instrumentation providing a beautiful harmony with Sanson’s vocals. This
beautiful song writing technique is why ‘Open Your Eyes’ is definitely the highlight of Move.
Finally we have ‘GFY’ (I have no idea what this stands for…) which sounds the most likely to become a single. ‘GFY’s infectious pop chorus is met with Sanson’s huge vocals on the chorus as she yells “I want to be a shade of violet like my heart”. Guaranteed to stick in your head, this is a track that shows Kenelis’ potential not only as great musicians but also as contenders to break into the mainstream.
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Kenelis 'Move' EP Review by Alt Sounds
"Kenelis’ Move is a 5 track collection of power rock, bursting with caffeine driven riffs, perforating bass licks and explosive beats that encompasses the female led vocals of Mel Sanson. The blend of old school punk, infused with the rebellious nature of traditional rock with a ripping backbone in the form of Sanson’s galvanising vocals makes Move an EP that lifts its glass to all the infectious elements of yesterday’s unruly music scene that’s absent from a lot of what’s sifted through today’s sound waves.
Move is heavy, drenched in distorted melodies and pulsating with flare, a delicious concoction of power rock that makes incredible driving tunes, especially in the shadows of the night. The lyrics are flowing with meaning and disposition, with tracks like ‘Moving to Brighton’ and ‘Open Your Eyes’ perfect examples of the personality behind the words. The rough and ready nature is showcased in Mel’s gorgeous raspy vocals, and the balance between production and the essence of life that you can only usually get from old analogue recording techniques is depicted in a wonderfully gritty way.
The EP is another great offering from the Brighton rockers, showing their evolution from their previous albums, but also having a great deal more to give. We’ve joined Kenelis at a pivotal part of their musical voyage, with a heap of exiting things lying in their path up ahead. Can’t wait to see what they’ll be getting up to in 2013."
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Kenelis 'EP' Launch Review by Planet London
The set came to a close with the remaining three songs from the EP – 'GFY', 'Open Your Eyes' and finally 'Moving To Brighton'. The last based on Mel's move to live in Brighton which has clearly been a highly inspirational event leading to the recording of this EP. The soaring and melodic guitar work at points in this song simply have to be heard to be fully appreciated. Punk – included, garage – included, rock – included; at the end of day, however, I'm not too worried about trying to classify Kenelis as to me, they are quite simply KENELIS, a wonderfully unique band that I am so glad to have stumbled acros
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Kenelis 'Move' EP Launch G3 Feature
Kenelis rock, hard. The girl fronted band from Brighton have been around for a while. This year front-woman Mel Sanson has teamed up with some top-notch local Brightonian musicians to create their EP "Move", released on December 10.
With distinct throw-backs to the riot-grrrl era, Kenelis ain’t messing around. Their brand of no-nonsense, up-front and in-your-face grunge and punk rock may not to be everyone's
tastes: "It’s been taken too far, fuckin’ open your eyes, fuckin’ open your eyes.” But if you like your music hard and fast and want to get up close and personal in the mosh pit, this band's the one for you.
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