Single Review: Kahuna's 'Throw'
After a long wait, Kahuna have finally released their first single a few weeks back, and let’s just say it was well worth the wait. As a fan of the band, I was hoping for a release of ‘Need You’, but when I clicked on a link to ‘Throw’ on Spotify I was more than satisfied.
As soon as the song plays it opens with the typical frantic rhythms seen in all good Ska music, giving off such a punch, thanks to the excellent rhythm sections Kahuna have become known for.
It’s that classic ska guitar sound; building up together with the brass in the verses only to then slow down in the chorus to have a chilled out Reggae vibe which really makes this song stand out.
One thing that I absolutely love about this band is the way that all five of them have synchronised so well as musicians on this track, you could even use the tired cliché of saying they sound “tight”.
One of my favourite aspects of the song is the Trumpet solo played by Ben Carthy, before Ross Barnes comes in with a fantastic guitar riff to complement it in a duel between Brass and Strings, which complement each other immensely.
Another stand out feature takes the form of the walking basslines played by James Dowse.
I think a lot of people would compare these basslines to a legendary bass player like Paul McCartney, but I am instantly reminded of the legendary Eric Wilson from cult band Sublime due to the thick tones.
In a lot of ways I feel Kahuna are rather like a Geordie (more punk rocky) version of Sublime, with Joey Swindell’s drumming having a rather free flowing style similar to Bud Gaugh’s and John Dickinson’s voice having a similar range to the late great Bradley Nowell’s.
This moves me onto the lyrics and singing in ‘Throw’…
The first thing that struck me during the band’s live performances was John’s singing, it’s almost like he’s telling a story.
‘Throw’ captures this excellently with its hard-hitting lyrics that paint a rather bleak reality of North East life under a beautifully summary and cheerful song that anyone can dance a long to.
The talent in Kahuna is undeniable, and anyone who hasn’t checked them out yet needs to attend one of their shows just to witness how talented they truly are.
I recently saw them at Think Tank about a month ago supporting another band. As soon as Ben whipped his trumpet out, a girl behind me went “What on earth are these guys supposed to be?” I was tempted to reply “One of the best up and coming acts in the country, that’s what”.
I hope to see them release more singles in the future as well as play in more cities to really show England what Kahuna are all about, and why Ska is coming back with a vengeance!
Photography by BFG Photography