PREVIEW: Casiokids @ Hare & Hounds, Jan 19th

Casiokids, Norwegian’s left-left-up-left of centre electro ensemble, come to the Hare & Hounds on Jan 19th, marking the beginning of their 2012 UK tour.

Back in blighty to promote their 3rd album, the Scrabble challenging – ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ (out on Moshi Moshi Records – Jan 16th), Casiokids play 9 dates from Glasgow to Tunbridge Wells. With Birmingham being the first, so check us out and our big selves.

Once described by NME as ‘the best thing to come out of Norway since black metal’, and ‘cartoon trance’ by Rolling Stone, Casiokids have been hard to pin down. No bad thing. Combining pop (ish, kind of) melodies with slick electronica, live instruments with analogue keyboards, and shadow theatre with puppetry (oh yes), the boys from Bergen have generated a fair amount of good copy. Although my favourite description is currently ‘space disco’.

And it’s not only broadcast and print who seems embroiled in Casiokids praise. Norway’s still ashamedly most recognised band, A-ha, gave them 1million Krone (just shy of ₤110,000) for being one of the most ‘promising exports’ in their country’s music industry. Strangely pragmatic, but its hard to argue with a suitcase of cash.

In fact, it’s been hard to find much criticism of Casiokids at all. ‘There’s no sense of challenge on this record’, was about the worst I could unearth, after Googling ‘I hate Casio Kids’. And even that was surrounded by a herd of back handed compliments.

But it’s not down to me, or search engine abuse, or even the post McNicholas cat litter tray liner, its down to you.

So let us know what you think. We’ll be posting some Casiokids tracks on our Facebook page until the gig (www.facebook.com/birminghamreview – link to you right), so have a look/listen and write to reply.

Casiokids play the Hare & Hounds on January 19th, for more info and ticket links visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/2011/11/25/casio-kids/

For more info on Casiokids visit http://casiokids.com

Cesilia Oriana Trecaquista will be at the Hare & Hounds on Jan 19th, for the Birmingham Review

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