MKII are a progressive, symphonic, alt-rock duo from Huddersfield made up of Andy on Drums and Alex on Guitar and Vocals.
MKII was formed late in 2014 by two old school friends looking to bring something refreshing, loud and epic on to the scene. MKII combine complex computer controlled fx wizardry with bombastic guitar riffs, catchy hooks and symphonic elements with many influences – MUSE, Radiohead, Royal Blood, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Marmozets, White Stripes, We Are The Ocean, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, The Strokes, The Killers, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Arctic Monkeys.
The new Ep, Breaking Out is 5 tracks-
- Breaking Out
There is a wide range of styles present on the EP, which makes it like a showcase of capabilities, or perhaps a chef’s taster menu. I don’t mean this in a bad way. It was good to get a feel for the band and there scope.
Whereas the Muse influence is definitely present, especially on Isolation where Alex’s vocals are very much akin to Matt Bellamy, this contrasts with the first track, Breaking Out which is much more of a Smashing Pumpkins style arrangement.
The third track, Delirium, is a nod of the head to Royal Blood and has a strong head-nodding chorus.
Victorious raises the pace of the album and exhibits much more of the electronic jiggery pokery and a bit of vocal trickery with reverb, delay and overdubbing. A lighter version of Linkin Park (without the screaming).
Finally, Guilty takes us to a Royal Blood/Muse lovechild theme with a stronger guitar-led track and more Matt Bellamy-esque vocals.
Overall this album showcases who MKII is and what they can do. They aren’t a one trick pony, but on the other hand they know what they do well and don’t deviate a long way from their path. There are variations without the EP being confused about it’s parentage.
This is a good album and I’d be interested to see how it translates to a live gig as it isn’t obvious, unlike a previous review for The Bagatelles. There’s a lot here for two guys to carry off live and I would be fascinated to see how they manage it. I expect the tracks sound very different, but that ain’t no bad thing. Similar to a previous review for Smiley and the Underclass where you get two different, but both excellent, experiences.
Definitely worth keeping an eye on these two guys!