+ THE FUSES
2015 was the year that Kassassin Street broke out from their home town of Portsmouth and started spreading their infectious blend of psyche-infused indie-dance nationwide. Previously, they had established themselves in their home town - selling out the Wedgewood Rooms - and releasing two well received singles, including the anthemic indie-dance onslaught of ‘Centre Straight Atom’.
Two releases in 2015 – To Be Young and the Radio Silence EP – were supported by radio both here in the UK and in Spain, The Netherlands, Germany and the US (Jason Kramer and Brian Crow at KCRW; Shannon Sauter at KEXP), as well being received to fantastic reviews from blogs across the board, from Indie Shuffe, When The Gramophone Rings, and Breaking More Waves (‘goes at it like two lustful lovers who haven’t seen each other for months and doesn’t let up until it has climaxed after a glorious three minutes and forty seconds.’) amongst many others.
They played a full summer of festivals including Blissfields, Beatherder, Secret Garden Party, and Bestival. Their festival season ended with a triumphant homecoming slot at Victorious Festival, which was described as “a truly spectacular performance” (Vulture Hound). They embarked on their first national tour in November, selling out many of the shows and ending on another sell out at the Wedgewood Rooms.
The band have spent 2016 writing new material, venturing out of Portsmouth for a handful of shows. Radio 3 in Spain flew them out for a slot at the SOS 4.8 festival after being selected via a listener poll – and hundreds of fans turned up to watch their set. The same happened at Y Not, Live at Leeds, and Koko in London, the hard slog of the previous year paying off. They also released the electro-punky ‘Hand In My Pocket’. Again played by their supporters at radio, the single was well reviewed by Music Ninja, Indie Shuffle, and Indie Is Not A Genre.
The rest of 2016 will be spent working on the material that will form their debut album, and before another nationwide tour in November.