Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Branded Band Excites a Live Loyalty of Sorts; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Branded Band Excites a Live Loyalty of Sorts; POP

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

Kubb

Islington Bar Academy

WELL positioned as they are in the slipstream of Keane's astonishing success, a suspicion clings to London four-piece Kubb. All the evidence points to them being possibly assembled with the input of focus groups of Radio 2 listeners to capitalise on the current taste for sensitive rock ballads.

Two key songwriters for the band met singer Harry Collier through Rollo, producer brother of Dido.

However, the Kubb co-writers remain behind the scenes, while hired hands were recruited to play drums, guitar and keyboards.

Kubb also share a branding agency with Keane, so that even their album sleeve's colour will be chosen to reflect the Kubb "experience".

Of course, the live experience is hard to fake, and the strapping Collier, who grew up in Tobago, does have a powerful voice. The gimleteyed frontman showed it off to remarkable effect during the pianodriven single Remain, holding the high notes while a front row of rapt young women politely tapped along and took photos. …

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