CD Review: The Kavanaghs S/T

When rock was developing, one of the stages of the music came in the form of bands and musicians from England taking the blues-based rock music that had been created by the American musicians and turning it into something a little different by taking the music and sending it in a whole different direction. This time period in rock was referred to as “The British Invasion”. With the British influence now existing in the music, the world of rock music was changed forever. And in the last ten years or so, many rock musicians and bands have brought many of those styles back into the music to freshen up a genre that has had a recent history of being a little too stale. It is over in England that a 21st Century version of the British Invasion has been taking place. Bands like Coldplay and Stereophonics have been at the forefront of this new English-based influence to rock. While a large amount of music containing this influence has obviously been created by English bands, the revival of the British Invasion has not been contained just in Great Britain; there are many groups out there right now from all over the globe that are joining in on this revival. One of the bands from outside of Great Britain creating music of this style is the Argentina-based band The Kavanaghs.

The Kavanaghs consist of four musicians: Alejandro Pin, Diego Vazquez, Tiago Galindez and Julio Leidi. This foursome creates a quartet modeled after the Fab Four, which includes having two singers (Pin and Galindez) sharing vocal duties. But their sound is so much more than just a copy of the sound that The Beatles created; you can also hear today’s bands like Coldplay and others in their style.

Recently, The Kavanaghs just released a new self-titled album of original music that features this mix of old and new styles together. The first song of the album, "The Wrong Side of the Way", actually has a style and feels more like it fits with current bands than it does with bands from the first English musical invasion. And then "Friday On My Mind" (and no, not the song from The Easybeats) sounds like it fits with the style of The Beatles. The album seems to proceed that way: part of the songs fit the earlier British Invasion, while others fit with bands that are currently creating music over in England. The combination of the two styles creates an interesting contrast and keep the listener interested in what direction the band will take with the next song on the album. The only song that is contained within the album that does not fall into the pattern is "Cat In Town", a song that sounds more like a combination of The Beatles and Stray Cats.

Whether playing songs in the style of the first British Invasion or the current British Style, the Argentinean band of The Kavanaghs have created an album of music that fans of either style should really enjoy.

To find out more about The Kavanaghs and their music, check out the band’s website at www.thekavanaghs.com.ar.  You can also find the band on MySpace at www.myspace.com/thekavanaghs. Also check out the website for the record label at www.eternalsunday.com.ar.

To find the band's album, click on the cover below: