In 2002 alternative grunge rock band Verbal Kink came exploding out of the apathy-inducing, narrow-minded confines of the backwater villages of West Oxfordshire UK, ready to take on the world via Quickfix Recordings with their storming debut album Day of the Syphons. Describing themselves as a passionate mess of sincerity, after just over a year of cutting their fiercely sharp teeth on the local gig circuit (supporting the likes of Mclusky, Johnny Truant, The Futureheads and The Revs) this album was soon followed by their highly anticipated next release, To The Rats.
The band quickly picked up a devoted fan base who were avidly stirred by the band's uncompromising punk rock attitude, integrity and frenetic live shows. Always throwing themselves into everything whole heartily and not satisfied with playing in just their hometown, Verbal Kink burst out of Oxfordshire playing a glorious haze of gigs around the Country including prestigious venues The Borderline and The Bull & Gate in London, earning themselves greater recognition, momentum and support slots with acts such as The Duke Spirit and Seafood and resulting in an exhilarating set at The Truck Festival in the summer of 2004.
“ We are looking at a band whose star is in its ascendancy”- BBC Oxford
“…A full-blooded barrage of noise”- Nightshift
Fired up and with a ferocious new line up in 2005 the band headed to the studio to capture their new heavier, more progressive and ostentatious live sound. Sadly, the recordings never saw the light of day as an EP with Verbal Kink soon parting way, much to the disappointment of their devoted fans.
Fast Forward to 2018 and we are excited to bring you these guttural and invigorating recordings as Temazepam Alcohol Suntan, digitally dusted off and mastered by local up and coming hip-hop producer Half Decent, sounding fresh and charged for 2018.
The EP brims with a barrage of furious riffing and succinct guitar interplay, exciting powerhouse rhythms and the infectious melodies and the song-writing savvy of dual vocalists/lyricists Luke Dunstan and Andy Douglas. The lyrics are intentionally obscure & cryptic inviting the listener to paint their own picture of the world we all live in. Temazepam Alcohol Suntan reveals a band battling angrily with issues even more prevalent now than they were nearly 15 years ago, dealing largely with contempt towards social and political injustices, touching on themes of mental health, the drudgery of daily life and the anguish of growing up in a claustrophobic world through psychedelic eyes.
Recorded during a time when perhaps grunge was a dirty word and released now, where a better path for rock has firmly been carved out by bands such as Pulled Apart By Horses, Royal Blood and Wolf Alice, 2018 seems to be a perfect time to unleash Temazepam Alcohol Suntan on our disaffected youth.