In the midst of a global pandemic, and what we can only call a crushing year for so many, four musicians got together to kill some time by making music. It had been their passion individually for decades. And with what felt like never-ending lockdowns, the one thing they had was time. With diverse experience and backgrounds in folk, rock, hip hop and reggae, the music started to take shape, and Kandemic was born.
With everything going on in the world, it became clear from the very start that Kandemic had a lot to say and a story to tell. As one lockdown was followed by another, the band kept writing and recording music. And six months and thousands of cans of beer later, Kandemic realised they had an album in their hands and a message from far beyond the stars. Rock, punk, hip hop and reggae, and swapping between English and Italian languages, Kandemics sound picks from the past and sets out to make something new. Band members from Helsinki, Milan, Rome and Venice now call Dublin their home.
The production team consists of Killabase (ShotgunMunkeyz, Sudalicious ) Zar Acoustic (Headtrip Acoustic Project, Counter Intelligence) J.P. Kallio (Sliotar, Boneyard Bastards, Liberty Hell) NikMartken (Headtrip Acoustic Project, Krude Band)
On the 28th of March 2021, on a day of a super full moon, Kandemic released their first single 2020. And for the following year, Kandemic will release a new track with every full moon.
First full moon 28th March first track “2020” out. Check it out on Spotify
Second full moon 27th April second track “Virus” out. Check it out on Spotify
Third full moon 26th May third track “Control” featuring Road Wives. Check it on Spotify
Fourth full moon 24th June fourth track “Going Down” featuring Andrea Spampinato. Check it on Spotify
Fifth full moon 24th July fifth track “Load Your Guns”. Check it on Spotify
Sixth full moon 22nd August sixth track “Broken but Stronger” featuring DJ Libero. Check it on Spotify
Seventh full moon 21st September Seventh track “Green Batman”. Check it out on Spotify
Eight full moon 20th October Eight track “King” Check it out on Spotify
Ninth full moon 19th November Ninth Track “Deep Breath” Check it out on Spotify
Tenth full moon 19th December Tenth Track “Hangover” Check it out on Spotify
Eleventh full moon 17th January Eleventh Track “Nuclear” Check it out on Spotify
12th full moon 16th of February 12th Track “The End”
Dublin Rock, Reggae and Hip Hop Collide in Kandemic’s “2020”
“This is a little different to tracks that I usually review but the name of the band and all the unlikely elements colliding sparked my curiosity and I just had to give it a listen!There are so many eclectic things about Kandemic that I like. I wouldn’t have thought that all these sounds could fuse to create something so interesting. Kudos to Kandemic – for making the most out of 2020 and giving us something fresh to enjoy!”
Kandemic – Virus
“Their second single, Virus, is another catchy mix of genres with the lyrics cutting to the core. Lyrics that make you think not about what you hear but about the current situation and the world around us in general. Kandemic are nearly impossible to categorize but that’s where their strength lies. Innovative, experimental, hitting the nail on the head.”
Control – Kandemic featuring Road Wives
There’s something special about being niche. I previously had never thought so, but Kandemic have proved me wrong time and time again and continue to intrigue. Their latest offering- this week’s “Control” -now becoming my favourite track by them so far. I suppose when you’re authentic and stop trying to please everyone, people get drawn in. Not just because it’s different but because there’s sincerity and heart in it.
Kandemic – Going Down featuring Andrea Spampinato.
Sticking to their guns, the new release Going Down is loud, hard and heavy. There are some catchy riffs and the incorporation of the Italian language proves to be truly revitalizing. The sharp guitar riffs creep into your head, the drumbeat will make your head bang along without even realizing it. Lyrics are simple yet cutting to the core. The energy subsides as the song comes to its end.
Kandemic – Load Your Guns
The latest track, Load Your Guns, solidifies the band’s reputation of an exciting act that is always surprising the listeners. Starting almost in a Godfather style (see the video below), here the Italian language seems more fitting than ever before. Catchy arrangement will get into your head like an infection (literally) but this time you won’t want to get rid of it.
Kandemic – Broken But Stronger
At the end of their latest single Broken But Stronger we hear a statement “Kandemic – stronger than ever” and it just summs everything up. The band’s releases are getting bigger and better with every single new thing they put out. Sharp guitars have become their trademark and without JP Kallio’s vocal the band wouldn’t be what it is. There’s confidence pouring out of the every note, certainty that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger“. Since they emerged on the scene, Kandemic have made their mark. And they’re just getting started.
“another day older, brother gets bolder“
Kandemic – Green Batman
Their latest single Green Batman shows the band pushing the boundaries once again and experimenting as much as they are able to yet maintaining their approach and their unique sound. The seriousness of the lyrics lies beneath the surface. And eventhough you may not understand Italian and get every word that’s said, you get the sense of urgency from the vocal delivery and also a sense of a call to arms.
“from steel to rust
from me to us“
Kandemic – King
“No two of tracks are the same. Each has a different vibe, different message, different style. The band keeps evolving. Their newest offering King takes their ability to experiment yet to higher level than before. A catchy rap/hip-hop number that will confirm your suspicion this band comes from outer space.”
Kandemic – Deep Breath
“Darling, do you ever feel lost?
Like you don’t know what’s the cost.
Feel like you don’t belong?
Like you are singing a different song?”
Deep Breath is a song for those who feel like outsiders in society.
Kandemic – Hangover
If you think you’ve seen it all, Kandemic will always surprise you with yet another experiment that pushes the boundaries further than the previous. Their latest offering. Hangover, isn’t as out of this planet as some of their previous releases. This one is more down to Earth in a way, describing something most of us know, sometimes way more than desired. The unmistakable vocal of JP Kallio is a constant element that holds these tracks together and make them easily recognizable. Yet if you try to put a finger on an exact genre this band makes, we wish you good luck as it’s not an easy thing to do. Hangover marks the last Kandemic’s single of this year yet we can guarantee they’re just getting started.
Kandemic – Nuclear
You know something unusual is coming when the first words you hear in a song are ” Listen, my phone is not working anymore.” This is how the latest release from Kandemic, Nuclear, starts. Once again, the distinctive vocal of JP Kallio sets the tone of the track. It starts slowly, the piano brightens the mood before it turns into the dark, guitar-driven piece where the end is cut abruptly, unexpectadly and the listener is left wondering what’s next.
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