Cultdreams, who until March of this year were known as Kamikaze Girls, have released their new single, ‘Not My Generation‘ – this being a precursor to their second album release come mid-August.
After five years and one album under their previous name, the two-piece band from Brighton and Antwerp, whose songs reflect a distinct social conscience, decided they couldn’t risk anyone being offended by their old moniker. They had actually been drawn to the name by a novel about the friendship of two girls in the Japanese countryside. That, and the literal translation of the word meaning, ‘divine wind’ in English, but it also being used to portray wreckless and chaotic behaviour, which they reasoned was an accurate of their music at that time.
Anyway – that’s the back-story – now to this release.
The new album ‘Things That Hurt’ by vocalist Lucinda Livingstone’s own admission, has “… a different vibe to the last one.” It’s darker and more melodic, she says.
As you’d probably expect though, the lyrics, if those of the single are any indication, will still seek to highlight the injustices in the world as well as reassuring listeners that it’s OK to not feel OK. It’s music with principles, in short.
Musically, ‘Not My Generation‘ is a swirling soundscape which in some ways reminds me of the massively underrated Flowered Up, from back in the day, with Lucinda spitting out the words like really pissed off Kate Tempest.
It’s a winner, I tells ya!
(‘Things That Hurt’ will be released through Big Scary Monsters on 16th August 2019)