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I Am Kloot

Elizabeth Alker talks to Johnny Bramwell about leftfield survival – and Confidential offers gig tickets and prizes

Published on November 16th 2007.


I Am Kloot

I Am Kloot are the tortured souls of Manchester’s music scene. After 8 years crafting songs that are as profound as they are sardonic, this band has survived the ever changing tides of a fickle music industry. Steering clear of ephemeral trends and fads, they are musicians with a purist heart,

It will certainly be the longest set we’ve ever played for a while. But, we’ve chosen tracks that are more physical than intellectual.

“We’ve never been what you’d call a hip band,” muses front man Johnny Bramwell. “We’re more of a word of mouth band but that’s served us well.”

Though it may have been through word of mouth, I Am Kloot’s timeless ballads have attracted the hippest of fans. They are famous for their odes to urban hedonism and the possibilities and disappointments of youth. Even Pete Doherty in one of his more sober moments declared, Johnny Bramwell, “one of the four most talented songwriters this country has produced in the last ten years.”

Bramwell may well be one of the most talented songwriters but as a band, I Am Kloot have learned to respond creatively to each other in a way that takes time and maturity.

“It’s given us a certain frisson. Because we’ve been together so long we can just play. We know how to edit our own ideas before we bring them to the table. It’s certainly increased the speed in which we can do things.”

That speed was of the essence during the making of their latest album. Recorded front to back in just two days and consciously titled I Am Kloot Play the Moolah Rouge, it is shot through with the immediacy of a live performance. In an age where most recordings are so clean you could eat your dinner off them this album is refreshing in its raw urgency.

“We picked tracks that were most suited to being played as live. We brought a PA into the studio as though we were doing a gig. This record’s got that vitality. Obviously you lose some of the sound quality but you gain those little nuances, those rise and falls which you can only get when playing live. There’s no real machinery, for instance you can even hear me breathing on it in places.”

In its spontaneity I Am Kloot Play the Moolah Rouge has a heightened sense of intimacy which reels the listener in before spitting them out feeling dazed but nonetheless enriched. Bramwell promises that its content will make up a hefty chunk of the set list at their performance next week and we can expect less yearning and more gusto.

“It will certainly be the longest set we’ve ever played for a while. But, we’ve chosen tracks that are more physical than intellectual. Our first album was almost spiritual but this one is more of a bluster!”

Of three consecutive Manchester dates, two are already sold out and it seems that after a couple of years, tucked away writing, Manchester’s favourite three malcontents are ready to give the city what they’ve been waiting for. A lesson in survival, a window to their soul, a reason to be excited about the city’s music again and if nothing else a good old rock’n’roll run for their money.

“Manchester now is like it was in 1998 when we were starting out. There is a burst of new people and lots of new creative energy. We’ve always been to the left of any scene here, but, that way, we don’t get pushed around.”

I Am Kloot play the Manchester Academy on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 November. Tickets are still available for the evening of the 26. Their new album I Am Kloot Play the Moolah Rouge is available at the gigs and is due for release early next year.

Confidential readers are invited to enter a competition to win 2 tickets to see the band on Monday 26 November and a copy of the 2006 album, BBC Radio 1 John Peel Sessions Live, signed by the band.

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WayneNovember 16th 2007.

How come the drummer's so small?

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