Release Date: Sep 27, 2019
Record label: Upset the Rhythm
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
Of all the ways to say something is fucked, "kaputt" might be the cheeriest and most playful. There's an almost cartoonish quality to the word, conjuring images of blown gaskets and billowing smoke. Yet it's a silly-sounding word that cuts straight to the heart of capitalism's great folly: It's a system whose survival depends on selling you useless, instantly obsolete junk over and over again.
Glaswegian six-piece Kaputt banded together from different players in their city's active and closely knit D.I.Y. scene. Soon after their formation, the group released a four-song demo recording of sharp, quickly twisting songs that buzzed with the angular weirdness of no wave punk and held an undercurrent of danceable catchiness. The band's full-length studio debut, Carnage Hall, presents Kaputt in a slightly more polished form but sacrifices none of the energy of their skronky punk sound.