12th February 2018 Artist Profile » ** KAPOW! 485C HEAD FOR A BLAST AT THE OLD BLUE LAST! **
** HEADLINE SHOW CONFIRMED FOR THURSDAY MARCH 15TH! **
Nonchalant indierock shapeshifters 485C continue the perky promo campaign for their ‘Kapow!’ single by confirming a headline show at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch Village on March 15th. The slyly cool (far) East London quintet have started 2018 in fine live form with gigs alongside Sick Joy, Blackwaters and The Rifles at Camden Assembly, Nambucca and The Garage respectively, and now comes this ‘Kapow!’ powwow here:
Disorder & fierce panda present
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
THURSDAY MARCH 15TH 2018
LONDON SHOREDITCH OLD BLUE LAST
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/148334362497760/
The Truth: 485C are five tarty artrockers lurking at the far Eastern end of the Central Line, part South Woodford, part Woodford Green. They consist of Adam Hume (vocals), Dom Watson (guitar / vocals), Lucas Hunt (drums), Rory McGowan (guitar / occasional vocals) and Sam Watkins (bass / occasional vocals). ‘Kapow!’ is their fourth single, and paves the way for the release of their debut album in the spring.
As the title might suggest, ‘Kapow!’ goes for the pop jugular, it being a short sharp shock of winding guitars, louche vocals and dreamy harmonies, all wrapped up in 2 minutes and 49 seconds. But beware of any cartoonish insinuations – beyond the ragged demeanour and chirpy cheekbones in 485C there lurks the (he)art of a profound alt.pop poet. Not for nothing does the second verse of ‘Kapow!’ find Adam Hume (Jim Morrison auditioning for The Strokes, in a sense) crooning: “As the infidel's sectarian approach / Couldn't wash away the sins of your own hopes / Just as babies cry pensioners close their eyes / It's not a choice to live when you have to survive .” Verily, these people are not David Guetta.
‘Kapow!’ pops out in the wake of previous similarly literate singles ‘She’ll Lie’, ‘Strange Medicine’ and ‘Better The Man’, fidgety restless radio smashers all. Along the way 485C have seen the live light, performing for The Sherlocks in Milton Keynes, for John Kennedy in Tooting, for This Feeling at Nambucca, for The Great Escape in Brighton and for the bally hell of it at The Horn in St Albans.
Pantone reference fans will of course instantly recognise 485C as the colour code for post boxes, Routemaster buses and indeed the Central Line which carries them all the way back home to Woodfords both South and Green.
“Uncompromising and unique, 485C’s rough rock sound is laced with artsy elegance…One of the most intriguing and promising bands out there, with a mad future ahead of them.”
Sahera Walker, indieundergroundblog