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Keston Cobblers’ Club – A Scene Of Plenty EP

Jo Cox


Another band looking to capitalise on the recent surge in successful mainstream folk crossover acts, Keston Cobblers’ Club follow up their debut long play with this 5 track EP of new material. In many ways it’s a perfect play from the young Bromley based five piece, with the release coming just in time for a string of high profile summer festival appearances including Glastonbury, Greenman and Secret Garden Party among many (many) more.

There’s little room for long sweeping introductions on an EP, and The Children Who Wear Socks On Their Heads is a suitably zany and to the point opener which epitomises their upbeat folk-pop sound. It’s followed by their current single, Beam, which by a stroke of incredible luck cries out to become a summer anthem. For me though, it’s We Will Heel Your Soles which steals the show, a nod to the original Cobblers’ Club of two centuries ago (you can read the whole story on their website).

I’ve seen the Cobblers’ Club compared to everyone from Beirut and The Leisure Society to Bellowhead and Mumford & Sons. When you have to throw that many names around to find a comparison point, maybe it’s time to relent and accept that they are one of only a relative handful of new bands with facets that are genuinely unique. As for the EP, the only fault I can find is that it’s inevitably not long enough to showcase all of the weird and wonderful elements which mark the Cobblers apart from their contemporaries. Let’s hope then that there’s a follow up album in the offing.