KLOQ (band)

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Kloq
Kloq Promo Photo.jpg
Kloq Promo Photo
Background information
Origin Chelmsford, England
Genres Electronic rock, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Metropolis Records, Out Of Line Music
Website Official website
Members Dean Goodwin
Oz Morsely
Tim Jackson
Past members Steve Wilson
Alex Baker
Greg Cumbers
Tom Freeman

KLOQ is an electronic rock band that was formed in Chelmsford, Essex[1] in 2005 by Oz Morsley Empirion. The current lineup is Dean Goodwin (Vocals), Oz Morsley (Keys, Electronics), Tim Jackson (Bass), and Alex Baker (Drums). Kloq has released two studio albums: Move Forward (2008) and Begin Again (2013).

The band's music and sound have evolved through many genres over the years including Trance Music, Electronic body music, Electro-industrial, Alternative rock, Punk rock and Electronic rock.[2][3]

History[edit]

Pre-Kloq (1993-2010)[edit]

Oz's first project was electro-acid band Empirion. Having a major hit with the 12" acid house anthem "Narcotic Influence" Oz and Empirion were Signed by XL Recordings and enjoyed relative commercial success. Empirion worked closely with The Prodigy, joining them on one of their tours of Europe and also re-mixing the No. 1 hit Firestarter (The Prodigy song).[4] This appeared on Prodigy's single and vinyl release. Front man Dean Goodwin over the years has been in many indie rock bands including the 'Thieves Of Time' where he released the single 'More To Give' and the EP 'Scream And Shout'[5] and also featured on some compilation albums. Tim is currently endorsed by Warwick (company) and has featured in many bands throughout the years most notably 'British Intelligence' who played on the BBC Introducing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals[6] in 2009. Alex Baker is Skindred's current touring drum tech and has also done the rounds, playing in the band Seven Summers which included Matt Cardle. Not having a record contract, they distributed their music independently reaching No. 30 on the Official UK Album Downloads Chart, No. 11 on the Official UK Independent Album Charts for week ending 25th December 2010 and No. 1 on the Official UK Independent Album Breakers Charts for week ending 2 December 2010.[7] The albums success was mainly a backlash from Matts success on the show. The band split in 2010 when Matt won The X Factor (UK TV series).[8] Band members Dean, Tim and Alex have crossed paths over the years either being on the same bill and even performing at the same festivals.[9]

Move Forward (2008-2011)[edit]

The original band hailed from Chelmsford, Essex and was started by Oz as a studio project. His vision was to create a live festival band. They released the 'We're Just Physical' EP in March 2007 and the 'Ibiza' EP shortly after Move Forward was released on the 24th June 2008 through Out of Line Music.[10] The record featured such tracks as club classic 'Ibiza'[11] along with 'We're Just Physical' & 'You Never Know' co-written and performed by Douglas McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb.[12] The album reached the No.1 spot in the Deutsche Alternative Charts and spent several weeks there and also ended the year in No.2 in the Top Album International Act behind only Nine Inch Nails.[13] Oz added Tim Jackson on Bass guitar to give the band’s music more of a live sound, along with the touring vocalist Greg Cumbers. After touring Europe for the next two years, the band took some time out to write their next album.

Begin Again (2013)[edit]

Begin Again album cover - KLOQ

Early 2012 after the departure of touring vocalist Greg, the band implemented the permanent addition of front man Dean Goodwin.[14] This was shortly followed by the addition of Alex Baker former drummer of Matt Cardles old band Seven Summers and earthtone9.[15] The band finished the recording of their second studio album Begin Again[16] in the summer of 2013.[17] Which was then released on Tuesday 8 October 2013 with Metropolis Records. They showcased the album at a sold out Scala (club) in London, King's Cross, on Friday 18 October where Bloc Party, Alt-J and XFM DJ Sunta Templeton all performed DJ sets.[18] The album reached No.1 on the Rockadia new release chart in its first week[19] and was No.9 in the iTunes Alternative New Releases chart also in its first week.[20] Begin Again also reached No.11 in its 9th week in the European Alternative Charts.[21] KLOQ performed Begin Again at the Alt-J end of tour after party at The Jamm in Brixton,[22][22] Essex Festival Brownstock Music Festival,[23] and at Electronic festival Bas 2013[24] where Heaven 17 and Saffron (singer) from Republica also performed. The album received mostly positive reviews which included Side-Line magazine stating 'I didn’t exactly expect this kind of album, but I’ve to say that Kloq is a band that doesn’t repeat itself preferring to innovate and simply go with the flow. After a few listens, I can only recommend this magnificent production.'[25] New Noise Magazine gave the album 3.5/5 in their positive review of Begin Again, saying 'Imagine putting The Killers, Ke$ha, Eminem, and Blur (band) into a blender and hitting the “on” button. You might be surprised to find out that this combination makes a pretty damn good smoothie. The name of this new drink is Begin Again.'[26] Brutal Resonance rated the album at 8/10.[27] Soundscape gave a review of the album which stated that 'one track that doesn’t quite slot into the bigger picture and it’s a shame because otherwise Begin Again would have been a flawless release.'[28]

Other work[edit]

Along with the transformation over the years, KLOQ have also remixed tracks for various artists. In June 2008 KLOQ's remix of Sunscreems Coda was included on their single and EP.[29] In 2009 their remix of 'Everything I Made'[30] was included on Mesh (band) 'Only Better' EP and then later in 2011 was also included on Mesh's 'An Alternative Solution (Delux edition)'. In September 2013 KLOQ also remixed for Douglas McCarthy track 'Move On'[31] from his album 'Kill Your Friends'. They have also had tracks appear on compilition albums. In January 2006 the track 'Kloq Music 2' was included on 'Solstice Black Compilation' album and in February 2007 'You Never Know' which had guest vocals by Douglas McCarthy appeared on 'Machineries Of Joy Vol.4'. In June 2008 'I Never Said' was released on 'Awake The Machines Vol.6'.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

[32]

  • Dean Goodwin - Lead Vocals
  • Oz Morsley - Keys/Electronics/Programming
  • Tim Jackson - Bass

Touring musicians[edit]

  • Roy 'Buster' Foster - Guitar
  • Ben Woolf - Drums

Past Members[edit]

  • Steve Wilson - Drums
  • Alex Baker - Drums
  • Greg Cumbers - Vocals
  • Tom Freeman - Vocals

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Records, Metropolis. "New Essex band". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Interview, Hellhound Music. "Kloq talk of style change". 
  3. ^ "KLOQ Sound Change".  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "Empirion Remixing Prodigy". Retrieved 21 October 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ of Time, Thieves. "Scream and Shout Review". 
  6. ^ Festival, Reading/Leeds. "British Intelligence Reading Fest". 
  7. ^ Charts, Official. "Seven Summers Number 1". 
  8. ^ Summers, Seven. "Mirror - Seven Summers Split". 
  9. ^ Festival, SX. "SX Festival". 
  10. ^ Of Line Music, Out. "Out of Line Music". Out of Line Music. 
  11. ^ NME, NME. "Ibiza". NME. 
  12. ^ NME, NME. "We're Just Physical". NME. 
  13. ^ Charts, DAC. "Kloq No.2 on the International Album Charts". 
  14. ^ VOX, HOT. "New lead vocalist KLOQ". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Fandalism. "Earthtone9 Alex Baker". 
  16. ^ Notez, Muzic. "New Kloq Album". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Profile, MTV. "KLOQ MTV Profile". 
  18. ^ Live @ Scala, KLOQ Album Launch. "KLOQ Album Launch Live @ Scala". 
  19. ^ New Release Charts, Rockadia. "Rockadia New Release Chart". 
  20. ^ New Release Chart, iTunes. "iTunes New Release Chart". TWITTER. KLOQ. 
  21. ^ Alternative Charts, European. "European Alternative Charts". 
  22. ^ a b ALT-J Aftershow Party, KLOQ Live @. "ALT-J Aftershow Party". 
  23. ^ Brownstock Festival, KLOQ Live @. "Brownstock Festival". 
  24. ^ Bas Festival, KLOQ @. "Bas Festival 2013". 
  25. ^ Line, Side. "Side-Line Review". Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  26. ^ Noise Magazine, New Noise. "New noise review". Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  27. ^ Review, Brutal Resonance. "Brutal Resonance KLOQ Review". 
  28. ^ Magazine, Soundscape. "Soundscape review". Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  29. ^ NME, NME. "Sunscreem Coda". NME. 
  30. ^ KLOQ Remix, Mesh - Eveything I Made. "Everything I Made Remix". 
  31. ^ Move On Remix, Douglas McCarthy. "KLOQ Move On Remix". 
  32. ^ Nation, Reverb. "Reverbnation". 
  33. ^ Magazine, Side-Line. "Side-Line Magazine". 
  34. ^ Records, Metropolis. "Metropolis Records". 

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