Kier Kemp is Inklings. After his departure from the globally popular alt-rock group FVK (Fearless Vampire Killers) his emphasis has now moved to thought provoking lyrics accompanied by heavy synth and guitar lines. Alongside compelling visuals Inklings’ unique sound and energetic live performance exudes confidence.
There’s no shying away from challenging stereotypes lyrically and his new single ‘Ambush’ is a perfect reflection of that.
Kier says: “Ambush is about someone close to me that was in an abusive relationship. This someone happened to be a man and it was heart-breaking to see the effect if had on his self-esteem. Men are ‘supposed’ to be strong, the song is from his perspective, the confusion he felt and the need to always blame himself.”
One of the nicer surprises regarding Inklings new single is that while it is very catchy, it’s also a really layered track. Good rock riffs are one thing but the mournful vocals, smart use of synth effects and catchy chorus are another.
Ambush ticks a lot of the right boxes for memorable indie rock and that it’s all the work of just one man, Kier Kemp is very impressive. The story behind it is an emotional one, something that is felt throughout.
An uplifting intro leads into his sweet vocals. Alongside a subtle drum beat and slight guitar twang. Before we lead into the chorus with memorable lyrics.
“They say that love isn’t easy”.
Dropping back before building back in again. It’s an easy song to tap your foot along too.
‘Ambush’ is available right now.
Ambush by Inklings
The Final Score - 7/10