Words by Maddi Fearn
You need look no further than The Kinks, Radiohead and Orbital to know that having brotherly bandmates seems to be one of the best recipes for sure-fire musical success, and that’s exactly how Blue Kubricks’ Jim and Jesse started their unlikely musical journey.
Forming in 2016 after recruiting Jesse’s school friend Vanilla, the funk-rock outfit toured their EP Shed Sessions up, down, left and right across the south of England before landing - in their own words- upon ‘the green green pastures of sunny Leeds.’
With new musicians under their belt through a pitstop in Manchester after the Shed Sessions tour, Blue Kubricks became an instant Leeds favourite and have gone on to play an impressive list of venues, including Fenton, The Box, Chapel, The Deaf Institute in Manchester and everyone’s favourite venue slash pizza supplier, Belgrave Music Hall.
Today sees the release of the band’s latest single Heroin, which is only getting to see the light of day after songwriter Jim lost a band vote 4-1 on whether to still release the track, citing insanity as his grounds.
Through Heroin, Blue Kubricks have managed to create the sort of song that you play once and then instantly want to play again, which I suppose is a testament to a rather witty (and I’m sure intentional) choice of song title.
An ode to the peaks and troughs of fame, Heroin is described by the band as “as a song of the fragility of the line between living the life of a rocker, and the music that defines your existence as thus.” A lyrical lament to all the musicians who have failed to toe the notoriously wobbly line separating artistic affluence from hedonism, musically the track provides a brilliant 3 minutes 12 seconds of feel good rock-funkiness.
Heroin is out now on Spotify, Soundcloud and all other major platforms- you can also check out Jim playing an as-of-yet untitled track over on Instagram @tothelocal as part of the #bandtakeovers series!