Young Heads: New Millennial Subcultures


Tuesday 10th November 2015

When triple Wimbledon champion Fred Perry founded his namesake brand in 1952, he had no idea of the influence it would have on future youth movements. But today, the brand’s laurel wreath emblem – based on Wimbledon’s original symbol – is a badge of honour for British subcultures, as it has been for more than 60 years. Together with Jocks&Nerds magazine, Fred Perry has now created Young Heads, a series of short films exploring new millennial subcultures in the UK.

DIRECTORS Max Cutting and Rich Luxton
BAND MEMBERS Cai Burns Lawrence English and Lucy Hatter of Kagoule

Like most bands, Kagoule try their best not to be tagged in any specific genre.

One of the few things you can categorically say about what kind of band Kagoule are is that they are a Nottingham band. And, as a Nottingham band, Kagoule form part of an eclectic group of young artists that the music press have dubbed the city’s new scene.

But Kagoule contest even this. “Im not sure if it is a scene or not really,” says guitarist/vocalist Cai Burns. “The musicians in this city just have mutual respect and help each other out in any way they can, no matter who you are or what type of music you play.”

Kagoule is made up of Burns, bassist Lucy Hatter and drummer Lawrence English, who got together in 2011 while all in their mid-teens. All three were influenced by 1990s alternative rock and it would be easy to tag their sound in the same genre, although another tag that Kagoule seems to fit is “post-punk”. Given that other Nottingham groups, such as Sleaford Mods, have been described in the same way, you might be forgiven for asking whether post-punk is the Nottingham sound.

“There is no sound and that’s what’s good about it,” says Burns. “There is no pressure to be a certain way. There isn’t one sound that has taken off, bringing loads of copycats with it. If anything, the sound is a singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg kinda thing, but that seems to be on its way out. People are wanting to start bands again.”

While Nottingham is brimming with new music, it’s also a city at a stage in its musical development where nothing is defined and anything is possible. But while Kagoule are proud of their city, they’re also aware that it's important to broaden their horizons.

“If you live here, you start to believe all these Notts artists are huge,” says Burns. “Then when you go anywhere else you realise they are only well known in their little Nottingham bubble ... like being popular at school. We are trying our best not to end up like that.”

This article originally appeared on Jocks&Nerds magazine

Related Links

Young Heads: New Millennial Subcultures No.1

Young Heads: New Millennial Subcultures No.2


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