Review: Catch These Men by Kyoto Protocol

  • Music Review
  • Friday, 10 Apr 2015

The boys of Kyoto Protocol - (from left) Fuad Alhabshi, Shakeil Bashir, Shanjeev Reddy, Hairi Haneefa and Gael Oliveres. Photo by Kyoto Protocol.

Seven years after Kyoto Protocol’s formation, the local rock indie band finally releases its full-length album Catch These Men.

Is the band’s nine-track album worth the wait? Well, the first two tracks Infernal and Still Alive could probably use more fine-tuning in the recording studio, as both tracks seem to lack conviction in terms of lyrical and musical delivery.

Fortunately, Kyoto Protocol redeems itself with rocking lead single Dispensable. Listeners can relate to the song’s scathing lyrics of anger and betrayal, and then forget about their problems with the breezy chorus, “I’m dispensable right now/I’m not a figure”.

KL I Love You is another memorable track. It has a whimsical catchy synth beat that gleefully masks the song’s underlying theme of disillusionment.

If you’ve never paid money for a Kyoto Protocol song, you should be afraid when frontman Fuad Alhabshi sings “Do what I do just to survive/Rip my tunes and don’t pay me a dime”.

You jerks.

Kyoto Protocol does show a different side on this album. The boys slow things down on Now You’re Gone, a stripped-down ballad that will break your heart with lyrics like “It’s so unreal/I wake up to a nightmare everyday”. Forever is another poignant, gentle number that will leave you reeling over the memory of a loved one.

Over the years, Kyoto Protocol has strived to showcase its growth from friends who played together to a formidable force in the local rock scene. With the Catch These Men, there is no reason not to believe in the band’s brand of unpretentious rock music.

Here’s hoping the band won’t take another seven years to come up with a follow-up.


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Genre : Rock

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