Given their reputation for originality and liveliness, new music and new live dates from ‘world punk’ beat combo Smokin’ Coconuts is certainly something for music lovers to get excited about.
Modern, striking and at times radical, the Coconuts blend of Reggae meets Calypso meets Latin, over-pinned by a psychedelic garage rock energy, has seen them stand out as true originals. Visually striking (check out their band camp site), slightly gnarly, and prone to swearing in interviews, the Coconuts may well be the closest thing to a modern day KLF as we could hope for; humourous, inclusive, artistic and owners of serious rebellious intent.
Flying the flag for inclusivity, originality and a belief that everyone has the ability to create impactful artwork, the Coconuts are clear with their intention of how they wish to effect people “when people hear our music and/or see us live or even come across the concept of Worldpunk they will say a mahoosive “FUCK YOU” to the over powering AngloAmerican dominance in the world of pop culture”. This call to alms for originality is central to their music and entire brand, “The world is huge and every town/village has their bands/musicians who divide time and the octave differently. With the internet they can now be easily be found so go seek.”
With their recent EP release gaining national attention, it’s likely that their call to alms will be heard by an increasing audience. Asked about the intent of the record, and the response is traditionally contextualised in ideas of inclusivity and diversity “Ultimately its supposed to be fun and ideally contain all of our personalities, reflect what goes on around us and the influence of the music we’ve listened to since the last EP.”
Shortly to head out on tour, the spectacle of the band live continues the overarching anti-establishment, anti-conforming, stance. Loud, energetic and full of life, the band clearly aim to shake things up and bring the noise “When we play live we want to have a party and you are invited to participate. We have Coconut scented smoke machines, we have lights, we have bubbles most importantly we have fun. We want you to have fun too.” It’s an invitation which is rarely turned down and shows have known to be wild.
Building on their current momentum, it’s promising to hear that new material is already on the horizon and that plans are in place foot to follow up their recent work with new tunes later this year “Winter is for finding new things to complain about and new musical ways to torture ourselves. So yes, new E.P.’s to write/record in the winter. “
With their desire to inspire others, and their wish that we all find people to collaborate with and learn from, the best piece of advice is to go and check them out. Bring your dancing shoes.