From Leeds, Klammer was formed by Producer Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission, Terrorvision, Jane Weaver) in 2014, a quartet who share a love of all things post-punk, including the work of much revered city ancestors Gang of Four and – whisper it quietly – über Goths The Sisters of Mercy.
You’ve Been Processed is their third album and one which continues to draw deep from the well of reverb, authoritarian vocals and stomach-mashing bass; preceding single Modern God sets the template, Whitfield invoking his best Eldritch preach whilst the festival crowd-ready chorus plunders and amongst a deliberately stark contrast between duty and fervour.
There’s a certain charm to the straight lines here, with song titles and choruses firmly locked in orbit, whilst the twilight lifts slightly on Baddest Blocks and the tumbling Spiral Girl, as the foursome pay a rich tribute to Mark Burgess and template-cutting eighties outfit The Chameleons.
From a long bloodline of bands using the city’s concrete and brutalism to shape their music, Klammer are also sons of its underground heritage, a past that’s never truly buried.
You can here “Spiral Girl” here. Klammer play The Brudenell Social Club on August 18th.