Kill It Kid are a band wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves. The band, formed at university in the UK peddle a tried and tested brand of all-out blues rock. But the element of Kill It Kid that sets them slightly apart from the rest of crop is singer Chris Turpin’s expansive and compelling monster of a voice, which combined with co-vocalist Stephanie Ward’s similarly rugged vocals instantly gives the majority of the band’s recorded output a striking yet emotive weapon.

Album opener ‘You’re in my blood’ is chopped up and messy, acting as a wonderfully scuzzy introduction to the album with Stephanie Ward giving her best overtly sensual call to arms over wailing guitar and scattered piano. Meanwhile ‘Heart Rested with You’ is a rolling blues anthem along the blueprint of The Dead Weather, and showcases Turpin’s deep heartfelt bellowing expertly. Similarly anthemic is ‘Pray on Me’ which recalls recent UK exports Band of Skulls’ drive time radio friendly interpretations of classic White Stripes.

It’s not all a glorious racket though, Kill It Kid take a turn for the tender on other tracks with mixed results. For example ‘Dark Hearted Songbird’ is an emotive and touching song featuring tuneful cooing from Ward which wouldn’t feel out of place on the soundtrack to a classic western. However ‘Sweet Nothings’ tries hard but comes off as more of a James Morrison/Newton Faulkner style display of emotional emptiness. It seems that the slower more emotive songs on the album are far better suited to the female vocals, as the strength in Turpin’s distinctive voice truly lies in the big soaring choruses where he can truly let leash.

It is clear that the band have a lot of good ideas, which although may be rather obviously borrowed from the works of Jack White & The Black Keys, manage to manifest themselves in a way that still sounds fresh and exciting and in some cases downright catchy. This album is not entirely essential listening but the faster paced blues-rock ramshackle is ambitious and packs an impressive yet familiar punch.