Borrow $8 From Your Mom and Download This Album: Koko and the Sweetmeats' Foreign Island

Koko and the Sweetmeats play the High Dive on New Year's Day.
South Africa, the country that gifted the music world with Dave Matthews, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Die Antwoord, is also the birthplace of Garett van der Speck, the young songwriter who now lives in Seattle and fronts the bluesy and hard-rocking Koko and the Sweetmeats. Van der Speck has a dynamic, squalling voice that sounds like a cross between Dan Auerbach and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and his band's uptempo tunes are aggressively rhythmic (there are two drummers thrashing away simultaneously) and recall the raw, untamed spirit of the early Kinks or Rolling Stones.

Check out this video (by Eric Becker) of Koko playing "When I'm Dead" at the Can Can in October.

When I'm Dead | Koko and the Sweetmeats from eric becker on Vimeo.

Koko's next show is at the High Dive on January 1, and their newest release, Foreign Island, is available for download ($8) and features the excellent, incessantly catchy "Little Lover."

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