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‘Heart Rested With You'
Release: 5th September 2011
One Little Indian, Cat. No. 1119tp7dl
Pints of Stella with music-biz legend Seymour Stein and hanging with Jack White discussing the finer points of Blind Willie McTell is all part of the life for Kill It Kid these days - tipped as one of the ‘buzz’ bands at this year’s SXSW, they subsequently found themselves jetted to New York in June to perform new album showcases for - and get up close and personal with - some of the most influential figures in the music industry.
And taking influence from artists as diverse as The Carter Family, Queens of The Stone Age and Woody Guthrie, Kill It Kid announce the release of a brand new single ‘Heart Rested With You’ on 5th September.
The following album ‘Feet Fall Heavy’ (One Little Indian, September 19) pitches the band as a new breed of all-electric bluesmen, the band promising “To keep it raw, inelegant and untainted.”
To that end Kill It Kid spent 10 short days in the studio aided and abetted by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Grace Jones, Florence & The Machine), shirking traditions and pushing the band into new sonic territory - realised through 1950s American catalogue guitars and broken ten watt amplifiers, indispersed throughout with samples of Alan Lomax field recordings.
The band will perform an album launch show on Tuesday 20th September at XOYO with tour dates to follow.
Sometimes mistakenly lumped in with the crop of neo-folk acts on the release of their eponymous 2009 debut, Kill It Kid have been toughened up by relentless touring ever since and, freshly inspired by old recordings like 'I Had a Dream' by Pops Staples, this year’s ‘Pray On Me’ single proved to be grittier than anything previously heard from the band, marrying a punishing blues riff á la Black Keys or The Dead Weather to Chris Turpin’s anguished howl - the first indication of the path the band were now heading down, and indeed of the forthcoming album.
Kill It Kid is: Chris Turpin (lead vocals/guitars/harmonica), Stephanie Ward (lead vocals/piano), Marc Jones (drums/percussion) and Dom Kozubik [bass] www.myspace.com/killitkid
Release/catalogue number: 1119tp7dl
Release date: Sep 5, 2011