Brassland is finally reissuing This is the Kit's beloved WRIGGLE OUT THE RESTLESS in a definitive edition including the "Treehouse" single. Outside of America, the iTunes version also has a deluxe edition which contains five live tracks recorded live in New York at the Mercury Lounge. It's a mix of album tracks, old favorites ("Two Wooden Spoons" "Misunderstanding"), and one song from their forthcoming album. That's the song you're listening to now, "Bashed Out."
(At the moment, it is exclusively available on Bandcamp in the US of A. So much for Memorial Day.)
Buzz on the group has been building in the UK since WRIGGLE was first released in 2010, despite the fact that their album has spent most of that time languishing almost completely unavailable and out-of-print -- and thanks, in no small part, to their intimate and riveting live shows which have taken them all over the UK and France with stopovers in Germany, Australia and the US. Currently being championed by The National's Aaron Dessner, opening shows for Iron & Wine, and about to embark on a Communion sponsored tour of Ireland, Brassland is reissuing the title for the world to hear. Aaron continues working on sessions for a new record by the band, following up his sterling recent track record working with Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives, and on the Best New Music'd "Trouble Will Find Me" by his own band.
This is the Kit have already received extensive BBC play from the likes of Gideon Coe, Cerys Matthews, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Don Letts, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens and Marc Riley, who has also done two sessions with the group. And they have become darlings of The Guardian, receiving a gig pick of the week, and much recent press surrounding their appearance at RTE's Other Voices television show (in collaboration with the Barbican and the BBC).
The band is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris, though the heart of their musical community remains in Bristol, UK. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully hand-plucked friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath Stables' easy, earnest lilt. Her long time collaborator and regular live companion Jesse Vernon produced the album and contributes guitars, percussion, violin and percussion. While on tour, This is the Kit is a shape shifting entity ranging from a female duo with friend Rozi Plain to a psychedelia tinged five electric five-piece.
"The aim is to have fun playing with people whose work I really like," says Kate in her simple and direct fashion. "The more you exchange and share with people the better things get and the more you learn."
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