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‘I’ve been following Kate Stables and her band “This Is The Kit” for years now. I just love the honesty and I love how she sings. She sings like a songbird. She very rarely slides her voice or if she does it’s very deliberate. It usually jumps between notes like the trill of a birdsong. She comes up with beautiful, hypnotic music over which she puts simple gorgeous lyrics. She’s very talented lady and this album. It’s a beautiful piece of work’.

The music industry is fueled by chance and politics, but if I could personally dismantle whatever has kept Kate Stables from being a household name, I would. Bashed Out is her third full-length album, and her only release to get any sort of traction. So it goes. Stables is capable of making a banjo sound elegant, of making fungus sound like a beautiful part of the world, and of rendering the way life bashes our hopes into something like a peaceful prayer. Stables and her excellent band fabricate burnished folk songs that spit in your eye,

Mark Richardson is a documentary filmmaker based in the city of Hull in the UK.

Alternative folk-rock band This Is The Kit stopped by the legendary New Adelphi Club in Hull – a venue that has seen the likes of Radiohead, Pulp, and Oasis grace its stage over the last 30 years . Titled Breathe All The Way In and directed by Mark Richardson, the documentary sees Kate Stables tell us about the origin of the band’s name and her influences.

This Is The Kit performed at Larmer Tree Gardens this last weekend with the faithful raising themselves from their slumbers, the wonderful folkies Kate Stables and Rozi Plain of This Is The Kit Plain, on banjo, was aided by her This Is The Kit pal Kate Stables who began with one of her own songs from new album “Bashed Out” before Plain gave the small audience a couple of tunes of her own.

This was an un-mic’d performance,which only added to the intimate feel.

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“Silver John” is the first proper single from This Is The Kit’s forthcoming album “Bashed Out” produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and due for release April 6 (UK/Europe) and April 7 (North America). Anticipation for the album continues to mount. Already omnipresent on the BBC 6 airwaves with only the title track released, they have been selling out tour dates on a UK pre-release jaunt,

Kate says of the track: “’Silver John’ talks about how we see things. The end of the work that we’re bringing about ourselves. Putting the blame on other forces. Being let down by people. The things we grab at in times of panic. It’s just mulling over the way of the human.”

This Is The Kit 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. “Bashed Out” is her band’s third album, the result of an extended period collaboration with the record’s producer Aaron Dessner (Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives). Dessner–the co-founder of the Brassland label–is best known for his work in The National and, indeed, the backing band he gathered for Bashed Out combines the talents of This Is The Kit’s touring members (Rozi Plain, Jesse Vernon, Jamie Whitby-Coles), alongside a number of session players drawn from the Brooklyn music scene: Bryce Dessner, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National) all made key instrumental contributions.

As notable as the band, however, is front woman Kate Stables, whose voice hearkens back to the classic singer-songwriter era–her distinctive, cutting vocals up front in the mix. It’s a self-confidence gained since her previous album, 2011’s “Wriggle Out the Restless”, which made her band a minor institution in the United Kingdom, especially on the radio which has embraced the group.

On Bashed Out, the band continue their musical evolution into a synesthetic, shape-shifting entity—rooted in folk but encompassing elements of psychedelia, alternative rock, and electronic textures and sensibilities. they are a wonderful live band,

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This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables born in England and based in Paris. “Bashed Out” is her band’s third album, the result of an extended period collaboration with the record’s producer Aaron Dessner (Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives). Dessner- the co-founder of the Brassland label–is best known for his work in The National. Indeed, the backing band he gathered for “Bashed Out” combines the talents of This Is The Kit’s touring members (Rozi Plain, Jesse Vernon, Jamie Whitby-Coles), alongside a number of session players drawn from the Brooklyn music scene: Bryce Dessner, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National) all made key instrumental contributions.

This music is honest, human and humane—a folky-lovely slow-rumble. It’s rock but of the hangover-friendly, stoner variety; it’s folk but at a groovy speed. As notable as the music, however, is front woman Kate Stables, whose voice hearkens back to the classic singersongwriter era–her distinctive, cutting vocals up front in the mix. It’s a self-confidence gained since her previous album, 2011’s Wriggle Out the Restless, which made her band a minor institution in the United Kingdom, especially on the radio which has embraced the group. This Is The Kit has received across the board support from BBC 6 DJs Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe & Maconie, Marc Riley, Cerys Matthews, and Mary Anne Hobbs– receiving further play from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Jen & Ally, and Phil Taggart. “Wonderful wonderful stuff,” said DJ and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, This Is The Kit an “have been an essential fixture of British folk music for the past 10 years…one of a handful of truly innovate songwriters working with the British folk template today.”

In America, however, the band is just building up to their breakout moment. Bruce Warren, program director at influential American AAA station WXPN has praised Stables’ “warm and gorgeous voice” and we expect similar notices to come across on this new LP. From Kate’s earliest year growing up in the UK town of Winchester, she learned that great art takes time. “In some ways the place I grew up is defined by being a Roman Saxon medieval cathedral city,” she explains. “They started building the Winchester Cathedral a thousand years ago and they’ve been working on it ever since.” It’s an exciting moment to join This Is The Kit’s continuing musical evolution into a synesthetic, shape-shifting entity—rooted in folk but encompassing elements of psychedelia, alternative rock, and electronic textures and sensibilities.

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Kate Stables has been recording music as This Is The Kit for years now, but this is probably one of the first times you’re reading about her. “Bashed Out” will be her third full-length album, and since Aaron Dessner and the National stumbled into one of her shows by happenstance and immediately fell for her sound, it will also likely be her breakout. The record is coming out via Dessner’s own Brassland label the title track  “Bashed Out” digs into the mud, muck, and shit of life, Kate Stables sings and plays guitar, trumpet, percussion and banjo throughout the record, but you’ll especially notice the way she handles a banjo, turning an often hackneyed sound into a thing of delicacy. In some ways, it seems like successful artists have morphed into the only useful A&R forces, and if I could, I’d personally thank the Dessners for unearthing Stables. You might remember Sharon Van Etten also shouted out This Is The Kit a few years ago as her favorite new artist — Stables This Is The Kit has opened for Van Etten, Jose Gonzales, Jeffrey Lewis, Alexi Murdoch, Iron & Wine, and the National.

Kate Stables band project THIS IS THE KIT, this is a short film about the band, Kate  has a rare voice of affected Beauty, born in England but now based in Paris,  her band of musicians based around Bristol and the West country have a psychedlic twinge usually a five piece Kate also performs frequently with her friend Rozi Plain,  as a collective band they are immense with a huge songbook to her name . The Band come to the Musician in Leicester later this year