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Kate Stables announced earlier this summer that her next album under the This Is The Kit alias is called “Off Off On”, and it’s set to arrive October 23rd on Rough Trade Records. The news arrived with the lead single “This Is What You Did,” which features Stables’ signature upbeat banjo, top-knotch vocals and restless, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Stables describes it as “A bit of a panic attack song,” adding, “The negative voices of other people that are your own voice. Or are they? Hard to say when you’re in this kind of a place. How to get out of this place? Needing to get outside more.”

Greetings friends.
hoping this update finds you as well as can be in these ever changing times.
i have come here to bring you the news that we have made a new album called ‘Off Off On’ and that it will be released on October the 23rd by Rough Trade records
our friend Josh Kaufman produced it, Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith, Jesse Vernon and many more played on it, and we are very much looking forward to being able to play it to you. the artwork for the record is by our hero Joff Winterhart.
there is a thisisthekit webshop exclusive green vinyl LP edition and the first hundred of these come signed – just make sure you pick the signed edtion from the menu. but that’s not all: you can pick up bundles with limited edition t-shirts and this is the kit playing cards, plus cd and download.
i had the great honour and pleasure of working with the mighty James Slater for the video that accompanies ‘this is what you did’.
he has done a beautiful job of capturing the energy of the song with a kind of zoetrope based animation video collage.
wishing you all well and hoping to see you soon
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This Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables and whoever joins her. You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Listen as Kate rips forward with her hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare, unaffected beauty. Since 2008’s debut album Krülle Bol, This Is The Kit (lead by Kate Stables) have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, “Off Off On” is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts.

By the end of 2018, the band had finished touring their last album, the talismanic Moonshine Freeze – leading to Kate’s Ivor Novello nomination, but when it came to Stables’ natural impulse to start the next record, her efforts were diverted by an invitation to join The National on the road for multiple tours and TV appearances – a continuation of the role she took on their album I Am Easy To Find. “It was so brilliant when I was writing to be away from my songs and the responsibility of being in charge of a band or a project – I think it really helped my writing and my getting through whatever I needed to get through.”

Richly illuminating and acutely sensitive to the pulses and currents of life, Off Off On shows This Is The Kit overflowing with ideas. In difficult times, it’s a record that feels like a lifeline, moving against the tide, standing against the storm.

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From the forthcoming album ‘Off Off On’ which will be released by Rough Trade Records on October 23rd.10.2020. This is the fifth album by the band and is the follow up to 2017 critically acclaimed album ‘Moonshine Freeze’. The album will be available on LP / CD / MP3.
Released September 10th, 2020
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This Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables and whoever joins her. You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Listen as Kate rips forward with her hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare, unaffected beauty. This is the Kit is honest music. It’s how it really is! Honest and eager, that’s what makes it so beautiful.

This Is The Kit’s first studio album release was recorded in Italy and produced by John Parish. It was first released on Microbe records (France) in 2006
Originally released April 18th, 2015

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Recorded by Marco Tagliola and produced by John Parish in Italy 2006. Featuring Kate Stables – vocals, guitar and banjo; John Parish – drums; Julien Barbagalo – drums; Jamie Whitby Coles – drums; Jesse Morningstar – violin, guitar, vocals, percussion.

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Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables is revisiting her acclaimed fourth album as This Is The Kit, last year’s wonderful “Moonshine Freeze”, in the form of a new remix EP. “I spent way more time than usual working on it, trying to do it some justice,” Andy Dragazis (aka Blue States) says of the remix. “I love the vocals, so the aim was to keep true to those and add my own bells and whistles around them.” The result is a mesmerizing rework that stands apart from “Bullet Proof” while remaining true to the wistful beauty of the original composition

The new remix EP, out today, July 19th, on Rough Trade Records Moonshine Freeze Remixes comes in the form of its opening track, “Bullet Proof (Blue States Remix),” You can hear the gorgeous vocals of Kate’s rework.  We share Dragazis’ admiration for Stables’ “uniquely bone-chilling voice,” deemed the LP ”[her] best album to date.”

“Such an honor to be remixed by Blue States. He’s done a very lush job,” Stables says. “I love getting to hear glimpses of my twin sister’s voice on the track. And he’s managed to bring out some of the details in the original recording and build them into a whole new space. It’s given the song a totally new lease of life.”

Album opener “Bullet Proof” is one of three Moonshine Freeze tracks to get the remix treatment on Stables’ new EP, which also includes reworks by Drones Club (“Moonshine Freeze”), Clas Tuuth (“Two Pence Piece”) and LONA (also “Moonshine Freeze”). The original song’s delicate, chamber-folk sound doesn’t exactly scream “ripe for a remix,” but Blue States makes synth-pop magic with it, expanding on the stripped-down track’s subtle electronic accents and building out its minimalist percussion. The result is a mesmerizing rework that stands apart from “Bullet Proof” while remaining true to the wistful beauty of the original composition.

Listen to Blue States’ “Bullet Proof” remix below, and find the Moonshine Freeze Remixes tracklist.

Moonshine Freeze Remixes Tracklist:
01. Bullet Proof (Blue States Remix)
02. Moonshine Freeze (Drones Club Remix)
03. Two Pence Piece (Clas Tuuth Remix)
04. Moonshine Freeze (LONA Remix)

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While we were in between shows on our recent January tour we popped along to the Old Granada Studios to record a live session for Low Four. We think it turned out pretty nicely. Take a look and a listen right here:

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This Is The Kit, the nom de plume of Kate Stables, has been in existence since the 00s, when Kate moved to Bristol and started playing and collaborating with local musicians. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010’s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.

“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.” This is the Kit has opened for artists such as The National, Jose Gonzales, and Iron & Wine and was selected by Sharon Van Etten as her “Favourite New Artist” in an interview .

After their three previous offerings, “Moonshine Freeze” is the peak of an uphill path that This Is the Kit’s Kate Stables has traced since her earliest recordings at the turn of the decade. Although this record features legendary producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius) and The National’s Aaron Dessner (who produced TITK’s previous album, Bashed Out),

Stables’s impressive singing and highly mulled-over songwriting ensure that her creativity remains front and center. Pensive, banjo-driven delicacies like “Bulletproof” live comfortably alongside and sturdy grooves like “Hotter Colder.” With so many intricacies, even if you don’t immediately find a light in the relative dusk of Stables’s best album to date, consuming her songs in a near-frozen state of relaxation—perhaps even contemplation—might just do the trick. The rewards to be reaped from this listening experience are immense.

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This Is The Kit released her fourth album Moonshine Freeze earlier this month and it’s a brilliant listen.

You can watch out the wonderful visuals for her song “Hotter Colder” off the new record, filmed at Warleigh weir near Bath.

“My thinking was coming from a very dark murky underwater place, and James’ thinking was more of a joyous fun approach,” Kate Stables explains. “For him “Hotter Colder” is a happy song so we ended up kind of meeting in the middle. Me and Rozi larking about, but on a rainy day in a murky river.

Taken from This Is The Kit’s album ‘Moonshine Freeze’, out now on Rough Trade Records

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This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, ‘Bashed Out’, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into the studio in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

Though the album’s songs were already written before heading into the studio, Stables says she had no fierce vision for how they should sound, preferring to let them take shape with the input of her band and Parish. “I’m not yet someone who says ‘I want this album to sound like an 80’s French nightclub’,” she says. “All I can do is write the songs and then step back from them and see what themes or patterns there are, then bring those patterns out so it’s a coherent piece of work, sonically and in terms of feeling.” Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless — children’s games, songs, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. Stables’ voice too is a remarkable thing: in its angles there lies an exquisite strangeness reminiscent of Will Oldham, Magnolia Electric Co, Robert Wyatt, Karen Dalton.

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With Hug of Thunder Broken Social Scene created one of 2017’s most sparkling, multi-faceted albums. The 15 members of Broken Social Scene – including returnees Leslie Feist and Emily Haines – refract their varying emotions, methods and techniques into something that doesn’t just equal their other albums, but surpasses them. It is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. The title track on its own might just be the best thing you will hear all year – a song that will become as beloved as “Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” from their breakthrough album, You Forgot It In People.

Its title captured what the band wanted people to feel about the group’s comeback, and how they sound playing together again: “It’s just such a wonderful sentiment about us, coming in like a hug of thunder.”

“Hug Of Thunder” is a panoramic, expansive album, that manages to be both epic and intimate. In troubled times it offers a serotonin rush of positivity: “Stay Happy” lives up to its title, with huge surges of brass that sound like sunshine bursting through clouds. “Gonna Get Better” makes a promise that the album is determined to deliver. That’s not to say it’s an escapist record: Broken Social Scene are completely engaged, wholly focussed, and not ignoring the darkness that lurks outside. But there is no hectoring, no lecturing, but a recognition of the confusion and ambiguity of the world. As the title track closes with Leslie Feist murmuring “There was a military base across the street,” the listener is caught in the division between the notional security provided by national defence, and the menace of the same thing. Its The band’s first studio album in 7 years.

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“Something’s Changing” in Lucy Rose. After two albums of feeling her way through the densely-populated landscape of contemporary singer-songwriter music she has picked a point in her career when most people are recycling their hits to bin the satnav, head off the map and commit to a graphically authentic version of her musical self. Now signed to Communion Records, this album is informed by her recent self funded forays into Latin America to headline shows booked by her own fans.

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Third album from Public Service Broadcasting, the brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, and their bass player, keys and horns man extraordinaire, JF Abraham, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.
Released 7th July, on Every Valley Willgoose takes us on a journey down the mineshafts of South Wales valleys. Yet the record is a metaphor for a much larger, global and social malaise, using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised.
The album features guest vocals from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut, the award winning Welsh singer Lisa Jên Brown, and Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on lead single ‘Progress’.

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“As Light Return” – The Telescopes are back with their ninth album. Evolving oscillations of guitar feedback screech and howl through thick layers of distortion. Overtones shift and drift and combine on a carpet of white noise. In the eye of the storm, the voice of Stephen Lawrie remains calm, almost detached. He intones a low, trance-like chant. The vocal is buried deep in the mix, the lyrics just barely discernible.

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Atlanta’s valiant punks Black Lips release their first album in three years, Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, on Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n roll.

This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, ‘Bashed Out’, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into Geoff Barrow’s Invada studios in Bristol. Aaron Dessner of The National also features on six of the album tracks.

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John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius) produced the LP, which was recorded at Geoff Barrow’s Bristol studio Invada; The National’s Aaron Dessner contributes to six of the album’s tracks.

Moonshine Freeze is the follow up to 2015’s “Bashed Out” and sees Kate Stables & Co. making their Rough Trade debut.

“I’m not yet someone who says ‘I want this album to sound like an ’80s French nightclub’,” Stables says. “All I can do is write the songs and then step back from them and see what themes or patterns there are, then bring those patterns out so it’s a coherent piece of work, sonically and in terms of feeling.”

 

This Is The Kit have announced new record Moonshine Freeze and shared a new performance video of the lead single/title track.

The first 500 physical pre-orders from the Rough Trade webstore will also get a few bonus goodies – a This Is The Kit tea towel and a selection of postcards featuring Stables‘ pinhole camera photography.

Tracklist:

  1. Bullet Proof
  2. Hotter Colder
  3. Moonshine Freeze
  4. Easy On The Thieves
  5. All Written Out In Numbers
  6. Empty No Teeth
  7. Riddled With Ticks
  8. Two Pence Piece
  9. Show Me So
  10. By My Demon Eye
  11. Solid Grease

Moonshine Freeze is out 7 July via Rough Trade.