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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 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.

‘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,

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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.

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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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If you look up ‘beguiling’ in the dictionary it probably says ‘adjective: charming or enchanting, often in a deceptive way e.g. Rozi Plain’s utterly beguiling voice’.
Rozi’s Plain has a new album may currently be under lock and key in a caravan home on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg but ‘Actually’ is evidence that ‘Lost Map’ headhoncho and Eigg dweller Johnny Lynch is poised to release Rozi’s latest soon.

Head to Lost Map’s website where you can download a free 9 track taster of the labels roster.

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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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The day is brightened still further having kicked off today with news of the new album from This is the Kit we can now share the new single from fellow band member and  Bristol-based artist Rozi Plain. Check out ‘Actually’ released via Lost Map Records below which will feature on her new album “Friend”.

Rozi’s third album “Friend”, which will be released on May 4th, 2015. A spellbinding reaffirmation of the London-based, Winchester-born singer-songwriter as one of the most unique and original voices in UK alt-folk, Friend features contributions from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and members of François & The Atlas Mountains.

Rozi Plain and This is the Kit are touring together during March, dates below:

3rd – The Institute – Bristol
4th – The 100 Club – London
5th – The Deaf Institute – Manchester
6th – The Workmans Club – Dublin
7th – The Hothouse – Morcombe
8th – The Adelphi – Hull
9th – The Glad Cafe – Glasgow
10th – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
12th – Green Door Store – Brighton
20th – L’Excelsior – Allones – FRANCE

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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.