THIS IS THE KIT SHARE “COLD AND GOT COLDER” VIDEO
VIDEO PREMIERED TODAY BY CLASH MUSIC AS THEIR TRACK OF THE DAY
BIGGEST EVER HEADLINE SHOWS AT BRISTOL TRINITY CENTRE (30/10) AND LONDON UNION CHAPEL (1/11)
This Is The Kit have just shared their video for “Cold and Got Colder,” a stand out track from Bashed Out, conceived and directed by This Is the Kit’s main mover and shaker Kate Stables. It was premiered today by Clash Music, who have made “Cold and Got Colder” their Track Of The Day today. They commented that the band “go about their business with the least amount of fuss, but the sheer artistry on show is enough to gain some incredible plaudits.”
Kate says of the video in which she carries a canoe over land, Fitzcarraldo-style:
“Often in life we’re struck by the struggle.
Our own struggles and also witnessing the struggles of others.
Making this video was kind of a performance/personal process/nod to anyone who has ever had to carry a canoe across land and through the amazon jungle, literally or metaphorically.
The song itself is about the toll that gets taken on someone whose life and work takes them away from home/family and then throws them back again and then tugs them away again and throws them a few canoes to carry in with the bargain.
Sometimes we need a rest and a swim.”
Bashed Out, produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and released on his Brassland label, was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as a breakthrough record. It’s been a triumphant twelve months for This Is The Kit, with the album picked as Guy Garvey’s Album of The Year for 2015 on BBC 6 Music, and packed out performances across the country including a headline show at the Scala and playing at the 6 Music Festival.
To celebrate the success of Bashed Out, This Is The Kit will be playing their biggest Bristol and London shows to date, with headline shows at the Trinity Centre on 30th October and London Union Chapel on 1st November. These shows will follow on from a raft of shows and festival dates throughout the summer including appearances at Festival Number 6, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD following on from appearances at Glastonbury and Guy Garvey’s Meltdown.
This Is The Kit live
02 September – Portmeiron, Festival No. 6 TICKETS
03 September – Birmingham, Moseley Folk Festival TICKETS
8-10 September – Isle of Wight, Bestival TICKETS
11 September – Winchester, SC4M Festival @ Railway Inn TICKETS
30 October – Bristol, Trinity Centre TICKETS
01 November – London, Union Chapel TICKETS
This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, with Kate moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. 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.
Bashed Out features performances from Aaron, his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) alongside her regular cast of collaborators (Rozi Plain et al).
This Is The Kit have been previously hand-picked to support the likes The National, Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzales.
Praise for Bashed Out
“It’s an understated yet absorbing work, full of delicate arrangements that are elegantly swept along by Stables’ gloriously tender vocals” – Uncut 9/10
“Get ready to hear a lot more from [Kate Stables]” – Stereogum
“A pause from the noise” – Noisey
“This is Slow Music: patiently and carefully handcrafted, as though the process was just as important as the result” Pitchfork
“Particularly lovely” – The Guardian
“It’s hard to find fault with ‘Bashed Out’, timeless and completely modern all at once. It’s as lucid a record as you’ll hear all year” – The Line of Best Fit 8/10
“Obviously special” – Q
“’Bashed Out’ takes TITK’s traditional folk to the edge of the avant-garde” – NME
“’Bashed Out’ is Stables fully realized, her talent refined in such a way that only the best — the very heart of her being — was pulled out from within” – Consequence of Sound
“This album ought to see Kate Stables recognized as one of the most compelling voices in alt-folk” – Drowned in Sound 8/10
“A sublime blend of Appalachian bluegrass-infused pop with vocals, banjo, guitar and the odd bit of whistling” – Time Out
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