A session from This Is The Kit tonight – keeping with our Wednesday Anti-Road Rage theme. This Is The Kit (aka: Kate Stables) is probably no stranger if you’ve been following what the Alternative Folk scene has been up to in the UK in recent years – not to mention a lot of touring, not only in Europe and the UK but here in the States as well. So this session may be a welcome reminder.
Based in Bristol and Paris, This Is The kit’s most high profile media moment to date occurred in August 2015, when BBC iPlayer debuted an episode of the documentary series Music Box devoted to This Is The Kit’s music and influences. The show was hosted by Guy Garvey, who argued that their second album “Wriggle Out the Restless” deserved a Mercury Prize nomination.
Previous to the BBC documentary, This Is The Kit were a long-time favorite among various BBC Radio 6 Music DJs, which is where Garvey discovered them, playing their music frequently. Fellow 6 Music DJs Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe & Maconie, Cerys Matthews, and Mary Anne Hobbs have also been major supporters; DJ Marc Riley has hosted the band for three BBC live sessions to date (including this one for Marc Riley). BBC Radio 1 has offered the band spot plays via DJs Huw Stephens, Jen & Ally, and Phil Taggart.
As the band prepared to release their third album “Bashed Out” in late 2014 and early 2015, they began to receive more attention from online and print critics. Uncut, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit and The 405 awarded the album 8/10 ratings. The Mancunion rated a live show a 9/10. Finally, the American blog Stereogum wrote that “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…it will also likely be her breakout.”
The band also appeared in the BBC One television series Wanderlust, playing in a night club that Toni Colette’s character Joy attended.
In 2014, the band began work on their third studio LP “Bashed Out” with Aaron Dessner of The National. The band’s usual members contributed to the recording as did studio musicians recruited by Aaron Dessner, including his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut, Sufjan Stevens), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) amongst others. Brassland released the album in 6/7 April 2015. It has received attention as the band’s “breakthrough” recording, and as one of the best British recordings of 2015.
July 2017 brought the release of the band’s fourth LP Moonshine Freeze. The record was well received and chosen as the Rough Trade Album Of The Month for July.
To get you up to speed if you aren’t already familiar and to remind you if you are a fan, here is that session for Marc Riley, recorded on October 18, 2018.
Suggest you find a quiet place and hit the play button – the sounds are quite exquisite.