TUNE This Is The Kit - Silver John
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit released her third album ‘Bashed Out’ earlier this year. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, it was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as her breakthrough record.
‘Silver John’ is about Kate contemplating the apocalypse: “’Silver John’ talks about how we see things. The end of the world 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.”
Additionally This Is The Kit feature on ‘Music Box with Guy Garvey’, a new BBC documentary series hosted by the Elbow frontman and 6Music presenter. In each episode Garvey will feature a hand-selected favorite artist. Garvey was very vocal that This Is The Kit's last record should have been Mercury Prize nominated — and their new album ‘Bashed Out’ is now hotly tipped to be among the shortlist nominees to be announced this October. On the show, Kate performs ‘Spores’ and older track ‘Two Wooden Spoons’.
This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, 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).
"The main reason for doing what I do is the exchange with other people—musical exchange yes, and other exchanges too. A hello and a handshake and the constant opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of others. As far as I can work out, the only thing worth doing in life is meeting, helping and swapping stories and experiences and resources with other people. Doing, making, learning."
Previously hand-picked to support the likes of The National, Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzales, This Is The Kit have confirmed a headline tour for November including London’s Scala.
Having already played at several festivals this summer including Latitude and Tramlines, the band will head to Green Man and End of the Road before heading to Ireland for a special show at the Cork Opera House supporting Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner.