Kites is a London band composed of two classically-trained musicians (Jack & Jasper), a scholar of electronics (Richard), and a foppish pop-poet with a penchant for silk (Matthew). In a recent interview, Kites’ front man Matthew, who brings an air of Wildean decadence to the band, described their sound as: “Melodramatic provocation for discontented dreamers”. His lyrics are obsessed over by fans and his interviews have become part of Kites’ myth and intrigue.
Kites began writing tightly constructed tracks in 2010 that successfully blended synthetic textures with more organic instrumentation, creating a sound that was bold, affecting and, ultimately, irresistible. Their intensely physical and energetic stage shows have won them fans internationally and garnered comparisons to New Order, Patrick Wolf and Talking Heads in the mainstream music press. They have supported numerous, high-profile artists in recent months including Jarvis Cocker, Gary Numan, The Mystery Jets, Peter Hook, Erasure, Bloc Party and many others. Their recent release ‘Brother’ has been praised by Q Magazine, Notion, The 405, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, Absolute Radio, other major printed press and across the blogosphere. Artrocker Magazine premiered the single’s video, directed by George Harvey . Harvey is the principal film-maker for i:D and GQ.
Lead singer Matthew believes the band has many influences, but perhaps one of the most prominent influences stems right from his childhood:
“My household was populated with black and white photographs of Jim Morrison in the crucifix pose. Even as a toddler, I was seduced by his baritone timbre and assertive swagger. I’m not sure why my parents thought it suitable to expose me to a renowned alcoholic with a well-publicised Oedipus complex, but I certainly found him influential.”
As well as having their own unique and captivating sound of electronic beddings with smatterings of guitar, Kites also have a strong sense of style. After all, as Matthew suggests: “Life is a stage and we are flowers to be looked at”. With his style icons including Sebastian Horsley, Sebastian Tellier and Anthony Andrews’ character Sebastian Flyte…- “Essentially, anyone called Sebastian or anyone who looks good with a cane” - Matthew has all the makings of a true fashion and music pioneer; a 21st century icon.
The single ‘Brother’ is Kites’ latest release. The track is a melancholy story of two brothers, whose fates are interwoven throughout the song in a tapestry of fear and hope. One brother is at the end of his journey; the other is only just embarking. Kites will also release the phenomenal ‘Art Tastes Better Blind’ (Recently listed as one of the 'Essential Downloads' of 2011 by Q Magazine) as the B side to this single and will be touring relentlessly throughout the rest of the year.