Kid Canaveral

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Kid Canaveral
Kid Canaveral.jpg
Kid Canaveral in 2013
Background information
Origin St Andrews, Scotland
Genres Alternative
Indie rock
Indie pop
Powerpop
Post-Pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Straight to Video Records (2007-10)
Fence Records (2010-13)
Lost Map Records (2013- )
Associated acts Lost Map Collective
Pencils
eagleowl
Come On Gang!
King Creosote
Fence Collective
Website http://www.kidcanaveral.co.uk
Members David MacGregor
Kate Lazda
Rose McConnachie
Scott McMaster (2009- )
Past members Dan Sheehy (2005-2008)
Clarke Geddes (2008-2009)

Kid Canaveral is a Scottish indie pop/indie rock band that formed in St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, but are now based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 2007 the band have released a number of well received singles, an E.P. and an album on their own label, Straight to Video Records, and in 2011 they signed with Scottish independent label Fence Records.[1] The band left Fence Records to join Johnny Lynch on his new label Lost Map Records in August 2013.[2] The band have received praise for their pop hooks and melodies, and their energetic and engaging live performances.[3][4] Their second, and most recent, record Now That You Are a Dancer was nominated for the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award.[5]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kid Canaveral formed in St Andrews, Scotland, in 2005. The original line-up consisted of: David MacGregor (originally from Glasgow, Scotland) on guitar and vocals; Kate Lazda (from Wokingham, England) on guitar and vocals; Rose McConnachie (also from Glasgow, Scotland) on vocals and bass guitar; and Dan Sheehy (from Bangor, Northern Ireland) on drums. The band played their first gig supporting King Creosote and The Pictish Trail in St Andrews. The band relocated to Edinburgh in 2006 in order to be able to play a greater number of gigs, and for the opportunity to play to a wider audience.[6] In order to release their own records David and Kate set up Straight to Video Records and between 2007 and 2010 the band put out four 7" singles (Smash Hits, Couldn't Dance, Second Time Around and I don't have the heart for this), two cassette singles (Left and Right E.P. and You Only Went Out to Get Drunk Last Night) and their debut album.

Original drummer Dan Sheehy left the band after the release of their fourth single in December 2008, to be replaced by Clarke Geddes (from Cupar, Scotland) after he drunkenly applied for the vacancy. Clarke parted company with the band to move to Switzerland in June 2009 after the initial sessions for the band's first album. Scott McMaster (from Girvan, Scotland) was announced as his replacement shortly afterwards.[7]

Shouting at Wildlife 2010-2011[edit]

Shouting at Wildlife Main Article

Their debut album Shouting At Wildlife was released on Monday 5 July 2010 on Straight to Video Records. The band toured the UK extensively and played a number of festivals in support of the album and recorded a live session for BBC Radio Scotland, playing tracks from the album and a cover of the King Creosote song 'Missionary' from Kenny and Beth's Musakal Boat Rides.

It was announced on 23 February 2011 that the band had been signed to Fence Records, and that the label would be re-releasing Shouting At Wildlife on Vinyl in July 2011. Kid Canaveral completed a short tour of the United States in March including a number of shows at the 2011 SxSW festival in Austin, Texas. As well as their own performances, the band acted as King Creosote's backing band for two gigs, one at the Domino Records Showcase at Emo's and one at the British Music Embassy in Latitude 30.[8] Kid Canaveral were filmed before and during SxSW as part of a BBC Artworks documentary about the festival. The band made a number of festival appearances in 2011 in the UK, most notably at T in the Park (on the BBC Introducing stage), The Edge Festival and the Belladrum Festival.

Now That You Are a Dancer 2012-[edit]

Now That You Are a Dancer Main Article
Kid Canaveral recorded their second album during a number of sessions in between January and September 2012 at Fourth Street Studios in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to the album's release the band undertook a tour of the USA and Canada to test out the new material. They released second album Now That You Are a Dancer on Monday 4 March 2013 on Fence Records.[9][10]

Critical response[edit]

The Glasgow Herald magazine praised the band's style, hailing them as their "new favourite Scottish Band" drawing similarities with the powerpop of XTC and The Undertones.[11] The band have received mainly positive coverage from the press, with further praise coming from The Daily Record describing the band as "the best thing to come out of St Andrews since KT Tunstall".[12] The List described the group as having a "charming playfulness" and "unpretentious style".[13] After seeing the band perform at Fête de la Musique as part of Glasgow's West End Festival, Paul Whitelaw described the band in his review of the event in The Scotsman as "Juicy, chewy pop-kids to savour, proving that life still twitches in this indie guitar-pop business".[14] The Fly deem the band to "showcase a sound too big to be Scotland's secret for much longer"[15] and have carried a number of positive live reviews.

The band's debut album received universally positive reviews, with The Skinny describing Shouting at Wildlife as "a thrilling, uplifting and generally all-round spiffing combination of indie-pop skills, lyrical wit, and choruses sung through smiles"[16] and The List praised the record for being "packed with singalong melodies, frisky jangles and a real sense of purpose. A jubilant and skilful racket."[17] The album was BBC Radio 1 Session in Scotland's Album of the Month for July 2010 and the album featured at, or near, the top of a number of end of year lists and polls.[18]

Upon the re-release of Shouting at Wildlife by Fence Records the Glasgow Herald described the album as "a Scottish pop classic [that] should be mandatory in every record collection in the country"[19] and Vic Galloway and Tom Morton featured it as their 'Album of the Week' on their resepctive BBC Radio Scotland shows, in its week of release.

Christmas Baubles[edit]

The band host an annual Christmas Party in Edinburgh that goes by the name "Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles". The inaugural event was held at The Lot in December 2010, and featured performances from King Creosote, ballboy, Come On Gang!, Cancel the Astronauts, The Last Battle and Gummi Bako as well as Kid Canaveral.[20][21] The sell out success of the first year encouraged the band to host for a second year, in the larger Summerhall venue, with Slow Club, Josie Long, eagleowl, Standard Fare, Martin John Henry, The Pictish Trail, Aidan John Moffat, Kid Canaveral and Sweet Baboo all performing. The second baubles event sold out weeks in advance of the show.[22] Kid Canaveral hosted Christmas Baubles III in The Caves in Edinburgh on Saturday 22 December 2012 and featured performances from Malcolm Middleton, FOUND, Josie Long, Eleanor Morton, RM Hubbert, Meursault, Randolph's Leap, Elaine Malcolmson, OnTheFly and Kid Canaveral. Like the two Baubles before it, the event sold out weeks in advance.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2010 Shouting at Wildlife
  • Release date: 5 July 2010
  • Format: Digipak CD, Digital Download

Straight to Video Records

2011 Shouting at Wildlife (re-release)
  • Release date: 25 July 2011
  • Format: LP, CD

Fence Records

2013 Now That You Are a Dancer
  • Release date: 4 March 2013
  • Format: LP, CD, DD

Fence Records
Lost Map Records

Singles[edit]

Year Release Date Title Album Label Format
2007 5 March Smash Hits Shouting at Wildlife Straight to Video Records 7" Vinyl, Digital Download
2008 22 June Couldn't Dance
27 October Second Time Around Non-album Single
15 December I don't have the heart for this
2010 31 May You Only Went Out To Get Drunk Last Night Shouting at Wildlife Cassette, Digital Download
2011 11 July And Another Thing!! Fence Records
31 October Homerun and a Vow/Nowhere Near Half Done as King Creosote and Kid Canaveral Non-album Single 7" Vinyl and T-Shirt with Digital Download
2012 17 December Low Winter Sun Now That You Are a Dancer 7" Vinyl and Digital Download
2013 11 February The Wrench Promo Only
28 October A Compromise Lost Map Records Postcard and Digital Download
2014 14 February Who Would Want to be Loved? 10" Pink Heart-Shaped Vinyl and Digital Download
9 July Skeletons Postcard and Digital Download

Extended Players[edit]

Year Date Title Label Format
2009 19 October Left and Right Straight to Video Records Cassette and Digital Download

Compilations[edit]

  • Limbo Live Volume 01 (Ltd. CD and Digital Download, 23 April 2009. MGM-001) - Contains a live version of the track "Second Time Around". Recorded live at The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland on the 13th December 2008.
  • The Inside Track (Digital Download, 4 August 2010) Charity album for Waverley Care featuring "Stretching The Line"

Other[edit]

  • Good Morning (Free Christmas Digital Download, 24 Dec 2009. STV-006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meek, Thomas. "Exposure: Kid Canaveral". The List. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Johnny (2013-08-20). "Johnny Lynch says goodbye Fence Records, hello Lost Map". The List. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ Is This Music? Magazine. Issue 25. Page 12. March 2007
  4. ^ Live Review, The Scotsman Page 27. 25 April 2011
  5. ^ Mass, Lucy (2014-05-28). "Interview: Edinburgh guitar-pop four-piece Kid Canaveral". The List. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Edinburgh music scene lures Kid Canaveral - The Scotsman". Living.scotsman.com. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ Meek, Thomas. "Exposure: Kid Canaveral". The List. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "Top music artists and events to look out for in 2013". The List. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  11. ^ Page 4. The Herald Magazine. Glasgow Herald, Saturday 8 March 2008.
  12. ^ Daily Record, Page 27 Thursday 13 September 2007
  13. ^ The List Magazine. Page 69 Issue 606. 3–17 July 2008
  14. ^ "La Fete De La Musique" The Scotsman, 22 June 2006.
  15. ^ The Fly Magazine. Page 56. February 2011
  16. ^ "Kid Canaveral – Shouting At Wildlife". The Skinny. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  17. ^ Johnstone, Doug (2010-06-16). "Kid Canaveral - Shouting at Wildlife". The List. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  18. ^ "The Scottish Blogger and Music Sites Award (The Scottish BAMS) 2010". Song, by Toad. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  19. ^ "Kid Canaveral: Shouting At Wildlife (Fence)". Herald Scotland. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  20. ^ "Kid canaverals christmas baubles - Parking Lot - Find airport parking". The-lot.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  21. ^ George, Ali (2011-01-06). "Review: Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles showcase | Edinburgh". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  22. ^ "Win tickets to Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles II". The List. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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