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GenresIndie rock
Years active1996–2006
LabelsFierce Panda
Devil in the Woods
Blast First
Past membersNikki Colk
Gemma Cullingford
Dave Lake
Dieta Quantrill

KaitO was an English indie rock band from Norwich, formed in 1996.[1] Their music consisted of loud, pop-punk melodies combined with a unique mix of guitar effects. The band split up in 2006.


The band was formed in 1996, and after five years in which they released three singles on small labels, the signed a European deal with Fierce Panda and an American deal with Devil in the Woods in 2001. They played mostly in England, but also toured the United States on many occasions.

The band's debut album was released in August 2001 on the Devil in the Woods label, entitled You've Seen Us..You Must Have Seen Us....[1][2] This was quickly followed up with a single, "Cat Nap", on the Fierce Panda label, while British music critics praised KaitO's unique punky sound.

2002 began with tours for the band, most notably with the Datsuns, Seafood and Imperial Teen.[1] An EP was released (Montigola Underground) that summer despite the touring, and KaitO eventually left Devil in the Woods for SpinART in 2003.[3] Their album Band Red was released in May 2003. The band performed at the South by Southwest festival in the same year.[4] The band's final release was a self-titled EP on Blast First in 2003. In 2006, Kaito broke up.

Colk later joined Factory Floor.

Gemma Cullingford is now the co-founder of the Norwich Ukulele Society,[5] and a ukulele instructor.[6]

Dave Lake now plays as guitarist in the Norwich-based band 'Magoo'.

Musical style[edit]

The band's sound has been described as "scathing bubblegum pop",[7] and "tightly coiled post-punk-pop".[8] They have been compared to Elastica, Sonic Youth,[9] Wire, PiL,[10] and Sleater Kinney.[11]




  • You've Seen Us..You Must Have Seen Us... (2001), Devil in the Woods
  • Band Red (2003), SpinART/Mute

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Who'ee Owee" (1997), Vibrations From The Edge of Sanity
  • "60 Second Popstar" (1998), Vibrations From The Edge of Sanity
  • "Go" (2000), Sickroom Gramophonic Collective
  • "Cat Nap" (2001), Fierce Panda
  • Montigola Underground EP (2001), Future Farmer
  • Kaito EP (2003), Blast First


  1. ^ a b c d e Wilson, MacKenzie "KaitO Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-08-15
  2. ^ Sarvady, Glen (2001) "Kaito - You've Seen Us, You Must Have Seen Us...", CMJ New Music Monthly, September 2001, p. 70, retrieved 2011-08-16
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (2003) "MUSIC: PLAYLIST; Now in a Club Near You: Gamelans and Baby Talk", The New York Times, 1 June 2003, retrieved 2011-08-16
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (2003) "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Paying Dues Amid Some Singing of the Blues", The New York Times, 17 March 2003, retrieved 2011-08-16
  5. ^ "BBC News - Ukulele revival embraced by City of Norwich". Bbc.co.uk. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Norwich/Norfolk". Ukulele Lessons. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b Clarke, Betty (2004) "Kaito, Band Red", The Guardian, 2 April 2004, retrieved 2011-08-16
  8. ^ Phares, Heather "band Red Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-08-16
  9. ^ a b Garrett, Jon (2006) "Liars / KaitO ULU, London, UK: 16 March 2006", Pitchfork Media, 5 April 2006, retrieved 2011-08-16
  10. ^ Hochman, Steve (2004) "POP MUSIC REVIEW; Steamy night for a pair of Brit acts", Los Angeles Times, 1 March 2004, p. E24
  11. ^ "A Quick Spin", Washington Post, 1 June 2003, p. N5

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