This Is the Kit
|This Is the Kit|
|Origin||Winchester, England (via Bristol, England)|
No Need Water
Sunday Best Recordings
|Associated acts||Whalebone Polly
|Members||Kate Stables - lead vocals, banjo, guitar
Jesse D Vernon - bass, guitar, violin
Jamie Whitby-Coles - drums
Rozi Plain - vocals, guitar
Neil Smith - guitar
Philip Sirop - batterie
The band'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 6 DJs, which is where Garvey discovered them, playing their music frequently. Fellow BBC 6 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. BBC's primary station, BBC 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."
In 2006, record label Sunday Best Recordings included the band's song "Two Wooden Spoons" in its Folk Off compilation album alongside artists including Animal Collective, Tunng and Vashti Bunyan. Their song was noted as a standout with Drowned in Sound stating: "its personal touch is largely what makes This Is The Kit the British highlight, not to mention that of the compilation as a whole". Following that, Sunday Best went on to release "Two Wooden Spoons" as a 7" single with the B side "Come a Cropper" in 2006.
This Is The Kit's first album, 2008's Krulle Bol was produced in Bristol by John Parish, a musician best known as PJ Harvey's longtime producer. The album's title possibly originated from a Dutch term denoting a person with curly hair, lit. translation 'curly noggin'. It was originally released on the French label Microbe but has since been reissued on the band's own imprint.
The band's second album, Wriggle Out the Restless, was originally released by Dreamboat Records in 2010 and later reissued by the band's own Disco-ordination Records. In 2013 distribution began migrating to Brassland Records. The recording sessions drew on the talents of the Stables' extended musical community including Rozi Plain, Jim Barr (bass player from Portishead), Francois & the Atlas Mountains and The Liftmen. The album was produced by longtime collaborator and partner Jesse D. Vernon.
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.
This Is the Kit perform regularly in various configurations from duo to quintet. The core members are Stables on vocals, guitar and banjo, and Jesse D Vernon on violin, guitar, bass and percussion. However, Stables is the only constant, and they are often joined onstage by The Liftmen, Rozi Plain, and other musicians of their acquaintance throughout the UK and Europe.
Since 2010, the band have recorded a Blogothèque Take-Away Show video session and been played regularly on BBC Radio 6 Music. The band have been touring regularly and supporting such acts as The National, Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Herman Dune.
- Krulle Bol – Microbe (2008)
- Wriggle Out the Restless – Dreamboat Records (2010), Brassland Records (2012)
- Bashed Out – Brassland Records (2015)
- "Two Wooden Spoons" – Sunday Best (2006)
- "White Ash Cut" – Tapeclub Records (2006)
- "Birchwood Beaker" (split single with the Belgian band Soy un Caballo) – Need No Water (2008)
- "Moon" (7" single) – Need No Water (2010)
- Garvey, Guy. "From PJ Harvey to This Is The Kit". Guy Garvey's Music Box. BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
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- Evans, Jacob. "This Is The Kit’s gentle folk rock makes for an intimate, friendly peformance". The Mancunion. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- White, Caitlin. "This Is The Kit – Bashed Out (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Stereogum.com. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Marwood, Ben. "Folk-Off Review". Drowned In Sound. drowned in sound. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
- "This is the Kit". Artist Trove. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
- Fazi, Melanie. "Krulle Bol review". Le Cargo. Le Cargo. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- Bemis, Alec. "Brassland". Brassland. Brassland. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- Clos, François. "Blogotheque". Blogotheque. Blogotheque. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
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- Els. "ATP review". Drowned In Sound. Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- thisisthekit.co.uk, the band's official website
- This Is the Kit's page at Brassland Records
- This Is the Kit's page on Facebook
- This Is the Kit at AllMusic
- This Is the Kit discography at Discogs
- This Is the Kit discography at MusicBrainz