This Is The Kit
Shares new track ‘Silver John’
Taken from forthcoming Bashed Out LP – due April 6th
Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner
New UK show confirmed
“Get ready to hear a lot more from [Kate Stables]” Stereogum
“‘Bashed Out’, is Stables fully realized, her talent refined in such a way that only the best — the very heart of her being — was pulled out from within.” Consequence of Sound
As the release of This Is The Kit’s anticipated third album Bashed Out edges closer, we are pleased to share another beautiful track from the record.
Kate says of the track: “’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.”
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit’s new album is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and will be released on April 6th via Brassland.
Other supporters include Elbow frontman Guy Garvey – who argued her last record should have been Mercury Prize nominated – This Is The Kit has also been hand-picked to support the likes of The National (at London’s Alexandra Palace no less), Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzales and Alexi Murdoch – a who’s who of iconic folk-inflected songwriters.
Known for their shapeshifting line ups, This Is The Kit are rounding off a headline tour in the UK this week that saw sold out shows in London, Brighton and Glasgow. A new UK show has been confirmed for November at London’s Scala.
UK live dates
12th March – The Green Door Store, Brighton SOLD OUT
25th November – Scala, London For tickets.
Growing up in a green leafy town that is Winchester, England, multi-instrumentalist Kate learned from an early age that great art takes time. “The place I grew up is defined as a Roman Saxon medieval city, they started building the Winchester Cathedral a thousand years ago and have been working on it ever since” she explains.
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.
“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.”
To some, Bashed Out might mean broken. For This is the Kit, though, it is a statement of intent, how art happens, through happenstance meetings and accidental collisions and pushing through.
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).