British Alternative folk rock musician This Is The Kit is pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at McHughs Basement, Belfast on Thursday April 07th. The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit released her third album Bashed Out in 2015. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, it was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as her breakthrough record.
This Is The Kit featured on ‘Music Box with Guy Garvey’, a new BBC documentary series hosted by the Elbow frontman and 6Music presenter. In each episode Garvey will feature a hand-selected favorite artist. Garvey was very vocal that This Is The Kit’s last record should have been Mercury Prize nominated — and their new album Bashed Out was hotly tipped to be among the shortlist nominees.
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.
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).
“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.”
Previously hand-picked to support the likes The National, Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzales, This Is The Kit have completed a headline tour November 2015 including London’s Scala.
Having already played at several festivals last summer including Latitude and Tramlines, the band will head to Green Man and End of the Road before heading to Ireland for a special show at the Cork Opera House supporting Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner.