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Melting Vinyl: This is The Kit

Melting Vinyl: This is The Kit

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Ten years and four albums deep, the story of This Is The Kit, the nom de plume of Kate Stables, is one of time and change and careful listening. It has carried Stables from Winchester to Bristol to Paris (where she’s lived for the last ten years), across tours and festivals and the adoration of her peers. This Is The Kit has opened for artists such as The National, Jose Gonzales, and Iron & Wine, and was selected by Sharon Van Etten as her 'Favourite New Artist' in an interview with Pitchfork.

Speaking about her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles and Neil Smith), Stables said “they’re three of my favourite musicians, and what they do with their separate projects and what they bring to This Is The Kit is brilliant.”

'Moonshine Freeze', their Rough Trade debut released in 2017, is their most stunning and accomplished and compelling album to date. The themes and patterns that emerged encompass ideas of folklore and oracles, memory, language, secrets, superstition and lives out of sync. It is Stables’ great songwriting gift to draw together such diverse fragments to reveal something of intense beauty and wisdom. Produced by John Parish, 'Moonshine Freeze' is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless — children’s games, songs, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. This Is The Kit create something quite mesmerising, a sound seemingly unbound by time or place. Stables’ voice too is a remarkable thing.

Stables has always been an exceptional songwriter, a gifted storyteller, a thoroughly unique voice. But with 'Moonshine Freeze' there comes the rare and thrilling sensation of an artist truly taking flight, as if these are the stories she has long been waiting to tell: songs of great beauty, of wonder and illumination, that hold, still, something dark and teeming and shadowed; music you swim out into, songs that lead you through.

“absolutely gorgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you” Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

“just one of the best things I’ve heard all year, the rest of the LP’s pretty good too… wonderful wonderful stuff” Guy Garvey, BBC 6 Music

"soaring new star of contemporary folk... she’s carving her own niche in a notoriously tough field. Her songs veer from achingly stripped down – just voice and banjo – to deliciously more complex, with layers of trumpet, clubbier grooves and psychedelic folk mantras." The Guardian

"combined with her songwriting and vocal talents, Stables is one of the most thrilling folk acts around." Evening Standard

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Doors 7pm / Start 8pm
Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult

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Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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