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Have This Is The Kit reached cult status yet? It’s possible. Kate Stables began this project way back in 2003, and has since managed to garner a great deal of critical acclaim while maintaining a degree of underground status, making every track feel like an undiscovered gem.

It’s easy to see why they’ve drawn such praise from the likes of Elbow’s Guy Garvey and his 6Music colleagues, because a brief listen to their most recent record, Off Off On, leaves the listener curious to hear more.

Stables’ lighter-than-air vocals backed by gentle folk rock tones make for very easy listening. Delve a little deeper though, and you’re struck by a level of musical complexity and lyrical sophistication that demands inspection. Coming To Get You Nowhere combines musical and visual storytelling with an off-the-cuff MV documenting friends unsticking their friends’ car, just as the song promises to unstick a melancholy mind. Banjo-led This Is What You Did carefully interweaves traditional folk elements with rock construction for a Manics-like take on morality. It’s still not too late to get a headstart on your mates for this talented bunch, as they can finally tour their 2020 release – dropping in to Sunderland’s Fire Station on Thursday 10th March – and unleash their artistry on a still unsuspecting public.

This Is The Kit play The Fire Station, Sunderland on Thursday 10th March.


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