This is the Kit

This is the Kit

Music


News

April 12, 2017 - This Is The Kit sign to Rough Trade Records
A big congrats to This Is The Kit for today's announcement that they've signed to Rough Trade Reco...

November 30, 2016 - This Is The Kit's holiday single, new videos & final Bashed Out tour dates
This Is The Kit have finally wrapped up their tour dates in support of 2015's most excellent Bashed...

December 4, 2015 - This Is The Kit get Album of the Year, José González tour & new EP
We try not to let our site get too dominated by a single artist, but what a run This Is The Kit have...


Events

Date City and Venue Country
June 16, 2017 Twin Cities, MN, Unknown venue US
June 20, 2017 New York, NY, Baby's All Right US
July 3, 2017 Clonmel, Unknown venue Ireland
July 16, 2017 London, Hatfield House UK
July 27, 2017 Torpoint, Unknown venue UK
July 28, 2017 Bruton, Gilcombe Farm UK
July 28, 2017 Clitheroe, Gisburn Forest UK
August 4, 2017 Bristol, ValleyFest UK
August 5, 2017 Bristol, Unknown venue UK
August 11, 2017 Copenhagen, Refshaleøen Denmark
August 17, 2017 Brecon Beacons, Brecon Beacons National Park UK
August 24, 2017 Bournemouth, Purbeck Valley Farm UK
September 1, 2017 Dumfries, Drumlanrig Castle UK
September 16, 2017 Sheffield, The HUBS UK
September 17, 2017 Manchester, Manchester Gorilla UK
September 19, 2017 Brighton, Concorde 2 UK
September 20, 2017 Canterbury, Revelation St Mary's UK
September 20, 2017 Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie - Großer Saal Germany
September 21, 2017 London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire UK

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Notes

This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris, though the heart of their musical community remains in Bristol, UK. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully hand-plucked friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath Stables' easy, earnest lilt. Her long time collaborator and regular live companion Jesse Vernon sometimes contributes guitars, violin and percussion. While on tour, This Is The Kit usually includes Rozi Plain & drummer Jamie Whitby-Coles alongside Kate — but the band is a shape-shifting entity ranging from a female duo with friend Rozi to a psychedelia tinged five electric five-piece.

What does it sound like? Well, you thought you didn't like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Listen as Kate rips forward with her hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare, unaffected beauty. She also uses guitars and stuff.

"The aim is to have fun playing with people whose work I really like," says Kate in her simple and direct fashion. "The more you exchange and share with people the better things get and the more you learn." This is the Kit are a proper headliner in the United Kingdom and increasingly a festival draw, thought they have put in many miles opening up for artists such as The National, Jose Gonzales, Sharon Van Etten, Jeffrey Lewis, Alexi Murdoch, Iron & Wine, Barr Brothers, Anais Mitchell and Jolie Holland — a beloved list of music-makers whose work might help you (roughly) triangulate the TITK sound. Or you can just watch this: