We try not to let our site get too dominated by a single artist, but what a run This Is The Kit have had in 2015, hogging attention in a way quite counter to their considerate nature. We're pleased to confirm the details of their new Rusty and Got Dusty EP, a new support slot opening for José González across continental Europe in December and, last but not least, the selection of their Bashed Out LP as one of BBC Radio 6 Music's Albums of the Year.
We'll lead with that last bit since there's not much to say about it beyond "Woo-hoo!" In announcing the award the responsible DJ said, simply "I just love the honesty and I love how she sings like a songbird." 6 Music will be playing a song from Bashed Out on every single show broadcast on Wednesday December 9th to celebrate their selection. You can read more details and the full list of favorites over at the BBC.
Next, TITK's new EP which band leader Kate Stables sums up by saying it's a wee step in a more foot-tapping direction." We've posted fuller details elsewhere. But you also preview two songs right now on Spotify or your favorite streaming service. The French language preview song "Les Plus Beaux" will get a video in the new year; "Magic Spell (Paris session)" already has one which you can play below:
The EP is intended as as a portrait of an artist exploring their creativity, a theme also evident in the painstakingly animated video directed, produced and hand-drawn by long-time band acquaintance Sam Wisternoff aka SJ Esau. Alongside the EP release, Sam will be selling some of the 3,000+ frames he created on This Is The Kit's Bandcamp site, including an even-more limited edition autographed by Kate herself. Here's a sample of what you can pick up.
We're also encouraging listeners' own creativity by creating the #drawthekit hashtag. We hope fans inspired by This Is The Kit's music might consider making their own drawings, illustrating both the band members and their songs. Tag your drawings #drawthekit on social media to take part. Both band and label will re-post our favorites across our various media platforms next year.
Last but not least, there is a final burst of European tour dates in 2015 opening for much admired Swedish crooner José González. At first, we thought of these dates as a coda to TITK's just completed headline tour of the UK in November. But new UK dates for January have already been announced.
08 Circus: Stockholm, Sweden %
09 Store Vega: Copenhagen, Denmark %
10 Trivoli Ronda: Utrecht, Netherlands %
11 Motion: Bristol, UK %
12 Academy: Dublin, Ireland %
14 The Institute: Birmingham, UK %
15 Roma: Antwerp, Belgium %
16 Grosse Freiheit: Hamburg, Germany %
17 KB: Malmo, Sweden %
18 Chateau Neuf: Oslo, Norway %
19 Pustervik: Gothenburg, Sweden % SOLD OUT
20 Pustervik: Gothenburg, Sweden %
02 National Theatre: London, UK
14 Trades Club: Hebden Bridge, UK
15 Crescent: York, UK
16 Drygate Brewing Company: Glasgow, UK
26 TBA: Chester, UK
27 Portland Arms: Cambridge, UK
28 Boileroom: Guildford, UK
% w/ José González
By all accounts its been a banner year for This Is The Kit and Kate. She's been one of 6Musics most played artists in 2015; received plaudits from the likes of The Guardian, Uncut, Pitchfork, Stereogum and Noisey; and played a string of the UKs best festivals. One almost forgets that time the BBC made a short documentary on the group for the iPlayer series Guy Garveys Music Box.
Until this here website you're currently reading totally hooks you up with a reminder. You're welcome.