This Is The Kit
This Is The Kit, the nom de plume of Kate Stables, has been in existence since the 00s, when Kate moved to Bristol and started playing and collaborating with local musicians. 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.
“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 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.
This is the Kits’ 2015 album Bashed Out, was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and released on his Brassland label. 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. On its release, Bashed Out received critical acclaim, and was quickly seen as a breakthrough record. Packed out performances followed, including a headline show at the Scala, and the album was picked as Guy Garvey’s Album of The Year for 2015 on BBC 6 Music.
2016 saw This is the Kit continue to tour relentlessly, including shows in Paris, a Scottish Highlands tour and an appearance at BBC 6music Festival in Bristol. Following on from a raft of shows and festival dates throughout the summer (including appearances at Festival Number 6, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD, Glastonbury and Guy Garvey’s Meltdown) This Is The Kit played their biggest London show to date with a rapturously received sold out London Union Chapel in November, before commencing work on the follow up to Bashed Out. Having caught the eye of Rough Trade, This is the Kit signed up to the legendary label in early 2017.
• 2005: Sunday Best released a 7” single “Two Wooden Spoons”. Hampshire based label Tape Club Records released a cassette single of the songs White Ash Cut and Vitamins. The label Need No Water released Birchwood Beaker on a white 7″ vinyl split single with the Belgian band Soy Un Caballo. Kate’s version on one side and a French language version on the other.
• 2006: Sessions with Radio One (Rob Da Bank) and Resonance FM (You Are Hear, The Other Woman, Dexter Bentley) along with plays plays on other shows on Radio One & 6music. The Japanese label Angel’s Egg released a collection of demo recordings “Where It Lives”.
• 2008: album ‘Krülle Bol‘, was produced by John Parish and was released in on the French label Microbe records.
• 2009: Whalebone Polly EP “Taproot And Sill”, released on Dreamboat records September.
• 2010: Released 2nd LP “Wriggle Out The Restless” on Dreamboat Records which promptly went out of business so the record goes out of print. Album features members of Francois and The Atlas Mountains and The Liftmen.
• 2011: Band releases the “Wriggle Out The Restless Remixes” featuring covers and remixes by talented friends and relations – John Parish, Francois of the Atlas mountains, Andy Skellam, Shorebilly, Rachael Dadd and Ichi. And in December of 2011 they opened for The National at the Beacon Theatre.
• 2012: A busy year touring and recording. TITK played more than 100 shows this year all over Europe including many summer festivals in the UK notably ATP, Shamballa and the Insider festival.
• 2013: A short tour of Australia in Feb with plans to get to finish a new album with Aaron Dessner of The National. The band are also in the process of recording an EP of covers by pals (including some in French guys). Brassland does a proper reissue of Wriggle Out the Restless.
• 2015 This Is The Kit release new album Bashed Out which receives rave reviews and sells 7k in the UK.
• 2016 This Is The Kit play Glastonbury, Womad, Bestival and Guy Garvey’s Meltdown, and the Bashed Out touing culminates in a triumphant sold out Union Chapel show.
• Early 2017 This Is the Kit sign to Rough Trade Records and start recording their next album provisionally titled “Easy On The Thieves”.