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This Is The Kit


This is The Kit are pleased to announce their new album ‘Off Off On’ which will be released by Rough Trade Records on October 23.10.2020. This is the fifth album by the band and is the follow up to 2017 critically acclaimed album ‘Moonshine Freeze’. The album will be available on LP / CD / MP3.

Kate Stables decided to work on the new record with producer Josh Kaufman, New York-based musician, Hold Steady collaborator and member of Bonny Light Horseman and Muzz. Stables first met him when working with Anaïs Mitchell on a cover of the Osibisa song Woyaya, their paths later crossing at the PEOPLE residencies in Berlin and Brooklyn.

“We were on the same page about a lot of musical ideas, as well as doing things I wouldn’t do musically. It was a lovely mixture of ‘you’re exactly in my brain and exactly at the opposite end of my brain.’” After the band – completed by Rozi Plain (bass/vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), Jesse D Vernon (guitar, keyboards), Jamie Whitby-Coles (drum/vox), – reunited for the cold-water rehearsals in Wales, they headed to Wiltshire’s Real World Studios, just finishing in time for everyone to get home for lockdown.

Kate explains the meaning behind the song ‘This Is What You Did’ “It’s a bit of a panic attack song. The negative voices of other people that are you’re own voice. Or are they? Hard to say when you’re in this kind of a place. How to get out of this place? Needing to get outside more. Cosmically topical what with these recent days of inside all the time. Knowing the things, you should do because they’re good for you and make you feel better but for some reason you still stay inside and fester in your own self-doubt and regret and self-loathing. Fun times! We all get into negative mind loops sometimes. Especially when you’re not getting the fresh air and outside time you need to stay healthy.”

Since 2008’s debut album Krulle Bol, This Is the Kit have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, Off Off On is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts. By the end of 2018, This Is the Kit had finished touring their last album, the talismanic Moonshine Freeze, but Stables’ natural impulse to start the next record was diverted when she was invited to join The National on tour – a continuation of the role she took on their album I Am Easy to Find.

“I think it did me loads of good,” laughs Stables. “It was so brilliant when I was writing to be away from my songs and the responsibility of overseeing a band or a project – just to forget about that for a while and be a minion in someone else’s band was brilliant, I loved it. I think it really helped my writing and my getting through whatever I needed to get through.”

Live Dates 2021
April 1st – London The Royal Albert Hall

Track listing:
1. Found Out
2. Started Again
3. This is What You Did
4. No such thing
5. Slider
6. Coming to get you Nowhere
7. Carry Us Please
8. Off Off On
9. Shinbone Soap
10. Was magician
11. Keep Going

For more information please contact
Jamie Woolgar
Ben Ayres
Rough Trade Records 0208 875 5189

Video & Press
  • With Hard Banjo Rhythms and Striking Lyrics, This Is The Kit Offers ‘Off Off On’

    [The Bluegrass Situation] BY BRITTNEY MCKENNA Kate Stables, principal of alternative roots outfit This Is the Kit, didn’t intend to write a pandemic album to follow her acclaimed 2017 debut, Moonshine Freeze. In fact, she wrote the entirety of Off Off On well before the term “COVID-19” entered our collective consciousness. In the way that great art often can, though, […]

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  • This Is the Kit Shares New Single “Coming to Get You Nowhere”: Stream

    From her forthcoming album Off Off On [Consequence of Sound] BY WREN GRAVES After three years out of the spotlight, This Is the Kit returned in June to announce her upcoming album Off Off On.  Now the artist born Kate Stables has unveiled a contemplative new single called “Coming to Get You Nowhere”. The song begins with a cascade of […]

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  • ‘Can You Lie In a Song?’ A Conversation with Jesca Hoop and Kate Stables (This Is the Kit)

    The friends and collaborators discuss how important truth is to songwriting, demo-itis, and Jesca’s new album. [Talkhouse] By Jesca Hoop Jesca Hoop is a CA-born, Manchester, England-based musician who’s collaborated with the likes of Tom Waits and Iron & Wine; Kate Stables is a Winchester, England-born, Paris, France-based musician who performs as This Is the Kit. […]

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  • Q&A: This is the Kit on How Songwriting is Like Play-Doh

    [] By Ryan Gibbs British singer-songwriter Kate Stables has gained notice over the past decade for her witty story-songs performed under the musical pseudonym of This is the Kit. She plays banjo in addition to guitar. Released earlier this month, “Moonshine Freeze” is her highest profile release to date: It was issued on influential British […]

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  • This Is The Kit Nominated for Ivor Novello 2018 Award

    [BBC] Ed Sheeran faces stiff competition at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards… from himself. The singer has been nominated twice in the most performed work category for his songs Shape of You and Castle on the Hill. Stormzy and Everything Everything have also received two nominations each – in the song categories and for best […]

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