Feature: My 5 Biggest Influences – Kate Stables (This Is The Kit)

Off Off On is the fifth album from Kate Stables’ This Is The Kit, and is the follow up to 2017’s Moonshine Freeze.

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.

Stables states: “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.’”

Take a listen to the latest single, “Coming to Get You Nowhere”….

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, 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.”

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.

2021 tour dates have also been recently announced – all fingers crossed the following UK dates go ahead….

13 Mar – The Railway Inn, Winchester Matinee Show
13 Mar – The Railway Inn, Winchester Evening Show
14 Mar – New Kind of Neighbourhood, This is the Kit & Friends, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
16 Mar – Lancaster Library, Lancaster
17 Mar – Junction, Cambridge
18 Mar – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
19 Mar – Tramshed, Cardiff
20 Mar – The Citadel, York
21 Mar – The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
23 Mar – The Cluny, Newcastle
24 Mar – RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
25 Mar – Button Factory, Dublin, IE
26 Mar – Live Rooms, Chester
27 Mar – Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
28 Mar – Arts Centre, Norwich
29 Mar – Saint Laurence Church, Reading
01 Apr – Royal Albert Hall, London

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