"The set list usually gets decided on the day of the gig depending on the vibe where we play" In conversation with This Is The Kit

Hey Kate, how the devil are you?

Very well today thank you!

What have you been up to today?

Lots of sleep and then trying to find a ruck sack.

For anyone that doesn’t know you, can you introduce yourself?

My name is Kate and I write songs and play them in a band called This is the kit with my friends, Neil, Jamie and Rozi.

I live in Paris and one day I would like to be able to juggle with clubs.

How would you describe Moonshine Freeze in two sentences?

Playing with Light and darkness. Investigating truth and story telling.

What was your process for writing and selecting tunes for the record?

Mostly the same as usual. Chipping away at my note books and then shutting myself away to try and find the music to match with the words.

You didn’t have a specific vision for the album when you went into the studio, what’s your process for getting to the finished thing?

Just keep on going until you see the pattern forming in front of you. Then you can step back and see which paths you were on.

You’ve spent time in Paris and Bristol, I know Bristol is a music city, how did you find being there?

I loved it. It's where I did a lot of musical growing up and discovering. Also where I met many significant people in my life. Key players. Extended family.

I spent a lot of time there being in a band called Whalebone Polly with Rachael Dadd (a key player who'd moved at about the same time as I had from Winchester to Bristol). And joined a choir where I met my partner Jesse. Formative times.

Where do you find inspiration to write music?

All over the place really. But mainly places with humans about. Inside and out.

One of my favourite songs on the album is ‘Riddled With Ticks’, can you explain what that track’s about?

A swim. A forest. Telling the truth. Ticks. (Emotional and literal). A story that no one ever told. A story that got told in a few different ways. Feeling threatened to the point of needing to be ready to fight.

Fighting for truth whatever that might be.

What can you tell us about your 2017 so far?

Well I had an excellent Christmas and new year in France. Then we mixed the album in February. Then it was artwork and album preparation.

It was the longest time I've been home for quite a while and did me and my family lots of good. Then the gigs started up again in June and so now here we are, on the road again.

It was a very restorative start to the year and so hopefully has reinforced in me what I need to survive the touring that I'll be doing for the foreseeable future!

What’s coming up for the rest of your year?

Gigs in the UK, followed by gigs in the US followed by gigs in the EU followed by some more gigs in the US.

In short. Adventures.

You’re playing Green Man Festival next week, what can audiences expect from your set?

Well some songs off the new album and a few off the older albums.  I'm not any more sure than that just now. The set list usually gets decided on the day of the gig depending on the vibe where we play.

It will be the big band version though which I always enjoy. Horn section and Jesse joining on guitar. Full compliment of band members.

You play in various combinations of people, how do you decide what set up a show requires? Is it budget, availability, or what kind of show you want to put on?

Yes. Nail on the head. All of the above.

But the mainframe of the band is me Neil, Jamie and Rozi. Jesse joins in when he's not working on projects elsewhere, and the horns join in when there's room on stage (and sometimes even when there's not).

How have you enjoyed the festival season?

It's been excellent. Played quite a few festivals I'd not heard of this summer which is nice. Cloudspotting in Lancashire was really great. Amazingly beautiful location and very friendly vibe.

The season's not over yet mind. Got a few more festivals to look forward to before the autumn kicks in.

If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?

'Split like a lip, no blood on the beard' by Buke & Gase. I just love it so much.

What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?

Maybe something like "do you think Jeremy Corbyn should be prime minister?"

And then I would have replied "absolutely without a doubt yes".

Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)

Strangely I never take coffee or alcohol. But if I did then I'd probably take them both together in the same mug.

Thanks so much for your time Kate, I’m looking forward to your Green Man set.

You're welcome! Thanks for the enjoyable questions. See you in Wales!

You can catch This Is The Kit on Saturday on the Mountain Stage at Green Man this weekend. You can find out about their autumn dates on their website, or follow the band on Twitter or like them on Facebook. Moonshine Freeze is available from any decent outlet and all streaming services.

Last updated: 17/08/2017 13:43:04

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