This Is The Kit, the British banded led by Kate Stables, have announced the release of a new album called Off Off On for release on October 23 via Rough Trade. It follows up 2017’s excellent Moonshine Freeze and finds Stables working with producer Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman/Muzz) and a band of Rozi Plain (bass/vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), Jesse D Vernon (guitar, keyboards), Jamie Whitby-Coles (drum/vox).
The first song to be shared from Off Off On is called “This Is What You Did”, which Stables introduces by saying:
“It’s a bit of a panic attack song. The negative voices of other people that are your 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.”
“This Is What You Did” is a zippy banjo-led folk jam that Stables spearheads with sprightly vocals that articulate those negative feelings she describes above. As the song bounces into the chorus, her voice is doubled, taking on the role of the poisonous thoughts in your mind saying “this is what you get / this is what you did / this is what they want / why are you still here?” A heavy song, no doubt, but the featherlight playing and the gradual encroachment of fiery melodies and even some sax makes it a song that leaves you determined to prove those voices wrong.
They’ve got these tour dates planned:
Live Dates 2020
October 22nd – Banquet Records Instore (London)
October 24th (lunchtime) – Pie & Vinyl Instore (Portsmouth)
October 24th (evening) – Resident Music Instore (Brighton)
Live Dates 2021
April 1st – London The Royal Albert Hall