BLUES-ROCK BRIT QUARTET RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM ‘YOU OWE NOTHING’. Released Nov 10th on Sire / Warner
Watch the video for the first track ‘I’ll Be The First’
There’s a long tradition of young British musicians falling in love with the American blues. It started in the sixties when the likes of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Led Zeppelin became mesmerized by the sounds that emanated from the backwoods and bayous of the South.
Continuing in this unspoken ritual is Kill It Kid vocalist and guitarist Chris Turpin, who fell under the spell of Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell. After reading Johnson’s name in an early interview with The White Stripes, the budding guitarist took to Berwick St in London and combed record store bargain bins for the keys to unlock this legacy for himself.
“I bought a Robert Johnson compilation for just a few pounds” he recalls. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was the most potent, intense guitar music and single voice I’d ever experienced. I had never heard anything like it before. That’s why I started a band. I wanted to capture that same essence.”
So, like any good bluesman, Turpin took his acoustic guitar and started performing – constantly. Playing three times a week at open mic nights “for a pint”, he developed impressive chops both instrumentally and vocally. Soon, other musicians began to take notice. Drummer Marc Jones approached him, followed by co-vocalist and pianist Stephanie Ward. In 2008, taking their name from a Blind Willie McTell tune, Kill It Kid was formed.
Over the course of the next four years, they toured hard and grew a loyal following, releasing music via indie label One Little Indian Records. During that period, they rounded out their line-up with bassist Dom Kozubik. In 2012, Sire Records A&R legend Seymour Stein caught a show and signed the band. A year later, the quartet retreated to Los Angeles in order to cut their self-titled full-length debut for the U.S. with producer Julian Raymond [Cheap Trick, MUTEMATH]. Now, Kill It Kid arrive at a crossroads between unadulterated blues catharsis, tight rock ‘n’ roll song writing, pensive folk musings and distorted grunge attitude. Impassioned vocals give way to finger-splitting string bends and impenetrable riffs with unmitigated emotion.
The end result is ‘You Owe Nothing’; an album that is meant to be experienced as one dynamic piece, like any timeless record. “We just want people to enjoy it and appreciate it,” explains Turpin. “We hope you get a kick out of it. It‘s simple rock ‘n’ roll music. This was written as a record. You need to listen to it as a whole. That’s the way to find some solace and release inside the music.”
New single ‘I’ll Be The First’ slides from handclaps into a propulsive and powerful beat and an anthemic hook while ‘Don’t It Feel Good’ and ‘Blood Stop Run’ sees Ward take the mic, adding an intensely sensual female edge to the music during its heaviest moments and nodding to the likes of Southern sirens Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.
“You could call it ‘New British Blues’, but there’s an element of heaviness and even doses of Americana, folk, and country” concludes Turpin. “We started off with the ethos that we’re doing this for ourselves and not to please anybody else. The modus operandi of this band is to create something honest and simple.”
Catch the band live at the following dates in the UK:
November 2014 UK Tour
1st November – Leeds, The Cockpit
2nd November – Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
3rd November – London, Oslo
4th November – Bath, Komedia
5th November – Birmingham, Academy
6th November – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
8th November – Open, Norwich