This Is The Kit is the brainchild of Kate Stables. Kate has been around the scene since the early 2000s, and, has shaped her sound over the course of 5 studio albums and 3 EP’s. This tour is celebrating the release of This is the Kit’s 5th studio album Moonshine Freeze. The critically acclaimed record came out on July 7th of this year and since then the band have toured all over England, Ireland, mainland Europe and now the US.
When you walk into a venue just as the opening act is starting and the room is already close to capacity, then you know you are in for a treat. Helena Deland hails from Montreal, Canada and a quick pre-show scan across her social media channels reveals an extensive touring schedule and some wonderful videos. Dark-folk with a hint of country, made for some beautiful songs to kick off proceedings. Highlight of the set was “Black Metal.”
This Is The Kit took to the stage and were great with a rapturous applause. Kate, with a huge beam, announced that the crowd tonight was the largest so far on the tour and this was met with delight from the NYC folks who always love a good one-up. She immediately got down to business and we were treated to an hour of absolute gems. As a touring artist from across the waters it was obvious she was taken aback at the acknowledgment for the songs as they got into them. The crowd were up to speed and clearly had been delving deep into Kate’s music. Songs such as “Bulletproof,” “Easy On The Thieves,” and “Moonshine Freeze” from the album of the same name, were pure gold to hear live, and, looking around the room watching fans mouth along to the lyrics was beautiful. Another gem came from her 2015 EP Rusty And Got Dusty; “Magic Spell” shows off the beauty of what Kate can do so effortlessly. A beautiful foot tapper with some wonderful melodic rolls and a progressive guitar riff that keeps the momentum in full flow. A magic spell indeed.
This is the Kit were drawing a close to their tour with just two more dates before heading back home. Kate explained that she was having some difficulty on this stint with her accent and often being misunderstood. A quick discussion about The Black Adder was had, (who played who etc) and the comment that stood out was “The Black Adder sounds like us on tour in Elizabethan time.” This drew a huge response from the room which takes the edge off any nerves for sure.
This is the Kit are gearing up for another European tour in the upcoming few weeks. They will be back in US on the west coast in late November, followed by some east coast dates before heading north to Canada. They can be found across all social media platforms or on their website.
A special mention to the Jeremy Corbyn t-shirt that hangs proudly on the front of Kate’s amp night after night.
Article: Anthony Mulcahy