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Kill It Kid Burst Its Banks [single] Kill It Kid [album]

Kill It Kid Strange band name, perhaps,
  but there is nothing strange about
  the self-titled debut album of the
  harmonious Kill It Kid, whose music
  has a definite established quality
  about it...”

STEPPING OUT WITH ALL THE CONFIDENCE of recognised talent, Kill It Kid has produced a self-titled debut album to be proud of, full of marvellous surges and beautiful harmonies. You just know you're going to like this from the off.

Fronted by Chris Turpin and Stephanie Ward, who are responsible for the gorgeous two-part vocal harmonies, Kill It Kid has already toured extensively with The National, Pete and the Pirates, Ipso Facto and The Virgins.

The summer was spent gearing up to the release of Kill It Kid, the taster single Burst Its Banks and shows throughout the summer and autumn that included Bristol, Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow. The autumn dates heralded a co-headline with Sparrow & The Workshop with shows at Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, Oxford and London.

Publicity literature hints that "the lyrical intimacy of the songs is rendered all the more powerful by the interplay between the pair" and indeed Chris Turpin's distinctive voice is somewhat otherwordly while Stephanie Ward is the perfect foil with her softer and huskier tones.

Backed up by strings, keys and slide guitar, the formula that combines to give a uniqueness to Kill It Kid is a blend of delta blues and roots that are used to striking effect. What we have here is a compendium of musical and vocal offerings described as "blistering, unapologetic rock 'n' roll", jazz-infused strands and dramatic film-noir ambience thrown in for good measure.

We particularly liked Private Idaho, given a lovely edge with Stephanie's pretty, gentle and melodic vocals; the 'shake, rattle and roll' feel of the upbeat My Lip's Won't Be Clean; Dirty Water which again gives Stephanie a chance to work her magic and Taste The Rain, which is a great track to go out on. The single from the album, Burst Its Banks, is a fabulous single using different styles that bind together with musical magic.

The band works hard to create a vocal and musical paradise with Kill It Kid and has already been compared to Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Zeppelin, as well as Gomez, Mumford & Sons and The Raconteurs.

A powerful songwriting pool, Kill It Kid has a maturity that belies its youth. The average age of the band members is only 21, but the input in both creation and performance that makes these exceptional youngsters stand out is a sense of life experience.

Having met at University, the seeds of the band were sown with vocalist Chris Turpin's solo gigs, at which he was occasionally joined by drummer Marc Jones and bassist Adam Timmins. Over time, the band expanded, establishing the current line up by February 2009. Following a tip-off, and, John Parish (PJ Harvey, The Eels) was put in touch with the band and his decision to record a four-track EP of songs with the band became their debut.

Both Burst Its Banks (the single) and (the album) are produced, mixed and recorded by Ryan Hadlock (Johnny Flynn, The Strokes, The Gossip). The album was recorded in Seattle, at the same studio Fleet Foxes laid down their debut.

The Kill It Kid line-up comprises: Richard Jones (violins/backing vocals); Adam Timmins (bass guitar/guitars); Stephanie Ward (vocals/piano); Marc Jones (drums/percussion) and Chris Turpin (vocals/guitars/harmonica).

Burst Its Banks was released on 3 August (2009) and the album Kill It Kid was released on 5 October (2009) on One Little Indian.


1 Heaven Never Seemed So Close | 2 Burst Its Banks | 3 Ivy And Oak | 4 Fool For Loving You | 5 Send Me An Angel Down | 6 Private Idaho | 7 My Lips Won't Be Kept Clean | 8 Troubles Of Loretta | 9 Dirty Water | 10 Bye Bye Bird | 11 Taste The Rain.

"Stepping out with all the confidence of recognised talent, Kill It Kid has produced a self-titled debut album to be proud of, full of marvellous surges and beautiful harmonies" Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Burst Its Banks is a fabulous single using different styles that bind together with musical magic" Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Their's is a vibrant blend of The White Stripes, barn dances and the Stephanne Grappelli-like fiddle-frenzy jazz/blues" Q Magazine

"Uncontrived, Kill It Kid are a brave, raw talent" BBC Introducing

"Thrillingly unaffected, delightful" Music Week

"Demands attention from the off… the strengtrh and depth of their songs belie their age" Clash Magazine

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