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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Kitty, Daisy & Lewis [album]

Kitty, Daisy & LewisWould you expect modern London
  teenagers to admire 50s-style music
  enough to record a revival album of
  the era? Well they do and they have —
  siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis just love
  that sound...

PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ to a new generation, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis has meticulously blended an essence of Blues, Swing, Honky-Tonk, Country and Rock 'n' Roll to produce a well-timed, self-titled album that slots neatly into the resurgence of interest in the Fabulous Fifties.

In 2003, the now fifteen-year-old Kitty, eighteen-year-old Daisy and Lewis, 17, were together onstage for the first time at a country and rockabilly jam in a North London pub. Five years on, the family that is obsessed with the music, fashion and technology of the 50s has built a massive word-of-mouth audience through a number of well-received gigs and festival appearances.

And now Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, the album, is ready to be released on Rob da Bank's Sunday Best label, giving a well-deserved boost to the 50s Revival.

Most self-respecting young North London teen bands would doubtless be spending an inordinate amount of time filling their iPhones with remixes downloaded from blogs, rather than cutting their tunes onto 78s.

But Kitty, Daisy & Lewis is no ordinary band. Multi-instrumentalists, between them they play guitar, piano, banjo, lap steel guitar, harmonica, double bass, ukulele, trombone and accordion. The band's album has been recorded in glorious, utterly digital-free analogue by Lewis and his father Graeme in their Kentish Town home studio.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis belt out every track with the flavour of yesterday like there was no tomorrow, capturing the sounds of the 50s as if they had been living in America in the middle of the last century — they shake, rattle and roll with the gusto of Bill Haley.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Living, breathing and speaking passionately of the music they play, Lewis — when he's not recording with his sisters — DJs, collects and even cuts his own 78rpm records himself. It is this obsessive passion for the vintage music that inspires their performances and led to their compilation A to Z — Kitty, Daisy & Lewis — The Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll being named one of The Guardian's 2007 'Albums Of The Year — 5/5'.

The publicity machine says: "No dry exercise in musical luddism, their debut album swings with the passion, intensity and sheer exuberant joie de vivre that makes their live shows one of the UK gig circuit's greatest and most innocent pleasures.

"Recorded between school and college duties, the album is a mixture of the covers their dad used to sing to them when they were children, together with new material like the heart torn Buggin' Blues, written by Lewis and inspired by the late, great Otis Spann (Chess Records).

"The album leads with the new single Going Up The Country, a perfectly rounded summer holiday feel-good jam, full of harmonica solos, handclaps and lyrics about leaving the city smog for fairer country hills."

Going Up The Country is a favourite, full of life and energy; a song that takes you back to the best boogy-ing days of flat shoes, flirty swing skirts and jiving at the local Palais. You can imagine walking barefoot up a dirt track in the US, heading out towards the wide open spaces of the wild country. Buggin' Blues reminded me initially of early Elvis but turned into a Billie Holliday/Aretha Franklin-style sound.

The album incorporates terrific honky-tonk sounds and outstanding banjo strings and Hillbilly Music is delightful, offering the opportunity to exercise those strings to great effect. Swinging Hawaii and Honolulu Rock-A Roll-A take you back to that great island sound created by Elvis in Blue Hawaii. The band's version of Muddy Waters' I Got My Mojo Working is creditable.

Watch out for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis as the band tours the festival circuit showcasing their album. The 50s is back but it is given a sound that is as young and fresh as the three siblings behind the music. Dig out those jiving shoes…

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis' self-titled album will be released on 1 September (2008) on Sunday Best.

Tracklisting — 1 Going Up The Country | 2 Buggin' Blues | 3 Polly Put The Kettle On |
4 Honolulu Rock-A Roll-A | 5 I Got My Mojo Working | 6 Mean Son Of A Gun | 7 Hillbilly Music | 8 Mohair Sam | 9 Ooo Wee | 10 Swinging Hawaii

Check out, and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis' In The Studio video.

"Their musicianship would put several older groups to shame" — Independent on Sunday

"The sound of yesteryear, but also a band for the future" — NME

"Puttin' on the Ritz to a new generation, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis has meticulously blended an essence of Blues, Swing, Honky-Tonk, Country and Rock 'n' Roll to produce a well-timed, self-titled album that slots neatly into the resurgence of interest in the Fabulous Fifties" — MotorBar