The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, Bashed Out is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner. Other supporters include Elbow frontman Guy Garvey – who argued her last record should have been Mercury Prize nominated – This Is The Kit has also been hand-picked to support the likes of The National (at London’s Alexandra Palace no less), Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzales and Alexi Murdoch – a who’s who of iconic folk-inflected songwriters.
Growing up in a green leafy town that is Winchester, England, multi-instrumentalist Kate learned from an early age that great art takes time. “The place I grew up is defined as a Roman Saxon medieval city, they started building the Winchester Cathedral a thousand years ago and have been working on it ever since” she explains.
This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010’s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.
“The main reason for doing what I do is the exchange with other people—musical exchange yes, and other exchanges too. A hello and a handshake and the constant opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of others. As far as I can work out, the only thing worth doing in life is meeting, helping and swapping stories and experiences and resources with other people. Doing, making, learning.”
To some, Bashed Out might mean broken. For This is the Kit, though, it is a statement of intent, how art happens, through happenstance meetings and accidental collisions and pushing through.
Bashed Out features performances from Aaron, his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) alongside her regular cast of collaborators (Rozi Plain et al).
Known for their shapeshifting line-ups – morphing from a duo to a psychdelia-tinged electric five piece – This Is The Kit have confirmed a new UK tour for November as well as a string of festival dates including Green Man and End of the Road.
UK live dates
20-23rd August – Green Man Festival, Powys, Wales
4-6th September – End of the Road Festival, Dorset
24th November – The Haunt, Brighton
25th November – Scala, London
26th Novemeber – Leaf on Bold Street, Liverpool
27th November – The Greystones, Sheffield
28th November – The Lantern, Bristol
29th November – The Railway Inn, Winchester