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This Is The Kit at Scala London

This Is The Kit played at Scala in London on Wednesday and with their tourbus passing so near to us we went on down to check them out. The Alt-Folk rock band, originally hailing from Winchester, is lead by Kate Stables and their current tour follows the recent release of their third album entitled "Bashed Out".

Scala was a tight squeeze for the band, who recently achieved critical acclaim from Guy Garvey who argued that their second album deserved a Mercury Prize nomination. Since Kate and the band released “Bashed Out”, the media have cottoned on to what all hail to be a very good thing and they have built a strong following in the alternative music scene.

This Is The Kit did certainly not disappoint at Scala, starting the set with Kate performing solo before building the energy steadily, with the rest of the musicians each bringing fresh soundscapes and colours to back up Kate’s alluring vocals and magnetic banjo riffs to lead into “Sometimes the Sea”. Kate’s vocals are supported by the DPA d:facto Vocal mic and FOH sound engineer Colin Pegum uses the d:vote 4099 Instrument mic on her banjo to add a more acoustic, natural feel to it in the mix, using a drum clip to fasten it to the banjo’s rim.

If you haven’t heard of This is the Kit before, it’s time you gave them a look and listen: www.thisisthekit.co.uk

Photography ~ Caleb Hill

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