12 July 2012

MusicMafia introduces London band Kites


MusicMafia introduces London band Kites

Kites is a London band composed of guitarist (Jasper), a scholar of electronics (Richard), former percussionist of The Holloways (Edwin) and a foppish pop-poet with a penchant for silk (Matthew). Former drummer, Georgie Okell recently left the band to become the presenter of T4 on Channel 4 in the UK. In a recent interview, Kites’ front man Matthew, who brings an air of Wildean decadence to the band, described their sound as: “Melodramatic provocation for discontented dreamers”. His lyrics are obsessed over by fans and his interviews have become part of Kites’ myth and intrigue.

Kites began writing tightly constructed tracks in 2010 that successfully blended synthetic textures with more organic instrumentation, creating a sound that was bold, affecting and, ultimately, irresistible. Their intensely physical and energetic stage shows have won them fans internationally and garnered comparisons to New Order, Patrick Wolf and Talking Heads in the mainstream music press. They have supported numerous, high-profile artists in recent months including The Maccabees, Jarvis Cocker, Emmy The Great, King Charles, Man Like Me, Gary Numan, The Mystery Jets, Peter Hook, Erasure, Bloc Party and many others. 

Their last release, ‘Brother’ and new track 'This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery', have received rave reviews and extensive airplay from BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio, XFM, Absolute Radio and Q Radio . Enthusiastic support also came from the printed press including Q Magazine, Musicweek, i:D Magazine, Notion Magazine, Artrocker, and across the blogosphere; The 405, This Is Fake DIY, Breaking More Waves and so on. Q Magazine also chose 'Art Tastes Better Blind' as one of their best tracks of 2011 and an essential download in their January 2012 issue. Artrocker Magazine premiered the single’s video.

The band release 'This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery' in August 2012 on CD, 7" and digitally. The track is already approaching 10000 listens before it's release! 
The single also features B-side, 'History' and bonus track 'Art Tastes Better Blind'.
The band will be playing at various festivals nationwide this summer and are touring the UK and EU relentlessly for the rest of the year, including a 20 date headline, university tour in September with nationals sponsorship and advertising
Video teaser for This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery
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  1. Wow- a band that picked a name after our favorite outdoor activity--musically excellent cuz we checked them out as soon as we heard about them! They're awesome! On our ipod replay list for daily play as we practice our competitive kiting and we may even use one of their songs for a competition that's set to music--seems appropriate, don't you think? Thanks for the great article!