Kill It Kid - Private Idaho
The band take their name from a command on a Blind Wille McTell recording, which gives some idea of the swampy delta blues the five-piece conjure up. So it’s kind of hard to believe that a band rooted in such a tradition could have been assembled among the imposing crescents and spas of Bath.
The band formed in the city after their studies (most of the band graduated in music at Bath Spa University) racking up dozens of gigs and support slots with the likes of The National (there is also a Q Sessions slot lined up for Monday, March 16). Theirs is a vibrant blend of The White Stripes, barn dances and the sort of Stefan Grapelli-like fiddle-frenzy jazz/blues which might have formed the musical interlude on Pebble Mill At One (ask your parents). Mind you, you would never have heard anything like the strange Antony Hegarty-like pitch of frontman Chris Turpin (you will find yourself checking that the track is running at the right speed) on daytime BBC1 in the 1970s.
Today’s track Private Idaho sees co-vocalist Stephanie Ward to the fore in a tender acoustic performance. The band’s first single proper, Send Me An Angel Down, will be released in May.
12:49 PM | 12/03/2009
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