The Brother Kite

The Brother Kite

 Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The Brother Kite is a band from Providence, Rhode Island. They have released 3 CDLPs for Clairecords, performed at SXSW twice and their last LP was mixed by Thom Monahan. They have also self-released a new 7" record out and an EP in the can ready for distribution.


The Brother Kite began crafting their shoegaze-inflected rock sound in 2001. They released their first full length album on Clairecords, thebrotherkite (2004), a self-titled and self-recorded serving of layered guitars and buoyant melodies. Their ambitious debut earned them nationwide attention from critics and music fans alike. The band then constructed their Beaten Path studio in Mason, New Hampshire and recorded their second LP for Clairecords, Waiting For The Time To Be Right (2006). With Waiting…, the band dialed back the "shoegaze" element of their first album, and explored Brian Wilson-esque harmonies and refined classic pop structures. The album greatly widened their fan base, garnered a bevy of critical acclaim, and was considered by many to be one of the finest records that year.

The Brother Kite returned in the spring of 2008 to Beaten Path in Mason and set to work on what would ultimately become their third full-length record, Isolation. Initially challenged with finding material that was suitably different in scope than Waiting... yet familiar enough to please their fans, they began deconstructing their signature dense wall-of-sound into contrasting textures, while adding new instrumentation in the form of synthesizers and sparse drum machine tracks. After a year of recording, they enlisted engineer/producer (and self-professed huge TBK fan) Thom Monahan (Pernice Bros, The Broken West, Matt Pond PA, J. Mascis and The Fog) to mix the album at The Hangar in Sacramento, CA.

What results is an album that, while recorded in a similar fashion to its predecessor, could not be more different. Where Waiting For The Time To Be Right was built on thick layers of Wurlitzer organ and droning guitars, warmly undercut by silky vocal harmonies sometimes heard, other times only hinted at, Isolation strips The Brother Kite’s sound down into individual elements, allowing each reverberated guitar pluck, tambourine clash and warbling synth line to stand on its own. Throughout Isolation, TBK blends various elements ranging from atmospheric power-pop, to experimental synth rock, extending well beyond the band’s earlier Beach Boys meets My Bloody Valentine leanings. It is surely one of the year’s most ambitious rock records, and one that deserves all the attention that The Brother Kite has so lovingly put into creating it.


The Misery Walk
Split 7" with Vaguely Starshaped
2003 - The Losing Blueprint

Full-Length CD
2004 - Clairecords

Waiting For The Time To Be Right
Full-Length CD / Vinyl Record
2006 - Clairecords

Half Century [Single Track]
Warm & Scratchy Compilation
2007 - Cartoon Network

The Moonlit Race
2007 - Clairecords

We Can Never Be Friends
Split 7" with Plumerai
2008 - Darushka-4

Full Length CD
2010 - Clairecords

Eye To Eye
[Expected Release late 2010 / early 2011 - Clairecords]

Aching Heart / Clear Conscience
7" Record
2010 - Light Fighter Records

Set List

Set list varies depending on the show. Usual set lengths are 30min, 45min & 60min. Longer sets possible upon advance request.