Kite

Kite

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Full bodied, rich, loud and long lasting. Powerfully expressive and good for you. Have some. Hard rock meets folk meets brain matter. Conceptual, moving, artistic and savory. Now with 25% more oompf.

Biography

KITE’s humble beginnings as a studio band in 1994 evolved into an ambitious touring act in the year 2000 and has since been offering up an intense, passionate and full bodied rock experience that critics have called “Awe inspiring!” Brian Tripplett, Eastern Washington University Review; “Powerfully expressive. Positively riveting.” John Collinge, Progression Magazine; and “North Idaho’s finest original rock band,” Patrick Jacobs, Orange Television / Spokesman Review. KITE has played major headlining stages with Smashmouth and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, main stage festivals from Seattle to San Diego as well as small clubs and theaters.

When Monte Thompson (vocals and acoustic guitar), Michael Koep (drums), Mark Rakes (bass guitar) and Scott Clarkson (guitar) released their first album (Gravity, 1997), it sparked a ten-plus year history of writing, performing and enduring craftsmanship. KITE has built a reputation for the care they put into their records and the concentrated force of their performances. KITE songs are in every way unique, urgent, important and substance driven. Like their fans, KITE endeavors for themes and melodies that inspire and move. And for their fans, they deliver.

The band released its latest offering Sleeping In Thunder in November of 2006. --Biography by Robert Ferris, 2006.

Lyrics

Fire Escape

Written By: Michael Koep-- KITE

Fire Escape

All this time it has hung on the side
Rusted metal stairs,
Pull down latch ladders
The steel bolts and bars
Just in case the place goes up in flames.

I sometimes stand outside looking in
Pretending tongues of fire
Lick the window frame
Like a ravenous maw
Just in case the place goes up in flames.

Like a lifeline
Like a bottle of wine
Like a holy shrine
If it all goes down
I’ve got a way out.

Like a handful of pills
Like the walls we build
To obstruct our guilt
If it all goes down
I’ve got a way out.

I wonder if I’d go back in
To save the picture box.
Fight through the smoke
For the words I wrote
Just in case the place goes up in flames.

From out on the metal grate landing
I imagine my life devoured
The life I’d made just so.
But I’m outside safe.
Just in case the place goes up in flames.

Through the window I can see
The snapshot of my life,
A bursting bubble of black plastic
I trace my steps back in
And wait for the fire to start.

mbk, 2006

Steer By The Stars

Written By: Michael Koep

Steer By The Stars

I don't belong here-
It seems all wrong here-
In this bar with all the beer
The ladies— too lovely,
I feel like I'm lost at sea.

I don't belong here-
I'd be better off at home
With my nose in a book
With a dazed and thoughtful look
Always staring out the window.
But when I see her dancing
Swirling like the stars
Above my head--
She sends everything that I think
Down like sailing ships sink
I think I'll steer by the stars.
I don't belong here
At least that's what I feel.
I guess I've been thinking too much
Of what has passed, or passing, or to come
Nobody here likes a thinker
Can't do the jig if the words are too big.
I don't know how to move like that
So I'll stay right where I'm at-
And keep a grip on my note pad
So that if I'm feeling bad
I'll write the red and blue flash
That sweats across her frame
It'll make her want to change her name.
To mine.
I should just let go
Bust out the oars and row
Get high - get free
Be Hamlet with a boom box
Singin' Let It Be.
And now I see her dancing
Swirling like the stars
Above my head
She makes everything that I think
Sailing ships that can't sink
I think I'll steer by the stars.

Incineration

Written By: Michael Koep

Incineration

What you miss in me,
before this biting of nails,
And the half moons of ash below my eyes:

is incineration.

The place where flesh and flame
Embrace like the sun and sea,
And resistance to her wanting fails:

is incineration.

The howling cry at moonrise
Reveals the delicious shame,
The priestly tone of all that’s holy:

is incineration.

I hear the nightingales
Ecstasy’s song of lies,
I hold my ears and try to tame:

incineration.

Which way shall I turn me?
To ashes or to the skies?
I’m the bird that burns
Regeneration
Resurrection
Incineration.


The gentle Hyde in me
Hid away the Jeykll ale,
The fire red potion of my demise:

incineration.

Dorian’s picture is to blame
Or Gollum’s whispered screams,
Where Smeagol and I will end our tale:

incineration.
And begin again.

Sleeping In Thunder

Written By: Michael Koep

Sleeping In Thunder

I move to the mirror
And scream at the face-
And break.

Can’t live like spring
No more.
It’s past me by.
Can’t wear this ring
No more.
Never meant to lie.
I see the truth
Once more.
I’ve uncovered eyes.
Can’t live with you
No more.
When one half decides
The other half dies
And so I
Split in two
I’ve come between us.
I’ll make up
Tomorrow
What I am today
I’ll be sleeping
In thunder
If I stay.
I’ll never dream
Again
If I compromise.
We all have two
Inside
When one half denies
The other will rise.
And so I
Split in two
I’ve come between us.

I move to the mirror
And scream at the face-
And break.

Discography

Kite- Gravity, 1997
Kite- In Memory of the Sketch (Live), 2002
Kite- Lost All Age-Drafts, 2004
Kite- Live at the Playground (DVD) 2005
Kite- Sleeping In Thunder 2006

PAST DATES:
Dec, 31 The Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl New Year’s Main Stage- Phoenix, NV
Feb 2nd, Mootsy’s, Spokane, WA
Feb 9th, Capone’s, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Feb 21st, Evergreen State College Auditorium, Olympia, WA
Mar 22nd, Cotton Club, Hayden, ID
Mar 28th, Bayou Brewing Co., Spokane, WA
Mar 29th, Capone’s, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Apr 12th, Mootsy’s, Spokane, WA
May 10th, Moontime Pub, Coeur d’Alene, ID
May 23rd, The Shop, Spokane, WA
May 30th, The Firehouse, Seattle, WA
June 5th, Mt Tabor Theater, Portland, OR
June 6th, River City Saloon, Hood River, OR
June 11th, Blakes, Berkley, CA
June 21, The Filling Station, Bozeman, MT
June 27, J.T. Toad’s, Boise, ID
July 2nd, Novo’s, Tacoma, WA
July 4th, Summer Concert Festival, Downtown Coeur d’Alene, ID
July 13th, Blind Melon’s, Pacific Beach, CA
July, 15 The Big Easy Concert House- Spokane, WA
July 24th, Mootsy’s, Spokane, WA
Aug 3rd, Eichardt’s, Sandpoint, ID
Aug 17th, Marin Music Festival, Marin, CA
Aug 21st, The Tiki, San Diego, CA
Aug 22nd, Blind Melon’s, Pacific Beach, CA
Aug 28th, The Gig, Hollywood, CA
Aug 30th, The Arnada, Vancouver, WA
Aug 31st, Lakey’s, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Sept 7th, Mangy Moose, Jackson Hole, WY
Sept 20th, Novo’s, Tacoma, WA
Oct 23rd, The B-Side, Spokane, WA
Nov 1st, Mootsy’s, Spokane, WA
Nov 3rd, Ichabod’s North, Spokane, WA
Nov 10th, Eichardt’s, Sandpoint, ID
Dec 8th, Mootsy’s, Spokane, WA
Dec 12th, The Met Theater, Spokane, WA
Dec 23rd, Ichabod’s North, Spokane, WA
May 24th, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA
July 24th, Mootsy’s, Spokane, WA
Aug 28th, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Sept 24th, The Big Dipper, Spokane, WA
Sept 24th, The Cat Club (on campus) Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Sept 30th, The Gig, Hollywood, CA
Aug, Seattle Hemp Fest, Seattle, WA

Set List

Depending upon venue, billing order etc.

KITE prefers to play a full show consisting of two, one hour sets with a 15 minute break. The show includes video media.

KITE also has a condensed version of their show ranging from 40 to 60 minutes.