The Kits

The Kits

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London based, The Kits have earned a rep for intense live shows. After 2 years of playing in Australia they decided to subject their unique slant on Garage Rock to the cruicible of the UK's club curcit. "Its the real deal people" Dave Taylor Artrocker Mag. 'Primitive Tales' is on Dirty Water Records

Biography

Recent Activity.

Currently hard at work rehearsing material for their orthcomming second album The Kits are due back on the road for extensive dates through France, Spain and Portugal in October.

The first single of the new album is due around this time with the band hoping to finish 2009 off with a few dates in the UK.

Early 2010 should see them returning to Australia where enthusiastic media reaction to The Kits album ‘Primitive Tales’ during the bands Australian Jan / Feb Promo Tour saw venues selling well.

' A sound that takes no prisoners ' - Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music.

"Absolutley One of the Ones to Watch" Nannette Rigg - London's City Showcase

The Back Story.

Formed by brothers Kit & Jay Atkinson - The Kits originally hail from Melbourne Australia.

After two years of playing the circuit in Melbourne the band developed a well earned reputation for intense live shows. As their sound developed they found themselves drawing an audience that responded to the Kits unique slant on the garage style.

2006 saw the band release their ‘This is your Lung’ ep. Four tracks that took the stomp and grit of the ’50s and ’60s and gave it the injection of eternal youth through relentless guitar hooks and snarling vocals.

.. ‘The Kits are one of Melbourne’s finest, and This Is Your Lung sees them living up to those wraps... At once raucous yet sublimely cultured in the band's grasp of song construction, and with a comprehension of rock that adds up to year’s worth of faded denim, beer stains and pained kidneys, This Is Your Lung manages to perfectly encapsulate the sound of Melbourne.
-Jaymz Clements, Beat Magazine- Australia 2007

Their move to London in 2007 moulded The Kits sound in the crucible of the UK’s unforgiving club circuit.

Soon, live shows delivered blow after blow of driving material, showcasing new and now permanent members Marc Bonet from Spain and Michael Cleverly from New Zealand.

The Kits’ tales of crime, addiction and short-lived romances have resulted in a rapturous UK following and earned them supports with The Dirtbombs, Wolfmother, The Saints and The Nightmarchers. These slots plus regular shows at the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park, where the notoriously hard audiences have adopted the band as their own led to a deal with industry respected Dirty Water Records.

London based Aussie garage-rockers The Kits set the tone in style, the snarled delivery of their ragged ramalama harking back to the days when rock 'n' roll was considered a threat to the morals of the world's youth. There's nothing in their sound that suggests they've recently listened to a record made this decade, and that simply adds to their charm.
-Emma Johnston, Kerrang- UK 2008

2008 saw the release of The Kits CD ‘Primitive Tales’

Released on CD and Vinyl it was recorded in sessions at various London studios selected for their on board equipment or room acoustics. The albums opening track ‘ Primitive Tales’ and Australian A Side single ‘Get Closer’ were recorded at Gizzard Studios (with Ed Deegan – The Cribs, Cornershop). UK Single ‘Don’t want to lose this fight’ and ‘She’s the number one’ were taped at Liam Watson’s famous analogue workshop Toe Rag Studios (White Stripes, The Kills).

Make no mistake; The Kits are a rock'n'roll band. From the opening snare roll of the title track, Primitive Tales doesn't let up over the course of the 11 songs on offer. This is a robust collection of raucous barroom tunes, performed by a band confident with their delivery and clearly in love with what they're doing.
Symon JJ Rock – Inpress Magazine- Australia 2008

Preceded by a 7 inch release both the UK single and album have received critical acclaim and strong sales.

It's the real deal people. Not shiny or big budget, the two tracks on the single smack of authenticity, reminding of The Saints and The Chob. With a reputation for raucous live performances, it's no surprise that the band are drawing Black Lips comparisons too.
Dave Taylor Artrocker Magazine- UK 2008


Management.
The Kits are managed in all territories by Evil Genius Media ( EGM ). For Interview opportunities or approved for release images etc please contact Mark Muggeridge at EGM

Contact Details: Mark Muggeridge
e : larry@evilgeniusmedia.com
m : + 44 ( 0 ) 7792 66 11 36

Lyrics

A Dangerous Life

Written By: K. Atkinson

I was trying hard I was surely on my way
I was trying on all the fashions of the day
I was looking like a high class man in a suit
That I paid for with money from my loot

Hey Jenny, Jenny knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Kelly, Kelly knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life

I was running hot I was turning deeper red
When I came across a vision far ahead
I walked and s-s-stumbled to the track
And I put some money down and I got it back

Hey Jenny, Jenny knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Kelly, Kelly knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Shelley, Shelley knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Chelsea, Chelsea knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life

You can treat me like a dog til the day I die
But if you want to get rich then you shouldnt get high
If he can do it well but she can do it better
Then you do do do do do it together
Did you know Riff Random was Riff Randall’s son
And I wouldn’t be the guy if you wouldn’t be the one
I put this line in so I could say
Go!

Hey Jenny, Jenny knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Kelly, Kelly knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Shirley, Shirley knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life
Hey Chelsea, Chelsea knows
He’s the one who leads a dangerous life

City To City

Written By: K. Atkinson

I’m into movie scenes (he’s into movie scenes)
I’m into Doris Day (he’s into Doris Day)
I’m into gettin loose (we’re into getting loose), yeah

City to City Town to Town x 4

I’m into talking cheap (he’s into talking cheap)
I’m into closing doors (he’s into closing doors)
I’m into closing yours (we’re into closing yours), yeah

City to City Town to Town x 4

I’m into open air (he’s into open air)
I’m on an open road(he’s on an open road)
We’re in an alleyway (we’re in an alleyway), yeah

City to City Town to Town x 4

City to City Town to Town x 4

Last Will & Testament

Written By: K. Atkinson

Don’t cut me in, cut me out
There’s no telling what he’ll like
Use your lips, hips and thighs
There’s no telling wicked lies
Don’t bleed me dry
It’s the way and it’s the sound
Don’t bleed me dry
There’s no losing underground

It’s the way and it’s the sound
There’s no losing underground
It’s the way and it’s the sound
There’s no losing underground

Discography

EP, This Is Your Lung, released Australia, 2006 (Casa Tortuga Records)
EP, The Kits (Self Titled), released Australia, 2004 (Independent)
LP, Primitive Tales, Released September 2008 ( Dirty Water Records UK, Off the Hip Aust )

The following tracks from both EP's have featured on Australia's National Radio Station Triple J: "Dangerous Life", "City To City", "19/12", "Good Time"
"City to City" is featured on current Nautica Jeans Online ads. "Good Time" featured on Big Brother Australia 2006. All five tracks from "This Is Your Lung" were performed on Australia's #1 variety show, "Rove Live"

Set List

The Kits Current Club / Festival Set runs 30 to 40 mins depending on promoter requirements.

All origonal Material.

"A Dangerous Life"
"Hours"
"19/12"
"Rattle"
"Rules of Marriage"
"City To City"
"Automatic"
"Last Will & Testament"
"New Hope Rising"

Set typically lasts 45 minutes.