Tuesday, 8 May 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Kick To Kill


Kick To Kill are a four piece from Glasgow, who are full of intent and have delivered two knock out tracks so far, 'Black Kisses' dropped late last year and 'Avalanche' followed this month.  They have definitely been paying attention to The Twilight Sad, as their sound isn't too far away from Kilsyth's finest.  Dark and addictive post-punk is the order of the day.

Hello, how are you?

Dave: Yeah pretty good.
Harris: Grand
Ewen: Nearly the weekend!

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

Dave: Our influences range from Velvet Underground to Nine Inch Nails.  Our music is quite hard, dark pop.
Harris: There are a few obvious influences like Joy Division and Jesus And Mary Chain, but we have always felt strongly about not immitating other bands and styles.  Influences range across all genres but we hope we are harder to categorise.

What's your song writing process like?

Dave: We write in rehearsals & normally start with a bass riff or drum beat then we keep adding to it and altering it to suit, then I do the vocals last.  Quite back to front I know.
Harris: Pretty straight forward.  We tend to all be on the same wavelength so songs and ideas tend to come together pretty quickly.  We will usually find a hook or section to work around and play about with it until we are happy.
Ewen: Interesting, the finished product rarely sounds like the idea or riff we started with so it involves a lot of feedback and refining between the group.  However, we do seem to manage it relatively quickly.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Dave: 25 minutes of noise
Ewen: A grinding, thumping, melodic, sinister, catchy, purple, yellow and blue refined sound.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

Dave: Writing our last batch of songs.
Harris: We have played some great gigs.  The Damned was very memorable.  The album is something we are all very excited about, perhaps our greatest achievement will be when it’s finally released!
Ewen: Kissing Dave on the lips.

What have you got planned for 2012?

Harris: Our single is out shortly and the album will be out by the turn of the year.  We should be playing all over to promote it.  Look out!

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'scene'? 

Dave: A lot of really good bands come from Scotland and clearly we can produce good music.
Harris: I think Scotland has a strong music scene.  But this can be split into different groups.  The music we play doesn’t fit everywhere but there is lots of support for bands in Glasgow and venues are usually pretty busy.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

Dave: Twilight Sad, Mogwai - I'm sure everyone has heard of them before but they are definitely two of the best at the moment.
Harris: I’m sure you would know them all.  Mummy Short Arms are super (label plug).

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

Ewen: David Cameron.

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