kick the plug

Kick The Plug May 6th 2009 w/ Stornoway + Rue Royale + This Is The Kit


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Kick the Plug once again makes the monthly visit to Clerkenwell’s Wilmington Arms. This time around we present epic folk from Oxford-based Stornoway, with support from Rue Royale and a solo set from Sunday Best favourite This Is The Kit.
Expect musical brilliance, with culinary treats and badges aplenty, and musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

The band consists of an Ornithologist, an occasional Russian translator, a South African Pirate Captain, a human radio and a kitchen sink. They were first united in a snow-encrusted garage in Oxford and have since attracted the attention of Dr & Mrs Killjoy the neighbours and their android children. None of the band have ever been to Stornoway. But Brian once got to within 37 miles of it.

‘Officially the brainiest group ever, Stornoway’s big music worked a treat.’

‘Stornoway have such a masterful control of melody, texture and dynamics that their live show is fantastically, continuously entertaining’

‘This is perfect…I think you’re gonna love this’
COLIN MURRAY playing Stornoway on BBC RADIO 1

‘Cerebral, jaunty and at the same time powerful and wistful…they have everything and they do it all superbly.’

‘Stornoway conjour up the innocent coziness of early Belle and Sebastian…Indie pop fans will melt in the brains.’

Named after a highway running through the Chicago suburbs, Rue Royale’s musical journey has taken in a lot of sights in just two years.

In March 2008 Ruth and Brookln Dekker made the full-time touring band plunge, moving out of their house, in with some friends and selling all their belongings… save for a kick drum, shakers, guitar and a sat nav named Shelley. Straight in at the deep end, a 20-date European tour led to coverage on XFM (topping their weekly “Music Response” ballot) and BBC Six Music (“Introducing with Tom Robinson”) and boasted sold out concerts in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Rue Royale developed from Ruth and Brookln’s over-the-pond relationship. Influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Sufjan Stevens, Zero 7 and the northern UK soul of Elbow and The Doves, they began writing together and gradually developed the candle-lit Rue Royale sound, honed through acoustic gigs and home-recorded demos.

Brookln grew up in St Louis, to church-music leading parents. He played the coffee-house circuit with God’s Green Earth before moving to Chicago in 1998. Ruth was raised in Midlands county Staffordshire in the UK, a stone’s throw from the historic city of Lichfield with it’s 1,300-year-old cathedral. Teenage years sound-tracked by 90’s Brit-pop and folk-rock, she met Brookln when touring Stateside. They wed in England five years ago and settled in Chicago soon after.

Brookln and Ruth started performing together in March 2006, and have since gigged extensively, clocked up hours of radio play across the US, had one of their tunes on MTV and amassed over 100,000 plays on myspace.

A lovingly illustrated EP, The Search For Where To Go (May 2006), was the first fruit with copies dispatched to intrigued music fans throughout the US, Canada, England, Germany and France.

Rue Royale unveiled their debut long-player at the start of 2008 – following a year that saw them firmly establish themselves on the musical map. The eponymous Rue Royale was recorded in December 2007 and independently released in February.

Not content with playing in all corners of Europe – ranging from the historic Sturmglocke squat site in Hanover to an intimate house show in rural Yorkshire – Rue Royale will leave their Chicago base to set up home in the UK this summer. Their plans for EU domination continue with another intensive tour of the European mainland this summer.

A not to be missed solo show from the spine tingling voice of Kate Stabels, “This is the Kit”,  who first grabbed our attention with her “Two wooden spoons” 7″ on Sunday Best. On tour in the UK in April and May, here to promote both her album “krulle Bol” and spilt 7″ with Soy un Caballo, so catch her while you can!

‘This is the Kit is Kate Stables, a lady in possession of a voice as pure and shiver-inducing as the morning dew. Her album, Krulle Bol, features simple songs in which said voice takes centre stage, with just a few simple plucks of the guitar as accompaniment. Kate’s lyrics are mostly pretty down to earth, but with Birchwood Beaker she starts to sound more pagan and witch-like, singing about snow, migrating geese and Odin… Originally from Winchester, and now settled in Paris via Bristol, This is the Kit is a favourite of Rob Da Bank.’ – subba-cultcha