Review by Jo Lloyd and photos by Mark Lloyd
From their beginnings as a university project, Kill It Kid have come far in their relatively short time on the scene.
Opening up for them on Friday night was John J Presley. He is without doubt a man of few words, but what he lacks in conversation, he makes up for in captivating the Wolverhampton crowd. Presley is a modern day Tom Waits with the song writing genius of Nick Cave. With a set sounding almost like the perfect film noir soundtrack, his band rattled through some incredibly moving songs. Lady Perry on organ and Tom Glendenning on drums aid Presley in his simple, enchanting approach so it’s easy to see why they were named as a highlight of last year’s Reading and Leeds festival in the Times.
With a simple backdrop of a black curtain adorning the back of the Slade Rooms Stage with “Kill It Kid” spelled out in what looked like silver electrical tape, the Bath foursome took to the stage. The setting gave the impression of a relaxed, stripped back evening and that’s exactly what we were treated to. Stunningly beautiful vocals, raw guitars and an enchanting bluesy rock vibe made for an enjoyably chilled evening, however somewhat distant from my usual musical choice. Usually bundled into the new folk revival, KIK meander effortlessly across several genres clearly appealing to an eclectic mix of fans.
The band are tight on stage and they have the look, the attitude and the songs to really stand out against todays competition. They have immense power in the vocal harmonies and the band have a really good chemistry on stage which, in turn, stretches out into the crowd who are completely swept up in the moment.
Favourites for me were of course ‘Caroline’ which soars on its massive chorus, as well as the hauntingly beautiful ‘It Hurts to be Loved by You’.
Ending their set with ‘I’ll Be the First’, they soon returned to the stage for their encore of ‘Law of Love’ with a stunning duet between Stephanie Ward and Chris Turpin. Although they draw the odd comparison to bands like The White Stripes, there is most certainly a lot more substance here and although their inspiration seems to come from past times, their time is most certainly right now.