RED KITE – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…

Today it’s a band made up of people from other great new (and established) British underground bands. Daniel Fisher ex of The Cooper Temple Clause (whose vids I used to play a lot when I ran MTV2), Jim Dare from Minuteman (not to be confused with Minutemen) and who also plays with Brett Anderson (the Brett Anderson), plus VS fav Jo Collis and Nicholas Stevenson of Lucky Shivers plus Nick Willes (from Escape Plan, Minor Victories and Editors). Together they are Red Kite.

Red Kite have an excellent second album called “Racquet” (and yes it is).

They are a seething, spiky bundle of kinetic energy and they have impeccable taste in music. If you check out one new band this year, make it them. Like a teenage riot for millennials, that will definitely get you out of bed. Here’s another good reason why – their esoteric and effervescent song choices:

1. dEUS – Roses
I first read about dEUS in Vox magazine (Jesus, remember that…) about 20 years ago. I read an article that said they played their guitars with electric razors and figured I had to check them out. They’re from Belgium, they sound like a cross between Sonic Youth and Tom Waits and they make great films too. It was a close choice between this and another track called Instant Street, which has the greatest outro to any song ever.

2. Do Make Say Think – Frederica 
The greatest band of all time and the main reason we have two drummers in the band. They’re on Constellation records which is Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s label. They’re the Godspeed you can dance to.

3. Sonic Youth – Sunday 
Not their greatest album, but this is one of my favourite SY tracks. All quitars should sound like this, always. Magisterial. And McCauley Culkin is in the video.

4. St Vincent – Black Rainbow 
Annie Clark is in a league of her own right now when it comes to originality and inventiveness. This track also has an incredible outro which feels as though it could keep on building forever. And as if that wasn’t enough, she is a breathtaking guitarist to boot. I want all of her guitars.

5. Weezer – Tired Of Sex
The second greatest drum sound of all time, after “Milk It” by Nirvana. This whole album is positively feral, and it’s the greatest thing they’ve ever done. They set the bar so high with their first two perfect albums that I’ll forgive them the dross they seem to put out at the minute.

6. The Walkmen – On The Water 
“The Rat” is one of the greatest singles of all time, but this album (“You & Me”) is just incredible. They really hit on something late on as their last three albums are all fantastic. This track has some of the best whistling I’ve ever heard on an alternative rock track.

The Lucky 7th: Red Kite – and yet you miss the sea 
Our latest single. The video features a whole load of stock footage overlaid with some nonsensical google translate interpretations of the song lyrics which has left even the most Russian of viewers utterly discombobulated. A foolhardy endeavour.

purchase the album “Racquet” here…

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