This Is The Kit at The Harley, 27.11.15

Kate Stables’ hauntingly powerful and achingly beautiful band This Is The Kit return to Sheffield to play at The Harley on 27th November care of promoters Sam and Sofia. Support comes from exciting City Slang signed band Cristobal and the Sea.

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Kate might infuse her music with her down to earth humility and genuine wit but it hasn’t stopped the good and the great from pouring praise on This Is The Kit.

Supporters include Elbow’s Guy Garvey, along with Sharon Van Etten, Iron and Wine, Alexi Murdoch and Jose Gonzalez, and her new album ‘Bashed Out’ is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner. This is the Kit are currently receiving considerable 6 Music airtime and were recently featured along with PJ Harvey on BBC television’s Music Box.

Growing up in a green leafy town that is Winchester, England, multi-instrumentalist Kate learned from an early age that great art takes time. “The place I grew up is defined as a Roman Saxon medieval city, they started building the Winchester Cathedral a thousand years ago and have been working on it ever since” she explains.

This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010′s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.

“The main reason for doing what I do is the exchange with other people—musical exchange yes, and other exchanges too. A hello and a handshake and the constant opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of others. As far as I can work out, the only thing worth doing in life is meeting, helping and swapping stories and experiences and resources with other people. Doing, making, learning.”

To some, Bashed Out might mean broken. For This is the Kit, though, it is a statement of intent, how art happens, through happenstance meetings and accidental collisions and pushing through.

Bashed Out features performances from Aaron, his brother Bryce Dessner, Benjamin Lanz (Beirut), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) alongside her regular cast of collaborators (Rozi Plain et al).

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The Pretty Things free-entry show at The Harley

We’re very pleased to announce that rock & roll legends The Pretty Things will be playing a one-off, free-entry show at The Harley this September.

The show will tie in with a series of in-stores at independent record stores for the band and is being co-promoted by Sheffield’s own Record Collector, the longest-standing provider of new and used vinyl records in the city.

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52 years on, The Pretty Things – true survivors of the first wave of British R&B – remain firmly ensconced in independent music.

With a long-awaited new album released this summer to huge critical acclaim, and following their 51st Anniversary Box Set, the band has never been hotter.

In a career that has seen them release the first garage single, suffer the first rock & roll drugs bust, get themselves name-checked by Dylan, earn the first Rolling Stone Record of the Year of the 1970’s, create the first R&B riot, record the first ever Rock Opera, perform at the first Isle of Wight Festival and become the first act to be signed to Led Zeppelin’s label, The Pretty Things are still alive, kicking and carrying the torch.

With a touring schedule that has seen them play live from Bognor to Baghdad, the band is as relevant now as it was in 1963, when guitarist Dick Taylor left The Rolling Stones to start the band with singer Phil May.

Now, 52 years later, while The Stones are playing worldwide Enormodromes to the privileged, rich and famous; The Pretty Things are showing up in your local record store playing for free, for fun, and for you.

In an ever-changing music business, little remains constant, so to find some of the greatest, fundamental mainstays of the industry gathered together in the same place and time is a minor miracle.

So, let’s hear it for independent record stores, analogue vinyl records and The Pretty Things, ‘cos they’re all coming together for a series of intimate, ecstatic and wholly unique in-store shows, to celebrate 52 glorious years of Pretty Things music and the resilience of the iconic vinyl record and the surging lifeblood that independent record stores have provided since the inception of that little black disc.

These will be great, thunderous and joyous shows. See you there – and bring earplugs!

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Marianne Dissard & Nat Johnson at The Harley

We’re pleased to announce that Nat Johnson will be back at the Harley this November, joined by Tucson-based singer-songwriter Marianne Dissard.

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For fans of Brigitte Fontaine, Calexico and Nick Cave, Tucson chanteuse Marianne Dissard is the atypical American artist.
Born in France, she lived her entire musical life in the American West. Her first album, 2008 “L’Entredeux”, was composed and produced by Joey Burns of Calexico for whom she played on that band’s 1999 hit track, ‘Ballad of Cable Hogue’. Now splitting her time between Paris and Southern Italy, Marianne Dissard released a third album in 2014 on UK imprint Vacilando ’68. Recorded in Tucson, Arizona with members of Giant Sand, Mexxrissey, Willie Nelson’s band and Calexico, ‘The Cat. Not Me’ confirms Dissard’s ambition to bridge the dramatic sensibilities of French chanson with the rougher expanses of Mariachi-spiced desert Americana. Chanson américaine?

With her personal folk-pop and confessional country, Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Nat Johnson has been playing sell-out shows and gathering fans including Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Janice Long.

Advance tickets £5.00 from or in person with no booking fee from the venue
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Slug at The Harley

We are very happy to announce SLUG are playing at The Harley on Monday 26th October!

If you’re a BBC 6 Music listener you’ll be no stranger to SLUG.

Their debut single ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’ made it onto the playlist last October and Marc Riley (his ‘favourite band of the moment’) recently invited the band in for a session.

SLUG is Ian Black, a former member of the Field Music live band and a merrily disruptive influence on the North East music scene for more than a decade. For SLUG Ian sought the help of Peter and David Brewis of Field Music to help record the album at their Wearside studio with the brothers adding occasional drums, synths and percussion to Ian’s elaborate home-brewed constructions.

With SLUG, Ian appears to have consumed and spat out proggy Italian horror film soundtracks, Erik Satie, Zeppelin-esque knotty riffing, snippets of synth-heavy disco, post-punk’s more dub-centric excursions and even a smattering of Hall & Oates’ new wave blue-eyed soul.The band conists of the brothers Brewis (engineered and co-produced the album as well as adding extra textures), Andrew Lowther and Rhys Patterson.


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Summer Camp at The Harley

We are very excited to welcome Summer Camp back to The Harley this October.

‘Bad Love’, Summer Camp’s third album, is set in the same spooked domestic terrain in which they made their name back in 2009, but the perspectives have changed. “I think we got all of our teen angst out on Welcome To Condale,” says Elizabeth Sankey of the London duo’s 2011′s debut LP. “But this looks at how the cycles of those relationships repeat. The experiences you have as a teenager still happen to you, but as you grow up you’re better at dealing with them: the relationships you have with yourself, your family, your friends.”

So with ‘Bad Love’, they set about refining what they do best: those heart-racing heavily distorted guitars, battered synths that sparkle like dirty tinsel, the nostalgia triggered by a pastel sky. “We made a fairly conscious effort to try and avoid being so explicit about our influences on this one too,” says Elizabeth’s counterpart (and husband) Jeremy Warmsley. “We’ve wound up in a place where we have our own sound.”

On ‘Bad Love’ they tried to push that sound to its extremes: “‘Keep Up’ is the most oppressive thing we’ve ever done,” says Jeremy of the record’s rapidly intensifying, crashing closer where Elizabeth satirises the toxic social conventions of romantic game-playing and one-upmanship between friends. Meanwhile the softer ‘Run Away’ and ‘Horizon’ – a Jeremy-led pastoral shuffle recalling Nilsson or ‘Ram’-era McCartney- “they’re pretty broad,” he says. “We were figuring out what we do best and then doing that as much as possible.”

That also meant self-producing for the first time: Pulp’s Steve Mackey produced… ‘Condale’ and Smiths legend Stephen Street did ‘Summer Camp’, “which taught us a lot,” says Jeremy. “But self-producing means you get the most direct expression of what you’re trying to do. It’s not filtered through anyone else. That can lead to self-indulgence, which I hope we’ve avoided, but I do feel like this album is the purest expression of what we’re like since the ‘Young’ EP.”

Advance tickets £9.00 from or in person with no booking fee from the venue.

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