Coming from nu-folk roots with their very own combination of blues and rock, four-piece Kill It Kid explode back onto the music scene with new album You Owe Nothing and boy, has it been worth the wait.
Album opener ‘Black It Out’ delivers perfectly the raw passion and power you want from a rock n’ blues band. Lead singer Chris Turpin’s voice pools beautifully with the heavy drum and guitar work, with each member’s instrument seemingly highlighted in the song. This collective, mutual effort to accentuate each other’s performance is a theme that continues throughout the album; ‘High Class’ is driven by the heavy, thumping beat of drummer Marc Jones just as much as ‘Blood Stop And Run’ is by the voice of back-up vocalist and keyboard player Stephanie Ward.
2011 album Feet Fall Heavy garnered both praise and detracting comments from critics who felt they relied a little too heavily on their musical influences. Whilst a strong reliance on influences such as Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash hasn’t changed, this album really feels like Kill It Kid has grown into its own. The influence of Jack White is still strong; however, the male/female vocals and harmonics of Turpin and Ward take on the influences of The White Stripes and really run with them in this album. The chanting, mantra-like chorus of ‘I’ll Be The First’ is both a key example of how male/female harmonics can transform a song and reminiscent of the past single ‘Run’, a song that gained acclaim from being featured in a 2013 Samsung commercial. Kill It Kid also showcase a softer side in their work with slow rock song ‘Caroline’, and more-folky ‘Law of Love’. Lyrically strong and musically tight, Turpin and Ward’s blend of vocals are once again personal highlights.
Overall, the album is definitely one we’d suggest giving a listen to. The Bath-based group have grown into their shoes since hitting the scene in 2009, and You Owe Nothing adds more without taking away what made them who they are. Without a shadow of a doubt the best from Kill It Kid so far. With a promise on their Facebook page that they are ‘planning some exciting things for early next year’, it’s definitely in your interest to keep a close eye on them.