Photo by Phillipe Lebruman
Laurie Gallardo and Kate Stables of This Is The Kit talk about touring with The National, celebrating our differences, and her latest album Off Off On.
Being enamored with the style of This Is The Kit, I often consider two things that attracted me to the music, though admittedly my main reference points tend to be Moonshine Freeze (2017) and Bashed Out (2015), the latter of which was recommended to me as a fan favorite.
First, there’s the poetry of the song arrangement, never stifled by any sort of typical song structure and moving with this lucid flow that falls in quite naturally, from each delicate tread to every voluminous swell, curiously shaped into a most refined tumult. Secondly, and what initially drew me in, is the actual poetry itself – the ballet of gorgeous language telling every story. Kit commandeer Kate Stables is a remarkable songwriter of immeasurable talent, with an extraordinary sensitivity to unspoken moods or emotions, those buried so deeply that eventually they have no choice but to rise back up and haunt, like so many ghosts.
And now, make way for the magic of This Is The Kit’s newest release, Off Off On (Rough Trade). Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kate about working with producer Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, Craig Finn), working on her own music while on tour as an ensemble performer with The National, and some convo about yours truly’s personal picks from the LP, “Started Again,” “Shinbone Soap” (“…knowing better but still sinking”), “This Is What You Did” and most apropos for reasons you’ll hear us get into, “No Such Thing” (“We all move at different speeds”).