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Kid British's accidental mash-up
Ska, pop, indie… try as you might, putting Kid British in a particular category is practically impossible – and the band say they that’s something they’re very proud of, even if it did come about by accident.
Speaking to Sam Walker on BBC Radio Manchester’s Introducing show, half of Kid British - James Mayer and Adio Marchant - said that their trademark sound was never something they planned.
"Because there’s four people who are writing it and are all involved, everyone’s bringing different things," Adio explained, "and that’s why it ends up as a general mash-up of ideas.
"We didn’t forcefully think ‘let’s try and do it like this’; it’s just what happened."
James agreed, saying that the band may be from Manchester but they aren’t indelibly linked to the usual Manchester sound.
"Our music doesn’t totally reflect where we’ve come from – some of it does, some of it doesn’t. Our tracks are how we’ve grown up individually – we don’t just want to be like ‘hey, you’re a Burnage guy’, it’s everyone’s individual path."
That individual path has led the band to a major deal and their biggest show to date – supporting The Courteeners at the Apollo.
James admitted that it was "scary, but good", while Adio said he’d been full of "good nerves" before going on stage.
Thankfully, the show went well and, according to Adio, the ever-enthusiastic Courteeners audience were very receptive to the Kid British sound.
"We got good feedback from the crowd – we weren’t expecting anything, we just thought let’s go on and do what we’re going to do, show people what we’re all about, and quite a lot of people enjoyed it."
Now, as Adio put it, the band are "itching" to get their album out – it should be hitting record shops in the spring of 2009.
Until then, those enthusiastic Courteeners fans, and everyone else who’s scrambling to get on board the Kid British bus, will have to make do with the band’s excellent debut, Elizabeth – as a starter, it’s about as fine as it gets. Hopefully the main course of the album will be just as good.
Elizabeth is out on Another Music = Another Kitchen on Monday 27 October.
Kid British play live across the country in October and November - check their website for details.
last updated: 14/10/2008 at 11:33