This Is The Kit @ Whitley Bay Playhouse

Reviewer – Rosanne Cooper – 5th July 2018

This Is the Kit perform regularly in various configurations from duo to quintet with the core band consisting Kate Stables (vocals / guitar / banjo), Rozi Plain (bass / vocals) Neil Smith (guitar) Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums)

They released their fourth album called Moonshine Freeze in July 2017.The record was well received and chosen as the Rough Trade Album of The Month for July.

The band tour regularly and play festivals and support such acts as The National and Sharon Van Ettan.

Kate played a variety of songs and showcased how talented she is both as a banjo and guitar player and a vocalist. Her banjo playing is particularly impressive and gives her a unique sound. Her voice is both pure and strong and she conveys complex emotions such as anger, regret and reflection. This was particularly apparent in her rendition of the melodic Bullet Proof in which she states that “Bullet holes are rushing in, No use bailing , Bullet proof, They never loved you-You let too many bullets through” and the sultry vocals of Two Pence Piece. When she played her memorable title track Moonshine Freeze from her most recent album, the audience joined in enthusiastically and this added to the already vibrant and relaxed atmosphere.

Kate interacted well with the audience throughout and used her humour to connect with the crowd. She was relaxed and comfortable on stage and she clearly has a strong fan base. As the set progressed the audience began to dance in the aisles and cheer and clap loudly following each song. Kate expressed her joy at this reaction and clearly appreciated this enthusiastic response.

In the second half of the show she invited Street Band Live onto the stage. This really enhanced her performance and she clearly enjoyed playing with a large group of musicians. It was great to see Kate support and encourage a local band who were all extremely talented and usually perform ‘pop up’ gigs.

Overall this was a fantastic gig. Kate is clearly a hugely talented singer, musician and songwriter. She demonstrates genuine warmth and humour and listening to her express her emotions and experiences through her lyrics is both uplifting and relatable.

Thank you, Kate, for a wonderful night!

5 stars