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Kid sure to light up your life.

Byline: Andrew Pain

ONE of the most exciting bands to emerge last year, KILL IT KID will be heading to Middlesbrough for a one-off show tonight.

Pictured right, the band have spent much of 2010 on the road and are an assured and powerful live proposition.

The group formed at Bath Spa University and draw similarities to The Coral, Mumford And Sons and The Raconteurs with recognisable hints of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Zeppelin, but the deal is ultimately sealed on the strength of the songwriting throughout their debut release.

Strings and slide guitar give their sound an ambitiously fresh feel, touching on delta blues, roots and foot-down, pedal to the metal, unapologetic rock'n'roll.

The release presents an impassioned, adventurous slant on blues and dark pop through powerful songs, gorgeous two-part vocals and a penchant for down-home storytelling.

Their music is so assured that you would probably never guess from the group's eponymous debut album that its members are all hovering around the 21 mark.

Kill It Kid's critical reputation grew through the course of 2009 as the likes of Jonathan Ross, Dermot O'Leary and Radcliffe & Maconie gave their support to the band.

In October, the band's Heaven Never Seemed So Close single pipped The Big Pink in the vote, winning Steve Lamacq's Roundtable show and the band finished in the final 10 of XFM's New Music Award in the company of Florence And The Machine and The XX.

Fronted by singers Chris Turpin and Stephanie Ward, the lyrical intimacy of the songs is rendered all the more powerful by the interplay between the pair -Turpin's distinctive voice seemingly arriving from another time and place, while Ward's softer, huskier tones make for the perfect foil.

Support for the evening will come from hotly tipped Teesside band CATTLE & CANE, who will be previewing songs ahead of their appearance at T In The Park.

Also on the bill are THE WINTER HILL TRANSMISSION and COLD PISTOLS.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2010
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