Kath and The Kicks
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Kath Edmonds, singer / songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds, operates as a solo artist and fronts ‘The Kicks’ for live performances. As a writer, performer and committed artist working across the North of England, Kath has been established on the Leeds/Bradford music scene for over 15 years: 'A menace, a power house; the band continue to poke at the attention of listeners across the North and beyond.'
They have sent shockwaves through radio broadcasts from Rick Witter’s (Shed Seven) show on Minster FM featuring ‘All My Time’ as track of the week, BBC Introducing airplay of ‘The Lethal Parrot’ and TV broadcasts on the Made In TV network with ‘Alive and Gigging’ aired in major cities including Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol.
Kath & The Kicks ‘have an exhilarating stand out sound, which is strong, well composed with brilliant unconventional lyrics that add to the raw and fresh sound they have moulded for themselves, along with the spirit and attitude of grunge, punk rock and rockabilly.’ – Stencil Mag review of EP 20 Years of Screaming
‘Dirty, smack you in the face rock and roll from a band projecting true passion and searing melodies. Filthy garage rock meets Jack White, a blistering combination from this power trio.’ – Louder Than War
Kath & The Kicks have a highly polished blues/rattlesnake rock (a new genre?) sound to them that I really do find awe inspiring!’ – Way Out Radio on listening to NEPTUNE
NME: Tell us a bit about yourself?
We are Kath & The Kicks - a 3 piece female fronted rock band from Leeds who are collectively influenced by bands such as Skunk Anansie, PJ Harvey, Soundgarden, Rage Against The Machine, Siouxsie and The Banshees and Deap Vally . Our tunes are mostly written about social observations and past experiences that relate to our listeners by tapping into basic human emotions like anger, love, rage, deceit, euphoria and power.
NME: There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
We represent a wave of female fronted rock music that allows us to use our stage as a platform to speak to the masses, singer to listener. People are always going through stuff, we make songs that get under your skin, into your minds and create something positive from all the noise and distraction in life. Our songs resonate with our listeners and mean something lasting and timeless. Expect to feel empowered after a Kath & The Kicks gig.
NME: What’s your back-story?
A lot of our songs reflect back to past relationships, both personal and professional. Moments captured in time wrapped in clever guitar riffs, dark bass lines and power drum beats. Think about when you've felt the angriest you've ever felt, we will have a song about it.
NME: What are you working on at the moment?
We are in a place now where we are creatively at the peak of what we want our sound to be and the songs flow much easier. We are exploring different sounds on the guitar and heading towards our debut album which will encompass everything we have gone through together as a band and be a direct reflection of Kath's life experiences.
NME: What's the first song you remember hearing?
A nursery rhyme.
NME: You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
It's more like go to the bar, this is awful.
NME: What was the first gig you went to?
Kath - Skunk Anansie 1998, Leeds Town & Country Club. Phenomenal.
NME: Which song do you wish you'd written?
'I Love Rock n Roll' - Joan Jett
NME: Which song changed your life?
'Weak' - Skunk Anansie. It's not my favourite song but it introduced me to what was going to be the most influential band of my life.
NME: Which song would you like played at your funeral?
'Catch The Storm' - Kath & The Kicks
NME: What song is stuck in your head right now?
Our new song that I'm writing - 'Let It Out'
NME: What was the first Album you bought?
Skunk Anansie - 'Paranoid and Sunburnt'
NME: Which song made you want to play music?
I've always played music, there isn't one song. More my family than a song.