KID KAPICHI release their debut ‘Sugar Tax’ EP today, July 19th / New video for Radio 1 play-listed single ‘Death Dips’ / Frank Carter tour
Written by JayRock on 21st July 2019
KID KAPICHI release their brilliant debut ‘Sugar Tax’ EP
Watch the brand new video for single ‘Death Dips’
Band will be at this years Reading and Leeds Festival as well as Neighbourhood in Manchester and Live at Leeds
European tour supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes in November
One of the most exciting new UK Bands of the moment, Hastings 4 piece KID KAPICHI finally release their hugely anticipated debut ‘Sugar Tax’ EP today, Friday 19th July. The band have also launched a brand new video for the Radio 1 play-listed single ‘Death Dips’
Buy/Stream the ‘Sugar Tax’ EP
“Sugar Tax reflects on the reality of living in a forgotten generation, where nothing is sacred anymore. There’s a party going on, but you’re not invited. So work hard, eat avacados and pretend everything is great.”
Following on from their recent Radio 1 Annie Mac Maida Vale session, Radio 1 Jack Saunders ‘Single Of The Week’, John Kennedys Single Of The Week on Radio X and a Kerrang! Radio A-list, KID KAPICHI look set to further cement their HUGE radio and press support with ‘Death Dips’ (a John Kennedy Radio X session went out last night, July 19th).
It was in fact AT the Maida Vale session where they debuted their take on a Billie Eilish and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes mash up. This led to a personal invite from Frank himself, asking KID KAPICHI to play his birthday event at a secret location on 26th April. This was followed up with an invitation to support Frank and his band across Europe in November, which KID KAPICHI are now confirmed and announced on.
Hastings lads Kid Kapichi endeavour to create a sense of relief from modern struggles. Bassist Eddie Lewis comments “I would say although we all face these issues, we don’t necessarily want everything to come across as negative in our sound. Even though there’s a serious message behind the vocals in 2019, the songs is upbeat”. It’s this that makes Kid Kapichi such an exciting prospect – the music provides a sense of escapism from their honest social commentary. The nightmarish, dystopian elements in their music are accompanied by blistering riffs, contagious melodies and arena-sized choruses.
With deep roots in the Hastings music scene, the band cut their teeth at local legendary venue The Tubman and regular appearances at local showcase Fat Tuesday festival. They worked from the ground up to support Slaves and the likes of Skunk Anansie. “I don’t think we’d exist if it wasn’t for the hastings music scene”, says Jack, “It really is that good. The competition down here is so fierce that you have to constantly up your game. Plus the people of Hastings are so unique it gives you so much to write about. Hastings just gives you the freedom to really go for it and act in a totally uninhibited way on stage. The crazier the better”
The train tracks from KID KAPICHI’s journey are worn with pride throughout their sound, captured in Jack Wilson and Ben Beetham’s Hastings-native dual vocal, and their ability to create a sense of location with every song. There’s no better example than previous single Revolver, depicting a night out on the piss taking a turn for the worse with it’s sinister undertones but untouchably liberating melody. Somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy, Ben explains “A few weeks after we wrote Revolver on the exact road in Hastings that the song’s based on, Jack and I got jumped by a bunch of guys and got our heads kicked in – so at least we know there’s truth in what we write about in our tunes haha”
Live is where Kid Kapichi really shine, brimming with energy and euphoria and blurring the lines between Britpop and punk. Recent live highlights including support to Calva Louise, Rat Boy, Fat White Family, Gurr, Fizzy Blood, Queen Kwong and Pretty Vicious. “I feel each member of the band brings something to the table”, explains drummer George Macdonald, “I don’t feel like I’m at the back just playing the songs like other drummers might. We each get our spotlight. It’s great to smash them out playing in our heavy style whilst Jack and Ben’s vocal melodies create something catchy for people who might not be so into the heavy side of things. Our sound can be accessed by a wide range of music lovers”.
Live wise, KID KAPICHI will be at this years Reading and Leeds Festival in August, other festivals including Neighbourhood in Manchester and Live at Leeds, and playing a number of headline UK shows in October. The band will also be touring Europe in November supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. For ALL dates, see below:
All confirmed KID KAPICHI live dates:
Neverworld Festival – 2nd Aug
Radio X club night @ Victoria, London club night headline – 4th Aug
Reading & Leeds – August bank holiday weekend
Prince Albert, Brighton headline – 2nd Oct
Camden Assembly, London headline – 4th Oct (Sold out)
Tenement Trail, Glasgow – 12th Oct
Live at Leeds Ones to Watch – 26th Oct
Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester- 12th Oct
Jack Wilson – Vocals & Guitar
Ben Beetham – Vocals & Guitar
Eddie Lewis – Bass
George Macdonald – Drums