We chatted to local band KITE THIEF about their new single SWEEPSTAKE

The video dropped yesterday, and the single is now live across all platforms. We chatted to the band about all things music and more!

Tell us a bit about the band, where are you from and how did you all meet?

Originally, we are all dotted around the place, we actually all met at university in Bristol! We were each studying our respective instruments and through some of our classes we got to know each other quite well. There was a live showcase happening in Bristol and we really wanted to audition, so we ended up coming together for that. We auditioned with our version of Play, by Marmozets and we were picked to play the show! I’m pretty sure we all thought it would be one off thing… We’d do the show, have a good time, and continue with our individual lives. But something just felt right during that first performance. It all just seemed to click. In the end we thought, why not give this a go?

If you had to sum up each band member with one word, what would you say?

Let’s try and answer this without causing an argument…Haha!

Josh – Dad
Elin – Loud
Max – Josh
Henry – Moist
Zac – Big

You released today your latest single today, Sweepstake. What does this song mean to you, as a band?

As a band, this song represents a new era for us. It marks a solidifying of who we are and what we do. We have hit the ground running with Sweepstake, we’re coming for ya and we do not intend to stop anytime soon. 

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Pre-COVID we would be shouting YES YES YES OF COURSE. As you can imagine we have been somewhat halted recently. However, being forced to collaborate via zoomyzoom and other online platforms has unleashed more creativity than we realised we were capable of. We’ve developed our recording and techy knowledge, and with the help of the magical music production wizard that is Joe Marsh, you can hope to be hearing a lot from us this year.

Who produced this? Have you worked with them before? How was it working with them?

We mentioned him earlier, but his name is Joe Marsh and we came to hear of him via some friends in the local scene. We heard what he had done with our fellow Bristolian mates Superlove, and we were like WHO IS THIS GUY? We dropped him a message and it turns out he knew who we were too and he was super keen to work with us.

Working with him was honestly so fun and such a good learning experience. Joe isn’t just a producer, he doesn’t just record you and send you on your way, he’s a songwriter. He added melodic ideas, harmonies and other parts to Sweepstake that we didn’t even know we needed.

Are there any music videos planned?

You’re darn right there is. We didn’t spend 9 hours in -4 degrees for nothing! The video for Sweepstake is actually out right now! This video represents the dystopian, technological themes that the song encompasses. We worked with Cineoteric films (they directed, shot and edited the video) and they were amazing. They brought our concept to life!

How about any live shows, when it is safe to do so?

This is a tricky subject. We have been booked and asked to do a few shows and all have either fallen through or we decided not to go ahead for obvious safety reasons. As soon as the sun shines through the corona cloud you bet we’re gonna be out there. We really wanna make our first show back a spectacular show, till then, we’re saving up all that stage energy for you! Mostly from biscuits.

What are some of your favourite memories from playing shows in the past?

Last January, right before the world closed, we had the pleasure of supporting Vukovi in Cheltenham. Apart from the stress of Josh’s guitar breaking, that show was sick. The place was packed and the whole night was a party.

Also headlining a live showcase at the fleece was insane, people went OFF! Amazing crowd.

We’ve had some amazing experiences on our tours as well. However, there was one time in Nottingham we thought it would be a good idea to get Taco Bell right before the show. I’ma just advise to you that you never, ever do that.

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Also being from Bristol, what parts of the Bristol scene are you currently missing?

Getting harassed for ciggies outside the crofters rights was a regular occurrence for us, haha. But, in all seriousness, we miss how Bristol used to be so much. We miss the buzz, the culture, the music. It’s as if it’s been stripped down it’s bare bones, but it won’t last. The Bristol scene will be back to life one day, you can’t keep Bristol quiet for long!

Where can we find out more about you?

Head to our Instagram (@kitethiefuk) for your regular ludicrous and amusing updates. You can find us on Facebook (@kitethiefuk) and YouTube (@Kite Thief) as well!… P.s. we may or may not also have tik tok now #downwiththekidz

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Yes – our guitarists are indeed the same person. 

I have met with the band over zoom, and can confirm, they are the same person.

I would like to thank Elin and the band for taking the time to answer my questions and this is a band I really hope to be working with in the future.

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