Kitty,Daisy & Lewis Hot Press Review

9 06 2011

Ok,first off-sorry for not posting as much as usual this past month.Work-wise it’s been insane and when I get through the deadlines I like to avoid the computer like the plague, but now (thankfully) it seems next week won’t be quite as crazy so I’ll have time to get my blog on a bit more regularly (oh and I’ll have the official announcement for the headliners of day one of Tennent’s Vital up here bright and early tomorrow, so if you’re into that kinda thing, come back here at 8am).

So yeah, expect reprintings of my work in Hot Press, Metal Hammer, the papers and all the rest as well as the usual bits and pieces about comics and other musings in the days ahead.

For now though, here’s my review of the Kitty, Daisy & Lewis record. It’s my album of the year so far so check it out.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Smoking In Heaven (Sunday Best)

Four and a half Stars

Key Track: ‘I’m Going Back’

Having already made all the right tongues wag in the music industry thanks to their self-titled debut, multi-instrumentalists Kitty, Daisy & Lewis aim to capitalise on the kudos with their second stab things, Smoking In Heaven. Recorded at home by their dad Graeme, the album incorporates surf guitar, blues, skiffle, rockabilly and swing influences to create a killer sound that is sure to make them (whisper it) the next big thing.

An immaculately produced record, the shimmy-inducing retro styles are effortlessly cool and tracks like ‘Will I Ever’ are ear-gasm inducing affairs. Calling to mind the days when R ‘N’ B meant sharp suits and even sharper song-writing instead the slimy and sleazy Usher-esque power ballads of the modern era, Smoking In Heaven sees the trio swap genres, instruments and vocal duties as regularly as a divorced couple would insults. The trumpet playing from ska legend Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton on tunes like ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘I’m So Sorry’ is sublime and the handclap heavy ‘I’m Going Back’ is a thrillingly raw and raunchy three minutes of rockabilly and a huge album highlight. While admittedly the old school Spartan production may not be to everyone’s tastes, it has to be said that this is one time warp that this reviewer wants to do again (and again, and again).

Edwin McFee