I think my father lives in this blissful ignorance of just about everything technological that’s been invented since the early 1970’s. He can’t tune may parents digital radio, so just has it constantly on the station he likes to listen to (BBC Radio Leicester), has to have my mother switch channels on the television, has never sent me an email (I oversaw his email account briefly, until I ended up just mailing his contacts and telling them to just ring him), and has only ever sent me a very abrupt and almost undecipherable text message once.
Although Kettering’s temples are very much of the now, they too look back to that, more simple (technologically anyway) time. After their promising debut single Shelter Song, which came out last September, the band evolved further with Colours to Life which came out in June, and their new record Keep in the dark / Jewel of mine eye, comes out on Monday 7th October on the ever brilliant Heavenly Recordings.
Keep in the dark shows the band in all their psych-indie glory, but the song is almost quintessentially English with this sort of pseudo-Kinks style about it, but dipped in this glam T-Rex sort of musical bowl, and sprinkled with echo, this buzzy guitar and some Sitar (I think). Accompanying it is this retro video that cuts away and has a definite Psych influence. What it makes for is something that’s living here and now, but living like it’s the early 1970’s. But damn it, they’re having a good time about it.
If it was as good as this back then before all that technology, then I’m beginning to understand why my father’s such a contented man.
Off the back of headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London and their appearance a swath of festivals over the Summer (they’re at Reading/Leeds this very weekend) the band have announced an extensive tour of the UK in the autumn. Details below.
Thursday 3rd – Boileroom,Guildford, UK
Friday 4th – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK
Saturday 5th – O2 Academy 2 Leicester, Leicester, UK
Tuesday 8th – Queens Social Club, Sheffield, UK
Wednesday 9th – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
Thursday 10th – Electric Circus, Edinburgh, UK
Friday 11th – The Brickyard, Carlisle, UK
Saturday 12th – Reds Bar, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Monday 14th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Tuesday 15th – The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
Wednesday 16th – The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, UK
Thursday 17th – The Duchess, York, UK
Thursday 17th – Sŵn Festival 2013, Cardiff, UK
Saturday 19th – Gathering 2013, Oxford, UK
Monday 21st – Komedia Brighton, Brighton, UK
Tuesday 22nd – Exeter Phoenix Exeter, UK
Wednesday 23rd – Thekla, Bristol, UK
Thursday 14th – Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Friday 15th – Electric Ballroom, London, UK