Friday, June 14, 2013

Music: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

The talented and musical Durham siblings: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

It's funny to think the photograph above of the British band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis was taken only a few years ago -- but it's fitting, as the trio's swingin' rockabilly sound seems of a different era.  And the siblings are serious about the authenticity of their sound -- they recently recorded a cover of "I've Been Everywhere" on a 16-track Ampex tape recorder for a commercial.

Said Lewis of their preference for vintage recording equipment:
"I can’t hear the musicality of a computer. When you record, even if it’s just a cassette machine, it just sounds like what you heard in the room, you know? It sounds flat and full and warm." (Source)

They credit their parents for influencing their musical inspiration and tastes, and their sound is a fusion of swing, R&B, blues, rockabilly and rock 'n roll, citing Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf as influences.  With their musical maturity and prowess (each sibling plays multiple instruments, from banjo to trombone) and rich knowledge of classic American rock 'n roll, it's easy to forget they are all in their early twenties -- though they have been performing since they were teenagers.  

They'll be playing a few festival dates next month in Europe.  In the meantime, check out this great performance from KEXP's Pickathon last year:

Their great cover of "I Got My Mojo Working":

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