I popped ‘Feet Fall Heavy’ on without reading any of the accompanying press info and it never crossed my mind that with a name like Kill it Kid it was going to be anything other than a post hardcore/screamo ear bashing affair. On the contrary I was faced with a unique fusion of blues and alternative rock.
The first track ‘You’re In My Blood’ opens with a crackling audio sample which isn’t credited but sounds like it originates from the American deep south and consists of a man preaching to a crowd. It continues intermittently throughout with the guitar and vocals intertwined. Stephanie Ward takes the vocal lead and belts out some zeppelin-esq howlings.
Vocal duties are split throughout between Ward and Chris Turpin giving an interesting dynamic. The sampling of sound bites is a consistent feature.
‘Feet Fall Heavy’ does have that something a bit different. Its blend of rock, blues and jazz is quirky and original, the use of vocal sampling throughout gives it an additional dimension. It is a tad arty and sounds rather raw in places. Given all the influence from The American south it is rather shocking to discover Kill It Kid are actually from Bath! Regardless it is well worth a listen.
(Available now through One Little Indian )