Red Kite

 

Thursday 7th November 2013
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Once so common that Shakespeare described London as "a city of Red Kites and Crows", the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) was persecuted and hunted to extinction throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Its reintroduction, initiated in 1989 by the RSPB and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, is now the most successful reintroduction of any bird species in Europe. In 2006 The Independent newspaper reported the first sighting of a Red Kite over London for 150 years...

Formed in 2011 Red Kite are a six-piece alt-rock outfit from London. With three guitarists, two drummers, and equal parts hymn and squall, they release their debut album 'Songs For Crow' on Bonfire Night (Gunpowder, Treason & Plot). Inspired by the poetry of Ted Hughes, and recorded over the course of two years following a personally devastating sequence of events, the album touches on themes of death, loss, love and masculinity. For more info click here.

Comprising of long-time friends Daniel Fisher (ex-Cooper Temple Clause), Laura Heggarty, Jim Dare, Paul Glover, Jon Cornwell and Nick Willes Red Kite’s debut LP is a powerful statement of intent. From the swirling multi-layered harmonies of Montreal through to the stripped back refrain of Dance With Crow and the rousing chorus-line of Poltergeist this album takes you on a journey. Punctuated by Fisher’s thought-provoking lyrics, rich instrumentation and deep rhythm section it’s no surprise that they have already picked up plaudits from the likes of Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy to name a few.

  

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