With the final single from the album “Not Fade Away, One Clear Way”â€š going to radio David Kitt hits the road for a lap of honour in Ireland around the album which has helped rejuvenate him as both a creative force and a prolific artist.
2007 saw Kittser compile his first odds and sods compilation Misfits : Vol 1â€š which tied and gathered some interesting musical knots. Kittser is working on a new album of original material for release in 2008.
Not Fade Away has offered David Kitt a freedom from the constraints of distracting themes and encouraged a much broader approach to the songs that make up the album.
The album was recorded largely in Kittser’s own home studio in Dublin, produced and mixed with assistance from Karl Odlum, and acclaimed Swedish producer Tore Johansson (The Cardigans, Franz Ferdinand) in Stockholm. Kittser handled the majority of instrumentation himself: guitars, drums, programming, bass, synths, samples and even some banjo. Many Irish friends contributed to the record including singers Lisa Hannigan and Annie Tierney, David’s younger brother Robbie, and members of The Redneck Manifesto. Not Fade Away also features the talents of Romeo and Michelle Soddart from much-loved folk-pop quartet The Magic Numbers who after a chance encounter at Glastonbury last year revealed themselves to be big David Kitt fans. All of these components have a place in his most detailed and crafted mix yet.
In the past Kittser has freely admitted that writing lyrics has been the most trying aspect of making music. The Big Romance looked to elemental themes and warm, sensual feelings, but Not Fade Away is wholly emotional – expressing doubt, darkness and defiance, and even moments of anger and aggression. There are also vivid snapshots of Dublin at night – parties, soul-searching chats, bleary-eyed comedowns, and whiskey fights.
With Kittser in full control of his studio, he finds the perfect balance between lushness and space, allowing his instruments to breath, and his melodies to shine. Check out the fluid bass of “Leaving Home”, the perfect clarity of every beat and pluck on “Grey Day”, the pop ambience of “Up To You”, and the Neil Young meets Dr. Dre antics of “Wish And I Won’t Stop”.
On “Guilty Prayers”, “Pointless Ends”, he takes a simple down-home folky chant-a-long and laces it with ghostly string snippets. The first single, “Say No More”, is big and bold, a pop song driven by snappy guitars, cute organs, and a rowdy singer. And “Don’t Fuck With Me”, synthesizes J.J. Cale’s Tulsa Sound with Money Mark funk and Kraftwerk computers. The closing “With You” is so simple, yet so lush, it would make Sean O’Hagan’s toes curls.
Not Fade Away was greeted with great acclaim on itâ€šs release in both Ireland and the UK. In Ireland it entered in the top 5, in the UK it was a Sunday Times album of the week, got a 4 star review in Q magazine and led to sessions for both Bob Harris (BBC radio 1) and Colin Muarry (BBC Radio 2) shows.
David Kitt’s talent has evolved from the exciting embryonic ideas of Small Moments and The Big Romance and he’s still setting new standards. Not Fade Away is his lastest installment for your pleasure.
In the summer of 2001 David Kitt released his second album, The Big Romance – a melting pot of the sounds and styles he had consumed in his formative years. The focus of the recording was on texture, rhythm and melody. His style of creative mixing found a harmony between art-rock guitars, Germanic synthesizers, hip-hop patterns and sweet electronics, and was accentuated by impressionistic lyrics and a natural, unaffected voice. It became an influential record at a time when genre was becoming less specific and a new modern and adventurous breed of artist was emerging. In the middle Kittser made an album of loved-up soul and guitar-pop [Square One, 2003] and a tender homage to his own record collection [The Black & Red Notebook, 2004].
EMPIRE MUSIC HALL, BELFAST
SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2007
Doors 7.00pm. All tickets are Â£14.50 (inc booking fee), and are available across the counter from Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ie , and on their 24 hour booking line on 0870 243 4455. (sales may be subject to credit card charges and the commissions of Ticketmaster agents).
Saturday 22nd Sep – The Cellar Bar, Draperstown, Co. Derry
Sunday 23rd Sep – The Empire, Belfast
Tuesday 25th Sep – Whelans, Dublin
Wednesday 26th Sep – The Boglane Theatre, Ballymahon, Longford
Friday 28th Sep – EVGBâ€šs, Murphy’s, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Saturday 29th Sep – Electric Avenue, Waterford
Sunday 30th Sep – Kane’s, Ballyferriter, Dingle
Tuesday 2nd October – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Wednesday 3rd October – DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork
Friday 5th October – The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth