The British band This Is the Kit is one I’ve heard from quite a lot on my favourite radio stations, BBC 6 Music and KEXP Seattle.
Most of the BBC’s presenters have been playing their songs, and Guy Garvey is no exception: today’s selection aired on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour this past weekend, as part of BBC’s Slow Sunday, a day of “chill music.”
I’d listened to some earlier singles, “Hotter Colder” and the more recent “This Is What You Did,” but the latest track I’ve heard is “Coming to Get You Nowhere,” from their fifth album, Off Off On, released in October 2020.
The band reminds me a little of the Swedish duo First Aid Kit, not because of the similarity in their names but, rather, the calm undertones both bands exude. (First Aid Kit was one of the first bands I featured on this blog, back in January with a post on “Cedar Lane.” They’re about due for a return engagement!)
While “Coming to Get You Nowhere” starts off slightly staccato, it moves into a warm melody with many layers and rich instrumentation, including some fabulous horns. I quite like the band’s unique sound.
It’s an excellent song for a Friday that is bleak from a weather standpoint in Winnipeg, Canada, and a situation that is bleaker with new cases of COVID-19 in the province of Manitoba hitting a new high of 480 for today, skyrocketing from a previous daily record of 193 earlier this week.
Bandleader Kate Stables says about the video, “Here is a video that we made out of footage of our friend’s car getting stuck when they came to visit us during our rehearsal time just before we went into the studio to make off off on. It felt like a car getting stuck and people having to work together and ask for help to get it unstuck was a fitting story to accompany this song, which is itself about getting stuck and the ways we can help or hinder ourselves when it comes to getting out of unhealthy patterns. Making this video has been really nice for me during this time of not being able to get together with the rest of the band. I miss them and the time we spent together making Off Off On so it’s been great to hang out with them in video form. Not as good as the real thing of course, but comforting none the less (sic).”
We in Manitoba and, in particular, Winnipeg, must also get out of some very unhealthy patterns, and get unstuck, fast. We have to flatten the curve so that our hospital intensive care beds aren’t all filled when very sick people need specialized care (68 of 71 ICU beds are in use as of today).
Stay safe, folks… keep up the hand hygiene, physical-distancing, mask-wearing, and of course, staying home as much as possible, and especially when ill. And, no Hallowe’en parties! That is too scary. Really.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from This Is the Kit’s official YouTube channel: