At a time when isolationism and ideological inward-looking, seem to be gripping the western world with greater effect every day, Kettle of Kites are a band unafraid to break the curve.
With its constituent members hailing from Scotland, England, Belgium and Italy, Kettle of Kites gaze far beyond the borders of Earth and transfix upon the wonders of the universe and its limitless possibilities.
Arriving in 2019 like a pan-European, sci-fi space rock programme, the four piece will deliver their new album: ‘Arrows’, an innovative concept record inspired by the works of science-fiction pioneer: Isaac Asimov.
New single, ‘Weathervane’, arrives as a stimulating first extract from the record. Exploring the idea of ‘Psychohistory’ first proposed by Asimov in his universally acclaimed Foundation series, ‘Weathervane’ finds Kettle of Kites ruminating on the core principles of space and time and the potential of wielding them to predict the path of the future…
Watch the live version ofWeathervane
As frontman Tom Stearn explains: “The song is about time, past and future, and, as with all of the tracks on the record, is linked with the sci-fi world of Isaac Asimov, here taking inspiration from the imagined science of Psychohistory, which predicts major events in human history through analysis of big data.
“It’s a song which poses questions about fate, faith and the bigger picture we’re all part of.”
‘Weathervane’ was written by the band’s Tom Stearn, while overlooking the old port of Genoa. As with the rest of the upcoming album ‘Arrows’, the track was recorded by Emi Cioncoloni at ‘El Fish’ Studio in Genoa, Italy and further mixed and mastered by Nick Huggins and Ben TD at ‘A Pocket Full of Stones’ studio in Melbourne, Australia.
Directed by Tiziano Colucci of Betabel Film, the accompanying live video of ‘Weathervane’ at the Museum of Oriental Art unveiled today was filmed only a stones throw from where the track was initially conceived.
It features Kettle of Kites founding members: Tom Stearn (vocals & resonator guitar), Marco Giongrandi (ukulele), Riccardo Chiaberta (piano), Pietro Martinelli (double bass); plus string accompaniment from Gigi Magnozzi (viola) Gabriele Montanari (cello).
Straddling the astral planes between Radiohead, Talk Talk and Green-era REM, Kettle of Kites are a sci-fi inspired rock band currently based in Italy.
Releasing ‘Loan’ in 2015, the band’s debut album arrived as very much the solo effort of Scottish songwriter and former member of orchestral indie-pop outfit Admiral Fallow: Tom Stearn.
Recorded unceremoniously in a basement in Italy, the release was finessed half way across the world at the famous A Pocket Full Of Stones studio in Australia.
Returning to the project in 2019 with an expanded line up and a brave new vision for the band’s future, Stearn enlisted talents from across Europe in the form of Genoa’s Pietro Martinelli (bass), Brussels-based Marco Giongrandi (guitar) and London-based drummer Riccardo Chiaberta, to map out the musical schematics of upcoming concept album ‘Arrows’.
Combining a wealth of experiences from music scenes across Europe, on ‘Arrows’ the new-look line up adeptly illustrate the vividly visionary worlds and endlessly imaginative idiosyncrasies of acclaimed Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov. Harnessing supernova crescendos to spacial melodies with artful effect, ‘Arrows’ sees Kettle of Kites charting their true potential with nine intrepidly arranged and intergalactically influenced compositions that reach for the stars.
Kettle of Kites ‘arrows’ will be released on October 11, 2019.
Catch the band at Glasgow’s Hug & Pint on Friday, May 24.
For tickets and more information on the band, visit Kettle of Kites