KITTY & THE LOST BOYS: FORMER RADIO 1 HOUSEBAND
Current and past members of the band: Blind Johnny (songwriter/guitar/vocals), Kitty Austen (songwriter/vocals/bass), Jess Austen (guitar/drums), Jene Petanque (bass/vocals), Sam Taylor (drums), Johnny Lodger (guitar), Jeff Boxall (synth guitar/recording), Dave Rich (guitar/keys), Sadie Lobb (violin), Steve Jennings (harmonica), Mia Thomas (Violin), Shaun Smith (acoustic guitar), BickC (congas/percussion), Tanya (backing vocals on album)
Review by Emerging Icons of Swan Song by Kitty & The Lost Boys
The irrepressible alt-poppers are spoiling their fans over the coming weeks with a piece-by-piece streaming of this summer’s release ‘You Bring Me Dead Flowers’. Think of it as a non-fattening advent calendar for November. Hooray! Behind one of the windows we found ‘Swan Song’, a gorgeously vulnerable ballad to loved ones lost. As light and graceful as the namesake bird, ‘Swan Song’ is a highly personal song from the band’s confident front woman, sharing her emotions from a particularly hard experience in her life. “This is a bit difficult”, she told her fans, “I wrote it at the saddest time I have had. It’s about my wonderful Granddad. His name was Bill and he liked inventing things.” An open portrait into her life and the loss of someone she cherished, the song is a quietly beautiful tribute that could tug at the heartstrings of even the most brutish of brutes.”
JOHN GOVIER BBC RADIO DEVON on DRIFT "brilliant...love it..you could hear that one played on the radio next to any of the current commercial tracks..."
MIKE CHAPMAN (Blondie/Suzy Quatro): “You are singing great and looking amazing”
BOY GEORGE: "Very cool, Blonde-esque vibe, yeah, loving your rock!"
AL GOMES: (Christina Aguilera, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chicago etc: "I think the band's great"
247 MAGAZINE Nov 2010: “This female fronted troupe describe themselves as being from ‘deepest, darkest Devon’ and I’m sure there are darker things in Devon, but they certainly wouldn’t be out of place in an 80s Brat Pack or 90s US teen vampire flick. Upbeat and energetic this sound is clearly influenced by some of those 80s greats, Cyndi Lauper & Blondie, though the sound isn’t dissimilar to those 90s Britpop female fronted bands, Echobelly & Lush. Apologies for the reliance on comparison to female fronted bands but there’s just no escaping it. The best place to hear this music would be in some bare brick walled underground pub with a cider & black in hand, all dolled up to the nines! Bring it on!”
Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6: "Absolutely Charming"
Record of the Week Heart FM
Round 1 Week 1 winners rock/indie category of The Peoples Music Awards 2010-11) Round 1 Week 2 winners pop category of The Peoples Music
UKSC Semi-finalist for Losing the Habit and Neverland