Friday, 13 June 2008

Indietracks interview #16: The Kabeedies

Last Sunday night, a hushed throng of indiepop kids gathered in north London, in spite of the Victoria Line going AWOL, to witness the first of many pre-Indietracks gigs. Last year's hero Pete Green (how many times can we mention him on this blog?) kicked things off with a triumphant set, augmented by his brand new band, and Indietracks regulars The Bobby McGee's left the audience stunned by a spellbinding set of ukelele anti-folk. However, squeezed inbetween were the fantastic Kabeedies, who tore the roof off with a hyperactive, relentless pop assault that left the room spinning and swooning. We've never seen a band dance so wildly whilst also playing their guitars flawlessly and singing their hearts out, and they're sure to take Indietracks by storm this year. Remember to bring your dancing shoes on the Saturday afternoon.

The Kabeedies have already captured the hearts of those hip folk at BBC 6Music, and have recorded sessions for Huw Stephens and the legendary Steve Lamacq on Radio One. You might have picked up their free EP 'Your Woman', or their recent single 'Lovers Ought To' on Cherryade Records. Chances are they'll be even bigger by the time they get to Indietracks, especially with a Glastonbury appearance also on the cards. We're delighted to be joined by the band's drummer Fab for a few questions.

Hi Fab, tell us a little bit about The Kabeedies

We're a suspicious gathering of some boys and a girl who like to concoct new ways of baffling the human ear. Our slightly damaged minds dream up gleeful pop tunes and a live show that leaves audience members dying. Hopefully of happiness. We like to put a lot into our live show, play the songs faster; but our backs into it and let out our pent up weirdness.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?

Evan killed a guy once I think. Aside from that we're all useless.

What's going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?

Well we listen to lots of varied different music in our BluesMobiles (aka my Vauxhall Corsa and Craig's Mazda thing). Usually I prefer listening to Death From Above….so a couple of tracks will be on there, as well as lots of Chuck Berry. There'll be some Strokes I'm sure, and if Evan gets his way some Kissy SellOut or some other Breakbeat stuff. Rory will want Noah and The Whale and Katie will scream until Blur gets put on. Don't ever get in a car with us.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Indietracks festival, and why?

We absoloutley adore the Bobby McGee's and we've seen them once before in a tiny room in The Hope in Brighton, so it'll be great seeing them on a bigger stage or on a weirder one – with all their trimmings. Craig (our manager) will be wetting himself to see the Wedding Present too, because he remebers their glory days so well.

Thanks very much Fab. And if you can't wait to see them, here's a free song.

Free MP3 Download: The Kabeedies - Adhesive Stick

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