London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Durham are talented songwriters/musicians whose background is rooted in the tradition where songs are handed down and sung at family gatherings, playing any instrument they lay their hands on. Their songs are an eclectic mix up of Pop, R'n'B & Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Country, Jazz and Ska.
They have sold over a quarter of a million albums worldwide and sold out headline tours and have opened shows for major bands including Coldplay, Stereophonics... From a very young age they have been inspiring audiences, picking up an impressive fanbase from Amy Winehouse and Eagles Of Death Metal to David Lynch and Dustin Hoffman.
At their packed shows, they each take turns on vocals and jump from one instrument to another.
Joining them on stage are their mum former Raincoats drummer Ingrid Weiss on bass, the original Bombay Bad Boy -Daddy Grazz on rhythm guitar, and Jamaican trumpet legend Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton.
New Album: Kitty Daisy & Lewis THE THIRD
KD&L have spent the last three years writing songs and building a new analogue studio in a derelict Indian restaurant in Camden Town.
Once they got their hands on their new studio space and 16 track tape recorder, they knew that they wanted to take the third album to another level with the songwriting/instrumentation/styles/production/sound.
An early fan, Mick Jones of The Clash, was keen to get involved, and as producer he immediately started weekly rehearsals with KD&L in their home, learning and playing the songs, as he had done when working with The Libertines.
In practice Jones became a new band member during the months of rehearsing, and guests on a couple of tracks.
In the summer of 2014, they recorded a unique, self-penned third studio album that sets them apart from anything else today.
The stories in this album resonate with moods and melodies that touch you in ways that are both uplifting and unnerving.
With three different writers and multi-instrumentalists in the band each track is a sparkling gem that reflects a different facet of experience: “She's raising up her hand, And she's about to swing, So move it!” is delivered with menace and understanding in 'Bitchin' In The Kitchen'.
“It could just be something going on in my head, But there ain't no action in our bed” in a funky 'No Action'. “But we couldn’t figure out why the ending wasn’t strong, and we both knew together that something was so wrong.” in an amicable parting in 'Baby Bye Bye'. There are sweet strings countered with old Jamaican brass players that evokes, spaghetti westerns full of eastern promise: “Tonight I will be waiting, for a taste of your delight,” in 'Turkish Delight'. “Don’t try to fake it, the rhythm will make it” in a soulful 'Feeling Of Wonder'. Each track is a surprise, not least the disgust at London property speculators in 'Developers Disease'.
Jones, who has spent a year with this extraordinary family is moved to describe the album in cinematic terms as follows:
“When Graeme Durham (A Passage To India - David Lean 1984) steps off the S.S. Orion in the mid 60's he has no idea that he along with Ingrid Weiss (The Sound Of Music - Robert Wise 1965) would spawn such ingenue. Kitty (Darling - John Schlesinger 1965), Daisy (The Outlaw - Howard Hughes 1943) & Lewis (King Creole - Michael Curtiz 1958) embark upon a Remarkable Journey engendering the transportation of an Opera House over a mountain (Fitzcarraldo - Werner
Herzog 1982) culminating in the making of their third album KDL III. Utilising many forgotten recording techniques this magical, heartwarming record really does produce a “feeling of wonder” (Zabriski Point - Michelangelo Antonioni 1970).”
Mick Jones, Stoptober 2014.