Live Record: Kithkin

Kithkin – Live from the Banana Stand is available from our online store and all finer digital retailers. 

 

Kithkin arrived at the Banana Stand armed with an arsenal of soundscapes, a heartfelt energy, and a catalogue of amazing, unreleased songs for one of their final performances.

 

Throughout the night, Kithkin’s relentlessly, mesmerizing musical ritual took us through a gauntlet of twists and turns. From songs that dove head-first into cataclysmic, chaos to others that took a stroll through the serene sounds of a nocturnal forest, the four-piece transported us to a new aural scene with each number.

 

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At times it was hard to believe that four people could produce such a diversity of sounds simultaneously. Songs like “Altered Beast” saw the band weaving their shouted chants over tribal drum beats, sludgy bass progressions and shrieking guitar chords while synths whirred freely through the room. In other songs like “Wand,” multiple band members layered percussive samples with live drumbeats as the band snowballed into a whirlwind of a jam.

 

As Kithkin progressed through their set, each song was as unique and captivating as the last. Hearing previously unreleased material and seeing the band put their heart and soul into performing it made us realize we were witnessing something truly special for this recording. We’re so fortunate to capture special moments like these when we document live performances; giving fans and new listeners alike a chance to see the amazing live abilities of a band like Kithkin makes it all worth it.

 

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Kithkin – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience May 22nd, 2015 at Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The video features footage from camera operators Tyler Bertram, Sam Smith, Mark Dilson, Lara Ingram, Quinton Anderson, and Guy Wagner, and was directed and edited by Tyler Bertram. Audio for this video was recorded and mixed by Matt Thomson and mastered by Chris Andersen. Dane Brist produced art for the record, and Michael Reiersgaard took the photos of the performance.