My name is Steve Taylor. I am a freelance journalist who worked as a Staff Writer for The Daily Yomiuri from July 2005 to March 2010, writing about music, theatre, art, cinema, literature and lifestyl...[more]
Dingwalls, London, Tuesday 21 June 2011
Families! Who needs them? Well, in the case of Kitty Daisy & Lewis, a whole load of music festivals this summer. And after a pounding performance in north London recently, festival-goers have a lot to look forward to over the next few months.
As natives of Kentish Town, the return of the sisters and brother act to their home patch was always likely to have the sold out notices up at Dingwalls, and there can't have been many members of the audience who left without feeling better than when they went in.
On stage with the group were Ingrid Weiss and Daddy Grazz, aka mum and dad of the band, on stand-up bass and rhythm guitar, respectively, yet this family affair was as tightly knit as any get-together of the Waltons. And to add a little spice to proceedings, trumpet player Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thornton added a rumbling, earthy, ska feel to 'Tomorrow' and 'I'm So Sorry' that, like the man himself, could have come all the way from Jamaica.
The sound and look of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis harks back to an era when pop stars had movie star looks, and they definitely hit the mark sartorially on stage. Yet they have added a modern element that keeps it refreshing, which is not surprising when you consider that the oldest of the three is still only 22. While the multi-instrument virtuosity of all three members is impressive, Lewis was particularly impressive on 'I'm Coming Home', a bluesy number from the group's recent album, Smoking in Heaven.
Kitty Daisy & Lewis will play the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury on Sunday-directly before a bunch of men in costumes singing about cleaning up Wimbledon Common, and will continue to pound the festival circuit all summer, so are sure to be at a festival near you this summer. Now, where did I put that jester's hat?