Kites are a four-piece from London, formed in 2010. With two classically trained musicians, a charismatic and passionate singer and a robot-precise drummer their dynamic is solid and sharp. The band have grown steadily to create an image as strong as their atmospheric sound where influences come from the eighties, but not exclusively.
‘Brother’, the bands debut single is dark and dramatic with a texture of Joy Division and similarities to Patrick Wolf there’s an underlying sense of hope with the pop mentality and classical workmanship. The production is slick and the structure complex where emotions fly out in every syllable, each beat comes precise and measured without losing the feeling. Comparisons to Hurts will no doubt be made but listening to Kites you feel like it is a band with a heart and sole, not just an emotionless synthesiser. Almost five minutes of the single where the band propel with passion and highly trained musicians that set them apart from all the other eighties wannabe bands. The video for the single was directed by the amazing George Harvey whose cinematic approach really works well with the band sonically as well as visually where it tells tales of two brothers, both at different stages in their lives.
If this early snapshot of a band at the beginning of their roots is anything to go by then 2012 is looking bright for these creative types who don’t just look the part but sound it too.