16:33 Friday 16 November 2012

Kittens following in footsteps of Manics and Oasis

Written byTIM FLETCHER

BURTON supergroup Kitten Pyramid are set to complete their long-awaited debut album in one of the world’s most fabled recording studios.

Kitten Pyramid
Kitten Pyramid

The band will head to Rockfield Studios, in the Welsh borders, in January to record Elephants, the first part of their twin-album magnum opus.

The studios have in the past accommodated such rock luminaries as Iggy Pop, Oasis and the Manic Street Preachers, and are perhaps best known as the venue for the recording of Queen’s classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Kittens had been due to continue working on the album with renowned Sheffield-based producer Alan Smyth, but a search for an alternative venue after he suffered a bout of ill health led the band to Rockfield, where Nick Brine (Stone Roses, Oasis, The Darkness) will be at the controls.

“I’m just really excited about it,” chief Kitten Scott Marson told the Mail. “It’s like something you always dream of and it feels like Disneyland and Christmas rolled into one.

“Obviously the dream is that you’ll be whisked off to somewhere like that by a big record company, but although this is self-financed, it means we get more creative control — and we get to keep all the money.”

Brine has praised the way the album ‘moves between atmospheric and hard-edged’ and Marson’s ‘expressive lyrics’ picking out Marmalade, Crazy Diamonds and W.H.A.L.E. as his favourite songs.

Appart from frontman Marson, the Kitten clan features synth player and vocalist Max Kendall (The Vibe), pianist, guitarist and vocalist Chris Baldwin and guitarist and vocalist Dan Baker (both Star From Ivy), flautist and sax player Gemma Bower (Lady and the Tramp), drummer Rob Redfern and bassist Mark Hamon.

The collective approach will be at the forefront again when the Kittens are joined by some of the cream of Burton musical talent for a gig at Burton’s Tower Brewery, in Glensyl Way, off Wharf Road, on Saturday, November 24.

That gig, which features the aforementioned Vibe, Lady and the Tramp and Star From Ivy along with rising stars 5 Days Of November and Marson’s ‘controlled jam’ project, Wh te Dog Sh t, will mark the launch of a new record release which should assuage the thirst of fans awaiting their debut album proper.

Bedroom Demos: Part I is a ‘collection of collaborations and cuckoos eggs’ bringing together an assortment of tracks previously only available online on their SoundCloud page, which has just chalked up 10,000 listens.

“It’s something I’d like to do around the periphery of the main albums as we move along and use it as a vehicle to collaborate with other musicians,” said Marson.

Those attending the Tower Brewery gig, part of the PINT contemporary arts festival, can buy advance tickets online for £5, which includes a free copy of the album, worth £8.95. Those paying on the door pay £3 for the ticket only.

More information is available online at www.kittenpyramid.co.uk

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