Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

After years toiling away as a guitarist in other-people's bands, Courtney Barnett finally gained the courage to step out as a solo artist less than two years ago. Gathering together a bunch of like minded friends, she recorded a debut EP of rambling garage pop and began life as a front-woman.

That EP 'I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris" received glowing reviews in her home country of Australia but that trickle of critical acclaim turned into a river of praise upon the release of her second EP "How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose".

While the sprawling guitar jams of her band "The Courtney Barnetts" barely hide her remarkable pop sensibility it's Courtney's honesty, wit and unique turn of phrase that set her apart from the rest. Reviews range from calling her "The next queen of Australian rock and roll" to just wanting to be mates with her, "I've only ever met her once but I can tell she's a legend."

2013 has seen Courtney release a bunch of killer singles such as the free associating 'History Eraser' (praised by The Guardian as "a perfect summary of the earnest freewheelin' and rambling wit that makes music from this end of the world just so great.") and the anaphylactic balladry of 'Avant Gardener'. With a second EP complete (produced by The Drones' Dan Luscombe), a debut album around the corner and an increasingly impatient international audience waiting for her to leave her shores, it's an exciting time to be one of Courtney Barnett's friends.

Currently hailing from Brighton, England. Kins originally formed in late 2010, around a collection of home-demos by frontman Thomas Savage.

Kins spent their first six months playing small shows up and down the coasts of Australia with the city of Melbourne acting as home-base. In May 2011 they released their 7-track debut E.P; ‘Dancing Back And Forth Covered In Whipped Cream’ which established early on, the distinct sound which earned the band a staunch set of followers.

After relocating to England, Thomas and Jacky were faced with the task of finding a new rhythm section, which eventually arrived in the form of Rob and Alex. Refusing to waste a single day, the band restlessly went about writing, recording and rehearsing fresh batches of material.

After linking up with a UK Management company, who signed them immediately after seeing them live, the band decided to self produce an album of songs. Recorded over the winter months of 2012-2013 in a damp basement flat by the sea, ‘KINS’ yields 10 tracks which aptly reflect the isolated environment they were created in.

Once spread publicly in July 2013, these new songs, with their themes of confusion, guilt and nihilism, provoked an immediate reaction.

Reviews across the board were very positive and saw the likes of Indie Shuffle declare ‘This album is one of those records you want to share with as many people as possible because it’s seriously that good.’ London blog ThisIsFakeDiy mused ‘Rarely have we heard so much anger and cause in a band sporting sophisticated, guitar-led pop.’ This ‘anger’ is emphasised in their live show, a live review from ARTROCKER reads ‘Songs are so brutal, that at times they feel like the equivalent of shimmering, psychedelic shotgun blasts to the head.’

Kins’ momentum is fast building, with strong radio support in the UK and US. Gaining UK plays from BBC Radio 1 (Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart & Alice Levine and Jen & Ally), BBC 6music, and joining the XFM Evening Playlist and Amazing Radio A list. They’ve also picked up early support in the US with KCRW, The Current & WXPN quick to play tracks from the bands debut.

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Courtney Barnett with Kins

Thursday, February 20 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Union Transfer

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