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Now Hear This: Kid Kapichi | This Time Next Year

I'm getting caught up on the good albums that have come out lately. Like this one.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “These rock heavyweights from Hastings have stamped their name firmly onto the hide of the U.K. rock scene, peddling a unique mixture of explosive riffs, bone-crushing intensity, and earworming melodies from their dual singer-guitarists.

Renowned for their live ferocious live shows, on stage is where Kid Kapichi really come alive. Fronted by Jack Wilson & Ben Beetham (joint lead guitar/vocals), with the other half of their ear-shattering sound emanating from George Macdonald (drums) & Eddie Lewis (bass), they have shared the stage with the likes of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Fidlar and Slaves. No wonder Kid Kapichi’s name is hot on the lips of the U.K. music world.

Kid Kapichi stormed into 2019 with the aptly titled track 2019, a reflection of the state of social and political affairs, and its impact on a voiceless generation. Subsequent singles Glitterati and Death Dips led to their EP Sugar Tax in July 2019. In the latter part of the year, the band made their mark at Reading & Leeds Festivals, sold out headline shows in London and Brighton, and toured Europe in the autumn. In October 2020, Kid Kapichi announced their debut album This Time Next Year.

Photo by Nick Suckak.

“The album title has two meanings,” explains co-vocalist/guitarist Jack Wilson. “You hear that phrase a lot, ‘This time next year you’ll be doing this and playing here.’ Sometimes you find it hard to see what you have achieved and how far you’ve come because you’re always looking ahead to that next thing. It can be a toxic way to view life, and one that is quite often the norm. On the other hand, it’s also relevant to what’s going on right now. Everyone’s lives are on pause. We’re all waiting and hoping for this time next year.”

This Time Next Year was produced in lockdown, a DIY effort with co-vocalist/guitarist Ben Beetham taking on engineering and mixing duties.

“We had discussed producing something ourselves one day, but I don’t think any of us thought it’d necessarily be a whole album, and our debut at that,” Beetham explains. “Obviously we had two choices with the pandemic — wait it out, or find a way to do it ourselves.”

The Hastings foursome show no signs of slowing down, with the industry hot on their heels and with a busy touring schedule waiting to be unleashed post-covid.”

Photo by Nick Suckak.