Who Are Kitty, Daisy & Lewis?
With almost three albums under their belts, a family tree that includes distinguished musicians and industry pros and a long list of A-list celebs who call themselves fans, it’s kind of shocking that the English blues-rock trio of siblings, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, haven’t remotely received the praise and recognition they deserve in the states. However, with their third album -- appropriately titled, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis the Third -- about to drop in the U.S., that could all change very soon.
The three siblings, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis Durham, are the children of Graeme Durham – a sound engineer for Island Records, who’s worked with the likes of Al Green, U2 and Bob Marley – and Ingrid Weiss, the former drummer for English post-punk outfit the Raincoats.
In 2008, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis released their eponymous debut on which they shared vocal and instrument responsibilities – something that still holds largely true of these musical jacks of all trades. Although, for their early live shows, they enlisted the help of their parents to fill out their sound, making for a family band that was the subject of a BBC3 documentary the next year (you can watch it in its entirety online).
At the time of their debut, Kitty was the youngest at a mere 14 years old, while Lewis was 16 and Daisy was 18. Since then, they put out their sophomore LP, Smoking in Heaven, in 2011, which helped launch them to further prominence, even earning them opening slots for Coldplay and Mark Ronson and famous fans in director David Lynch and -- before her passing -- Amy Winehouse.
Now, with all three siblings in their early-to-mid-20s, they’ve ironed out their retro sound on their upcoming full-length, The Third, which will arrive stateside on March 31 via BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label. And they’ve done so with the help of the Clash’s Mick Jones (a family friend, naturally) behind the boards. Jones -- who apparently was often besuited and bearing blueberries -- aided in expanding Kitty, Daisy & Lewis’ sound by adding horns and venturing into rockabilly and reggae, certainly something he knows a thing or two about.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis' first single from The Third, the Lewis-led, “Baby Bye Bye” (hear it above), emerged at the end of last year, followed by “No Action,” which you can listen to below. Both videos find the trio exploring sinister narratives – something that is also heard in the themes and tones of the band's forthcoming LP.
With their finely tuned sound and third album in tow, the band is staged to win over the affections of listeners everywhere. You can (and should) catch them live on the upcoming U.S. leg of their tour -- find details below:
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis 2015 Tour
March 26: Seattle, Wash. - Crocodile Café
March 27: Portland, Ore. - Doug Fir
March 28: Eugene, Ore. - WOW Hall
March 29: Sebastopol, Calif. - Hopmonk Tavern
March 31: Solana Beach, Calif. - Belly Up Tavern
April 1: San Francisco, Calif. - The Independent
April 3: Los Angeles, Calif. - El Rey Theatre
April 4: Las Vegas, Nev. - Viva Las Vegas
April 6: Denver, Colo. -Bluebird Theater
April 7: Omaha, Neb. - Reverb Lounge
April 8: St. Paul, Minn. - Turf Club
April 9: Chicago, Ill. - Lincoln Hall
April 10: Ferndale, Mich. - The Magic Bag
April 11: Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
April 14: New York, N.Y. - Bowery Ballroom
April 15: Philadelphia, Pa. - World Café Live
April 16: Cambridge, Mass. - The Sinclair
April 17: Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall
April 19: Nashville, Tenn. - 3rd and Lindsley (WRLT show)