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Kitsch - Gig Review: Kitsch @ Kings Arms 28/11/2014

21 Jan 2015 // A review by Carl Hayman

A few of you may have read my review a couple of months back for the release of Kitsch's brand new album Plastic Lives. Now it's my chance to give you look through my eyes as to Kitsch's Live show.

Taking to the stage with guests Craig Radford (Sticky Filth) and The MurderChord, this was a show I had been looking forward to for quite some time. Unfortunately I missed the last Kitsch show due to work travel, but to be honest I can't remember the last time I had seen them play in the skin.

When Kitsch took the stage, the atmosphere was absolutely electric. Sam Icke engages with the crowd in a dominating but respectful persona, really letting the music do the talking.

Nowadays when I attend a gig, I really tend to focus on the music rather than the atmosphere, because there will always be people talking crap, and people who are plastered and people who just don't know correct gig etiquette, but this gig was really positively buzzing with long time followers of Kitsch, and also a bunch of new faces that have heard the legends but never seen them in the flesh.

After hearing the album back to back literally hundreds of times already (it's my new favourite), their onstage show was nothing to be sneezed at - in fact, I believe the live delivery of their music was probably even better than the recordings (and the recordings are amongst the best I've heard). 

With a few of the older tunes thrown in for good measure, the set mainly focussed on the launch of the new album, and to be fair, there is nothing in their show that I could pick holes in. The support acts also impressed with heaps of attitude and awesome music, particularly The MurderChord who for a duo fill out their sound a lot more than you would think. Their bio describes them as 'The Actual Shit' which I have a tendency to agree with.

If I was to give this gig a score out of ten, It would be an honest 11-1/2 .. Kitsch have never let my expectations down, and this gig was certainly not going to be the one to do so. Kick Ass.


About Kitsch

Smashing out pop rock sensibility with a punk rock attitude.

Retaining its core members for over two decades, Kitsch delivered the next phase in their evolution in 2014, an album of epic depths, prepare yourself for Plastic Lives.

Tapping into modern states of mind, internet anonymity and global

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Kitsch


Plastic Lives
Year: 2014
Type: Album
The Burning Ground
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Love Songs For Romantic Punks
Year: 2002
Type: Album
The Billy Joel EP
Year: 2000
Type: EP
The Way It Was
Year: 1998
Type: Album

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