Blending reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production,
The KVB's music reflected Nicholas Wood and Kat Day's mastery of
atmosphere even as their sound evolved over the course of the 2010s.
Early releases such as 2012's debut album, 'Always Then', dealt in brittle beats and sonic blasts that evoked Cabaret Voltaire and the Jesus and Mary Chain in equal measure, but the duo's style became more streamlined and sharp-edged on later efforts such as 2018's 'Only Now Forever'.
Formed in 2010 by singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Nicholas
Wood as a solo project, The KVB got started with a number of limited
cassette and vinyl releases that included the single 'The Black Sun' on
FLA Records and the 'Into the Night' EP on Downwards Records.
Vocalist / keyboardist / visual artist Kat Day joined Wood in 2011, and The KVB released its debut album, 'Always Then', in 2012 on Clan Destine Records. The duo kicked off a busy 2013 with the release of its second full-length, 'Immaterial Visions', for the Minimal Wave imprint Cititrax that February, then followed it with a remix EP featuring contributions by Regis and Silent Servant that May; in November, a reissue of 2011's previously limited-edition cassette release Minus One arrived on Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe's A Records label.
The following year, the duo ventured to Newcombe's Berlin studio to
track what would become the 'Out of Body' EP, which A Records released
later that year. This session marked The KVB's first recordings made
outside of the duo's own home studio as well as the first time working
with drummer Joe Dilworth, known for his work with Stereolab and Cavern
of Anti-Matter. Wood and Day collected some of the more experimental
output they recorded in 2014 on 'Mirror Being', which Invada released the
following June. The duo continued to move in a more experimental,
heavily electronic direction on 2016's 'Of Desire', which The KVB recorded
with vintage synths from Invada head Geoff Barrow's collection.
'The Fixation / White Walls' EP followed in 2017, and that year the duo also issued a remastered, five-year anniversary edition of 'Always Then'. For 2018's 'Only Now Forever', Day and Wood took a freer, more independent approach, recording on their own in their Berlin apartment for the better part of a year.
02 May, 2019
This Must Be The Place 2019
The This Must Be The Place festival at various venues in Leeds, over the weekend of 24th / 25th August, features Primary Talent International artists:
Saturday 24th August
Sunday 25th August
...Art School Girlfriend
03 Jul, 2018
The KVB: New Track 'Above Us'
The KVB premiere a new track 'Above Us' on Clash Music. Taken from their forthcoming album 'Only Now Forever' released on 12th October on Invada Records.
21 Jun, 2018
The KVB: La Route du Rock Festival
The KVB will play La Route du Rock festival in St.Malo, France on 16th August 2018.
05 Jun, 2018
The KVB: At Devilstone, Lithuania
The KVB will play the Devilstone festival in Lithuania, between 12th-15th July 2018.
30 May, 2018
The KVB: New Single 'Above Us' & Tour
After intense touring 'Of Desire' in Europe, Asia and beyond, The KVB returned to their studio to further immerse themselves in sonic experimentation. The resulting 'Above Us' heralds the next chapter in the adopted-Berliners dark, electronic pop development. With waves of synthesisers, flourishes of surf guitar and sequences driving with nervous energy, the tension finally relieves with a surging, euphoric chorus.
Brighter and more expansive than ever, the track demonstrates the bands growing ability to create sonic journeys, yet retains the atmosphere synonymous with The KVB.
"'Above Us' is about defiance in reaction to the anxieties of modern life. In a world where you and your data are the product, 'Above Us' seeks to reclaim the power over yourself and to make your own decisions." - Kat & Nick, The KVB
This Summer sees the duo make several festival appearances including Green Man and Meltdown the latter of which is curated by The Cure's Robert Smith.
30 May, 2018
The KVB: European Tour Dates
The KVB have announced details of their UK & European tour dates, for October to December 2018.
12 Apr, 2018
The KVB: At Robert Smith's Meltdown Festival
The KVB will support The Soft Moon, at Robert Smith's Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre in London on 24th June.
Tickets available from the link below.
10 Apr, 2018
The Cure: Robert Smith's 'Meltdown'
The Cure's Robert Smith has curated this year's 'Meltdown', at London's Southbank Centre, from 15th to 24th June. Tickets will go on sale to Southbank members on the 13th, and the general public from the 16th.
Several Primary Talent International artists will be taking part:
29 Mar, 2018
The KVB: At Sabotage
The KVB will play Sabotage in Lisbon, Portugal on 4th May 2018.
20 Mar, 2018
The KVB: Devilstone Festival, Lithuania
The KVB will play the Devilstone festival in Lithuania, during July 2018.