UTR026 | 7" | 4 tracks, 9 mins | 24 Nov 2008
KIT have written a batch of new songs that break the lengths of past efforts, yet delve into structural experiments with the same ferocity.
Vice Cooler hit on the idea of having Mike Watt guest on the tracks, and while George's suggestion of covering Jefferson Airplane's psychedelic classic "White Rabbit" with Watt on vocals was canned, the band did re-visit "Flat Earth" - a paean to their home town of Oakland that featured on debut LP 'Broken Voyage'.
The three other songs are filled out with melodic runs by the Minutemen and Stooges legend, while KIT's Steve holds down the official bass duties. Some horn overdubs by Jenna Thornhill of Silver Daggers / Mika Miko also find their way into the mix.
Lyrics touch on the state of ecological and political disrepair that even the least crustafarian music fan would have to notice in 2008, post-peak oil and in the last throes of Bush doctrine. Will we make it out the other side? The closing song offers some hopes.
The artwork is an intricate collage by Jessalyn Aaland, who has performed similar duties for Business Lady and Foot Village.
Recorded with Eli Crews at New, Improved Recordings, Oakland