My sister was visiting friends in California back in the early nineties and came home with a t-shirt for me from a concert she was it. Wish I still had it, it was the pic to the left, the album cover of the second release from Tooting, England’s Kitchens of Distinction.
The name of that album is Strange Free World and the disc was released in 1991 on One Little Indian Records. It is a truly magnificent album, ten tracks of lush arrangements, a shoegaze masterpiece created by a trio of musicians that include Dan Goodwin on drums, Julian Swales on guitar and Patrick Fitzgerald on vocals and bass guitar. The band’s original run was from 1986-1996 and during that time they released a total of four studio albums. To this day I have no idea why Kitchens of Distinction did not become HUGE during that time. Their music was such a beautiful style of dream pop, a perfect genre for that era but other bands became more well-known. This was a trio who garnered better reviews than The Stone Roses when each band’s debut came out during the same week. We all know how big that other band became.
19 years after their fourth album the band reunited and released their fifth album, the digital only in the U.S. release Folly. No tour so this fan has to be content with a great opening set for Suzanne Vega at Celebrity Theater back in 1993. I really miss these guys but happy Fitzgerald is still creating music. Please give them a listen, I feel confident you will be impressed. 2003’s double CD compilation Capsule: The Best of KOD 1988–94 is a great introduction and the band just released a six-disc boxed set entitled Watch Our Planet Circle in March 2017. That set contains the band’s first four albums, a disc of B-sides and the sixth disc is of BBC Sessions. Essential. 🙂
Like I said … essential. Enjoy this video of the second track “Quick as Rainbows” from Strange Free World. Cheers!