Kitchens of Distinction

Last fall, Kitchens of Distinction’s Patrick Fitzgerald and Julian Swales reunited for the first time since the British dream-pop act folded in 1996, writing 10 new songs that Fitzgerald said were “reminiscent of Kitchens but also something new.” At the time, he wasn’t sure what to call the project. But now it’s official: With drummer Dan Goodwin back on board, too, Kitchens of Distinction have just finished recording their first new album in 19 years.

Fitzgerald — who, in recent years, has performed as Stephen Heroposted on his blog this week that the record is finished, and features “a mix of sounds that should satisfy some of those Kitchens aficionados.” He notes that it harkens back to “the sonic noise of KOD, but the lyrics are wiser, and the songs less fraught. But don’t get me wrong, they are no less intense.”

The band has not revealed the title of the album — which will be KOD ‘s fifth overall and first since 1994’s Cowboys and Aliens — nor a release date, and says it still needs to be mastered and have artwork designed. Fitzgerald notes there will be a 180-gram vinyl release.

He also rules out touring, at least with all three band members: “But NO live shows featuring all 3 of us. Do you hear? That’s a NO to those sitting in the back.”

Fitzgerald, Swales and drummer Dan Goodwin formed KOD in South London in 1985 and released their first single, “The Last Gasp Death Shuffle,” in 1987. Between 1989 and 1994, the trio released four studio albums before disbanding in 1996 following the release of final single “Feel My Genie.”

Read Fitzgerald’s full blog post:

 

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Mixed, shaken, and stirred

Spent the weekend with Julian going through the songs for a last time. And yesterday we finished. 10 songs recorded by us, mixed with Pascal Gabriel, and featuring a mix of sounds that should satisfy some of those Kitchens aficionados.

Jules thinks it sounds nothing like old Kitchens, but like a new version sucked through time and space. Dan said he thought it would fit neatly between Death of Cool and Cowboys. Me? Well it certainly sounds like nothing I’ve recorded these past stephenhero years, so I’m glad as I wanted a change. It’s definitely a hark back to the sonic noise of KOD, but the lyrics are wiser, and the songs less fraught. But don’t get me wrong, they are no less intense.

This is a thorough emotional rinsing lasting 42 of your earth minutes.

Next – mastering, artwork, formats. And yes, there will be 180g vinyl before you ask.

But NO live shows featuring all 3 of us. Do you hear? That’s a NO to those sitting in the back.

 

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