Kid Canaveral are a two-boy/two-girl group from Edinburgh: David MacGregor (lead vox/guitar), Kate Lazda (lead vox/guitar), Rose McConnachie (backing vox / bass), Scott McMaster (backing vox / drums).
They write indiepop tunes you can move around & flail your limbs to. In true indie spirit, they have self-released four 7″ singles and their debut album, on their own label, Straight To Video Records. In February of this year legendary Scottish DIY label Fence Records (King Creosote, James Yorkston, Lone Pigeon) announced the band as their latest signings.
“Shouting at Wildlife is a Scottish pop classic … should be mandatory in every record collection in the country” The Herald
“Shouting at Wildlife is a thrilling, uplifting and generally all-round spiffing combination of indie-pop skills, lyrical wit, and choruses sung through smiles.” THE SKINNY **** (4 stars)
“This debut is packed with singalong melodies, frisky jangles and a real sense of purpose. A jubilant and skilful racket.” THE LIST **** (4 stars)
“Kid Canaveral showcase a sound too big to be Scotland’s secret for much longer” The Fly
“Super-infectious melodies The Magic Numbers would give their bushy beards for” Daily Record
“Juicy, chewy pop-kids to savour, proving that life still twitches in this indie guitar-pop business.” Paul Whitelaw, The Scotsman
Formed in 2005 in St Andrews, Fife whilst the band were at university, this Scottish four-piece have been steadily growing in confidence over the past few years, attracting a loyal fan-base with consistently engaging live performances up and down the UK. They have completed 4 successful UK tours, as well a number of high profile support slots for artists such as Camera Obscura, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), KT Tunstall, Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, King Creosote and The Phantom Band. Kid Canaveral have been ever present performers at the critically acclaimed Fence Records Home and Away Game Festivals; sharing the bill with amongst others Hot Chip, Four Tet, British Sea Power and Malcolm Middleton. In 2011 their cover of King Creosote’s Missionary was featured in a short Home Game film by esteemed Glasgow film company, Forest Of Black (Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand).
Kid Canaveral released their long awaited debut album, Shouting at Wildife in July 2010. Across twelve tracks, the band showcase the breadth of their indie-rock and DIY-pop songwriting skills. The album has been met with wide critical acclaim from both the national press and the online blogosphere – with universal 4* reviews from the major Scottish music press, it has also featured in numerous end of year polls, including number 5 in the Scottish BAMS, a poll of over 40 influential UK bloggers’ favourite albums of 2010. It was Avalanche Records’ (Scotland’s premier independent record store) best selling album of 2010, and as such has twice featured in the Observer newspaper’s Culture Map of Britain feature. With initial pressings of the album now sold out, Fence Records are giving the Kids a new lease of life, with SHOUTING At Wildlife being pressed on vinyl, and given a full nation-wide release (out July 25th 2011).
2011 has been the Kids’ busiest year to date. They travelled to the USA for SXSW in March, performing a number of successful shows in New York and Texas, as well as a stint as King Creosote’s band in Austin. Their cover of ‘Missionary’ is just the first of many recorded collaborations planned between KC and, er, KC! In fact, a brand new single is set for release on Fence Records later in the year. Since returning from the US the band have gone from strength to strength, wooing new and existing fans with their performances at GoNorth, Stag & Dagger and Home Game to name but a few.
The month of July has seen the culmination of all their hard work – a storming set at T in the Park, daytime Radio 1 airplay, the vinyl re-release of their debut album on Fence, a starring role in the Artworks Scotland SXSW documentary, an Album of the Week accolade for SHOUTING at Wildlife on Radio Scotland and a full page feature in the Scotsman. Oh, and a Kid C-penned jingle on Andrew Collins and Josie Long’s BBC 6Music show! Their awesome summer looks set to continue as they look forward to a set at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and their first show at Edinburgh’s legendary Liquid Room in August.