In 2013 the three-piece band, siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, were invited to play Bluesfest. But before they had even picked up their instruments — they had blown it with a large portion of the crowd.
It was a straggly start; dragging their bodies around the stage they greeted us with: “Hello we have just arrived off the plane from the UK and we have colds…” Um Okay? Bluesfest punters looked at each other with similar eye rolling thoughts. After reading rave reviews about their rockabilly/R&B/jazz styles, the music presented that day remained repetitive and nonchalant.
Their January 2015 released album; Kitty, Daisy & Lewis the Third is familiar with their loved R&B numbers, noted with revived London music influences, adding funk and ska to the mix. Painted with the favourite moods and emotions of each sibling, Daisy Durham is rockin’ the snare drums with her rockabilly ballads. Lewis favours the blues tunes, playing piano and guitar, while Kitty Durham, contributing on drums, piano and accordion, harks for the jazz numbers.
The first track Whenever is pure KDL – a fusion of jazz and blues sass. Baby Bye Bye is a strolling bluesy saloon swingin’ door track sung by Lewis, with string ensemble layers, rhythmic guitars and Kitty and Daisy singing backup vocals. The smooth orchestral Never Get Back is their most intelligent song, and should be selected for the opening or closing soundtrack of a slickly directed motion picture.
Feeling of Wonder must be their PR described ‘disco’ number. Produced by and featuring The Clash’s Mick Jones on guitar, this is more classic Jamiroquai-esque London funk, even the song title gives it away as very ‘Jay Kay.’ Another London influence is heard on the track Turkish – a huge nudge to the sounds of the English Ska band, Madness – the band that formed in 1976, one of the token sounds of the early 80’s, originating just down the road from KDL’s Kentish Town roots. The crash of cymbals in the intro takes us to the upbeat ska genre, and its love of a swaying tenor sax led brass section.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis the Third is not only redeemed in generous musical numbers (twelve) and the multi-instrumental talents of the siblings — but takes their playing if we can borrow a Madness title ‘one step beyond,’ reliving their music fans with a much loved revival of London sounds.