Preaching From the Pews: Spotlight Kid

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Nottingham-based showgazers Spotlight Kid recently made it into the list of 123 acts of 2011’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. These acts have all been chosen by a blogger judging panel, made up of the UK’s finest music bloggers. That’s what first drew our attention here at GIITTV towers to this new band. As a teaser Spotlight kid released the delicious track ‘Haunting Me’ taken from the yet-to-be named forthcoming new album which you can listen to below.

Drawing influences from the widescreen fuzz peddles of My Bloody Valentine, the pschy sweeps of Spacemen 3, and the tuneful gaze of Lush and Swervedriver, ‘Haunting Me’ is a haunting indication of their prowesss and makes Spotlight kid potentially the UK’s answer to Asobi Seksu. It’s sweeping, cinematic fuzz are drenched in reverb, and doused with Katty’s tenderly seductive vocals that shatter into walls of distortion., this is a sneak peak of their second album planned for release later in 2011.

Nottingham-based Spotlight Kid accomplished shoegaze sound is built on their rich history they consist of ex-members of Six By Seven, Echoboy, Model Morning and Bent. Six By Seven and part-time Soulsavers’ tour drummer Chris Davis shares vocal and guitar duties with Rob McCleary, while Karl Skivington (Guitar) Chris Moore (Guitar) Richard Davidson (Bass) and Katty Heath (keyboard, vocals) form the core of the band.

Chris Davis conceived the band towards the end of 2005 when Six By Seven had reached a crossroads. Having already written a number of songs, he decided to go it alone. Leaving Six By Seven in March 2006 was the next step, although he rejoined in February 2007 until they disbanded in 2008. 2006 saw former Bent singer and long-time friend Katty Heath join the fold, and after six months – together with the helping hand of fellow Six By Seven members James Flower and Sam Hempton – Spotlight Kid’s debut album ‘Departure’ was completed and released via London label Club AC30 as was their recent 7” single ‘All is Real/April’ with its beautiful artwork by designer Tristian Cornelius (Saatchi & Saatchi).The band have recently shared the stage with the likes of Esben and The Witch and The Joy Formidable.

Forthcoming Live Dates:

April 23rd – Underachievers presents @ Gulliver’s, Manchester, UK
April 25th – Nambucca, London, UK
May 10th – Club Koko w/The Joy Formidable, , London. UK

New album teaser track: ‘Haunting Me’ by Spotlight Kid by Type PR

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