Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have come a long way since they broke through in 2006 with their second single, the exhilarating ‘Mean Son Of A Gun’. The trio of siblings, from a musical family – dad, Graeme Durham, an engineer at London’s Exchange studio, mum, Ingrid Weiss, the former drummer in post punkers ‘The Raincoats’ – have since then cemented their reputation with three critically acclaimed albums, 2008’s self titled debut, 2011’s ‘Smoking In Heaven’ and 2015’s ‘The Third’, and they have just completed their fourth, ‘Superscope', which is quite frankly their most accomplished to date.
The process, the same for all their records, is simple. The three write separately, usually at home – they live above their studio in Camden, Lewis below, then Kitty above, then Daisy on the top floor – on guitar or piano usually, then regroup in the studio, rehearse, arrange and then produce a record. “I can often hear Kitty above me writing her songs,” says Lewis, “it spurs me on to get in the studio.”
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are often pigeonholed with the retro tag, but Superscope is no genre exercise. Yes, they are proud of their influences – R&B, blues, funk, jazz and soul – but their music is cast in their own image. “There’s no nostalgia, no recreation of past eras,” says Daisy. “It’s a mixture of all of our minds, a real melting pot.”“And most importantly,” says Lewis, who never wanted to be a musician in the first place, “it’s a real gas’. It certainly is.