Regular readers of NME will no doubt remember KiD BRiTiSH from a few years ago, not least for their seemingly endless coverage of the Manchester band for at least... now, let me see... a month. But rather than just being another fly-by-night bunch of chancers, the outfit formerly known as The Action Manky (yeah, we know, not a good start) proved to be every bit as good as their newly-tailored moniker might suggest. Mixing 'yoof', patriotism and social commentary wasn't a new thing in 2008, but KiD BRiTiSH were better at it than most.
With more than a nod towards 2 Tone agitators The Specials and strop-poppers The Enemy, it's not surprising to learn that they have previously supported both groups on previous tours. Prior to that, came the steep learning curves of headlining gigs and a lucrative deal with Mercury Records which saw them issue a clutch of singles, most notably the minor hits 'Our House is Dadless' (which cheekily sampled Madness' huge hit) and 'It Was This or Football (First Half)'. The Second Half portion was added to a few promos with the First Half but never saw the light of day - and nor did the lucrative results with Mercury (the band were dropped). All of which left KiD BRiTiSH with a dilemma - what next?
Last year the band issued a self-financed free EP entitled 'Northern Stories' and have since followed that with a full EP issued last week, 'You Can't Please Them All'. But perhaps their biggest coup was performing as one of the supports at Friday's Stone Roses triple-whammy at Heaton Park. Despite still not having released a studio album in their 5 years, the band have certainly had the breaks - but there's more - a full UK tour in the autumn.
First stop is Glasgow on 14th October, followed by York, Camden, Southampton, Birmingham and finally Manchester on the 19th. In typical KiD BRiTiSH tradition, gawd bless 'em, they've helped keep ticket prices down to an acceptable £7.50 - £8.50, so what are you waiting for, they're available now?