Kitten Pyramid – Uh-Oh! (Album) - April 28th 2014 by Scott Marson

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Experimental rock five­-piece Kitten Pyramid are set to release their striking debut album Uh-Oh! this Spring.  The record juxtaposes so many surprising and jarring elements that The Guardian’s Paul Lester suggests “Picasso himself could have been at the controls.”

In his New Band of the Day column in the Guardian he writes;

 “They’re a progressive rock band. After that, fact-wise, everything is a blur. Even that fact – in fact – is a bit vague, or open to interpretation, conjecture and heated debate, that they’re a progressive rock band, because although there are prog elements in their music, there are also folk ones, punk ones, heavy metal ones, and, oddly, glam ones. One of their tracks sounds like Kaiser Chiefs meets King Crimson, another offers a mashup of mariachi, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Mott the Hoople, and another is like Zappa ripping the piss out of Pink Floyd. Dark Side of the Burnt Weeny Sandwich, anyone?”

Uh-Oh! was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios by producer Nick Brine (Queen, Oasis, Stone Roses), also a huge fan of the band:

“The Kitten Pyramid session was a great experience for me. It was so refreshing to have such an exciting and creative approach to making a record…it is one of the most creative, fun, rewarding and at times heartfelt albums I’ve had the pleasure to work on. I can’t wait for everyone to enter their world.”

Sounding like a wonderful mixture between Swans, Frank Zappa, Bowie and Field Music, Kitten Pyramid was fashioned by artist Scott Milligan who initially put the band together to play the sound track to a movie in the making (also called Uh-Oh!) about Milligan’s late uncle, a Polish immigrant with a history of mental health issues. The movie is centred on a day in his life as he arrives in Burton-Upon-Trent after checking out of hospital. His new employer, ex-billionaire Chester Milligan has an appetite for exotic animals and their first meeting is in his caravan in a field near the local zoo.

Both the album and the movie is the culmination of several talented people collaborating to create something that is refined, spectacular, exciting and intricate but also communicates the beginning of a story which will evolve throughout this year and no doubt fascinate many.

Speaking of the project Scott writes; “I’ve always liked the idea of the band being a collective that can expand and contract depending on the amount of people up for it and the size of the stage. There will always be a core 5 but we’ve been as large as 20 for one gig and aside from the sound engineer sweating a little, it was a great night.

We’re also really keen to explore the therapeutic benefits of music, which is where Arts for Health fell into place and the daytime hospital tour building up to the album release should be an amazing learning experience. I’m really keen to understand what sufferers of Paranoid Schizophrenia experience to help chip away at the stereotype that often gets confused with psychopathic behaviour (which I’m learning are traits more often to be found in Bankers, Managing Directors and Lawyers). Sadly, it’s people like my uncle living on his own in his flat with a mental condition that people are more likely to be afraid of, and THAT’s crazy. He was more likely to be threatened than be threatening. The Uh-Oh! Story and music is all about both characters and their co-existence and will be ultimately be a film.”

Watch Kitten Pyramid’s second single “English Rosa” which Lester refers to as the albums “epic centrepiece”. It features Procol Harum hero Dave Ball starring as the Grim Reaper.

Kitten Pyramids’ Uh-Oh! will be released April 28th on both physical and digital formats and the band will do a series of gigs at psychiatric hospitals, including St Georges in Stafford where Scott’s uncle was a patient. They end up in London with a performance at London’s famous Bedlam hospital on Friday the 25th of April and with their final tour date being the launch party at The Bedford in Balham on that Sunday the 27th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kim Astley-Cooper / 07869146119 / kim@supercatpr.co.uk

Single 2: English Rosa Press Release by Scott Marson

English Rosa is the second single to be released from experimental rockers Kitten Pyramid taken from the debut album in wait, ‘Uh Oh’, recorded at legendary Rockfield Studios (home of Queen, Oasis, Coldplay and the Stone Roses etc) with their producer Nick Brine who has also worked with all of the aforementioned artists.

Debut single also called 'Uh Oh' received critical acclaim from a whole host of national TV, radio and press.

Comparisons and influences lean towards Field Music, Bowie, Queen, Talk Talk, Zappa, Lou Reed, Swans, and perhaps many other iconic cult figures who in the past have created outstanding bodies of work. Such a formidable comparison list might seem a tad presumptuous but the album’s illustrious producer is highly impressed with the outcome.

Nick Brine:

“The Kitten Pyramid session was a great experience for me. It was so refreshing to have such an exciting and creative approach to making a record. Bands like this don't come along very often so I was really pleased that our paths had crossed and got to make something so interesting.

It's definitely been one of the most creative, fun, rewarding and at times heart felt albums I've had the pleasure to work on.

I can't wait for everyone else to enter kitten pyramids world.”

‘Uh Oh’ is the culmination of several talented people collaborating to create something that is refined, spectacular, exciting and intricate but also communicates the beginning of a story which will evolve throughout this year and no doubt fascinate many.

The whole album centres around the day in the life of a young schizophrenic Polish immigrant arriving in the UK to work (loosely based on lead member Scott Milligan's late uncle, Jarek Baczyk) and will be the soundtrack to a film, also being created by Scott due also for release later on in the year.

Uh Oh film synopsis
After checking themselves out of a psychiatric hospital, Jarek and his friends leave Stafford for Burton on Trent to work for a wealthy, but hopeless cannibal with an appetite for ballet dancers.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/kittenpyramid
https://soundcloud.com/kittenpyramid
https://twitter.com/kittenpyramid

Single 1: Uh Oh Press Results by Scott Marson

Main target bites

Total Guitar
Shindig
Aesthetica

Radio Interest

Chris Hawkins - Played Uh Oh regularly
Tom Robinson - Played Uh Oh regularly
Mark Radcliffe
Stuart Marconie
Gideon Coe

TV

Sunday Brunch - Tune of the week / Playlisted and between commercial for 30 secs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l36WUB_kfKY

Online Radio

Paul Lester selected
Hosted on Charlie Ashcroft’s Audition show
http://amazingradio.com/

Blogs

Dead Journalist
Soundcloud premiere

Artrocker
Soundcloud premiere
http://www.artrocker.tv/news/article/kitten-pyramid-uh-oh

With Guitars
Review "An intriguing debut single, a crooked sign post that works well. 8/10"
http://www.withguitars.com/kitten-pyramid-uh-oh-out-july-22nd/

The Foodie Trap
Covered the track with "whilst cooking"

Live 4 Ever
Top 2 of 8 singles
http://www.live4ever.uk.com/2013/06/live4evers-new-tunes-guide-feat-the-vitamins-and-kitten-pyramid/#.Uc8CNGg08Pw.facebook

Metaphorical Boat
Review. Apparently we sound like David Bowie, Pulp, Blur, Dodgy, Green Day, And So I Watch You From Afar, Queen & Aphrodite's Child in the one song.
http://metaphoricalboat.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/kitten-pyramid-uh-oh.html

Ear Buddy
Review
http://www.earbuddy.net/29332/kitten-pyramid-uh-oh.html/streams

When You Motor Away
Review "translates to pretty high hopes for Kitten Pyramid"
http://whenyoumotoraway.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/new-uk-progpsych-discovery-kitten.html

Indie Bands Blog
Review
http://www.indiebandsblog.com/european-bands/uk-bands/english-bands-uk-bands-european-bands/kitten-pyramid-prog-rock

Show Me Something Different
Review " I’ve never seen genre clashing like this in a single song, so hats off to them!"
http://showmesomethingdifferent.com/2013/06/27/song-review-kitten-pyramid-uh-oh/

Tuna The Day
Tune of the day & Review

Das Klienicum
Well respected German hype machine blog review
http://dasklienicum.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ein-pfund-mp3-443.html

Ear Buddy
Video review
http://www.earbuddy.net/31588/kitten-pyramid-uh-oh-video.html/videos

Skope Mag
News item
http://www.skopemag.com/2013/07/18/kitten-pyramid-video-uh-oh

With Guitars
Review, 7.4/10
http://www.withguitars.com/kitten-pyramid-uh-oh-out-july-22nd-2/

Indie London
Single of the week, 4/5
http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Music-sotw/music-singles-of-the-week-monday-july-22-2013

The Sound of Confusion Blog
Singles out news item "critical acclaim is surely lying in wait"
http://thesoundofconfusionblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/out-this-week-22nd-july-2013.html

Glasswerk
News & Soundcloud
http://glasswerk.co.uk/magazine/article/18813/Kitten+Pyramid+Stream+Debut+Single/

Tellin Tunes
Review

Unpeeled
Review

Eartwister Blog
Amazing and funny Review
http://eartwister.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/franz-ferdinand-taylor-swift-ft-ed.html

Devil has the Best Tuna / Key Tastemaker
Review
http://besttuna.blogspot.mx/2013/08/KittenPyramid.html

Music Muso
Playlisted
http://musicmuso.com/news/2013/8/9/kitten-pyramid-the-debut-single-uh-oh-available-now

Mad Mackerel
Video of the day
http://madmackerel.org/2013/08/11/videos-of-the-day-habits-generationals-kitten-pyramid-detroit-rebellion/