The KVB Mini Interview (playing our End Of An Era Part 2 in November!)

Thursday 19th September, 2013

This November we will be putting on two final UK holiday camp festivals in Camber Sands, UK under the banner The End Of An Era. The first weekend is sold out, with tickets available now for Weekend 2 curated by ATP & Loop. Tickets and more info on the event are available now from this link. See below for another in a series of mini interviews with bands playing the event. This time The KVB have given us their answers. You can check out tracks from them here at Soundcloud.

Name Of Artist:  The KVB

Hometown: London via Southampton & Colchester

Year Formed: 2011

Bio: The KVB is the audio/visual project of Klaus Von Barrel & Kat Day, based in London, UK. Combining shoegaze guitars, minimal synth melodies, hypnotic drum machine beats and reverb drenched vocals with abstract imagery, The KVB was initially started as a solo project by Klaus in 2010. Their debut release came in the form of a limited edition cassette tape (‘The Black Sun’) on cult underground label FLA Records in May 2010.

This was followed in 2011 by a series of acclaimed releases; including a 10” vinyl EP on Downwards Records (“Into The Night”) & another limited edition cassette, this time on Clan Destine Records (“Subjection/Subordination”).

After frequent collaborations through the year, Kat joined The KVB permanently on synths and visuals in late 2011 and this was shortly followed by the first ever live show in London at the Shacklewell Arms.

2012 has seen their schedule get even busier, with the release of their first full length LP, ‘Always Then’ (again on Clan Destine Records) and multiple European headline tours in support of the record, with shows in Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Spain etc. As well as a West Coast USA tour in June & July 2012, including a set at the Part Time Punks Shoegaze Festival, in Los Angeles.

In February 2013 The KVB released their second full length LP ‘Immaterial Visions’ via Minimal Wave sub label Cititrax. This was followed by more touring, including shows in Russia, Ukraine & Portugal.

Do your best to describe your sound in one sentence:

Immersive, hypnotic & loud.

What are the most recent activities of your band?

Touring Europe & Russia, releasing a new LP called 'Immaterial Visions' and an accompanying remix EP. Working on lots of new material.

How excited are you to play this event?

Very excited, its one of our favourite festivals!

How do you feel about being asked to play the last ever ATP holiday camp event?

(See above!)

Do you have a connection with the curators / an idea why you were chosen to play?

None, apart from being big fans of their music!

Which of your releases do you feel ATP attendees should check out first?

Our most recent LP 'Immaterial Visions'.

Is there one of your tracks you think specifically represents you best?

Our music takes in a variety of different influences, so its tough to say, but if we have to pick one it would be 'Never Enough', or 'Dayzed'.

Are there any other currently confirmed bands you're excited about seeing?

We're looking forward to Loop, Mogwai, Dirty Beaches, Goat, Comets On Fire, Hookworms... Pretty much every band that's been announced so far!

If you were curating, name three bands you'd want to play your event...

Xeno & Oaklander
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Soft Moon

If you could pick one record release in the last year which would you recommend?

DVA Damas - 'Nightshade'

And what's the best gig you've seen in the last year?

Weekend at Part Time Punks in LA.

What have your previous experiences at ATP been like? Any favourite memories?

A Place To Bury Strangers at the 2009 My Bloody Valentine curated ATP.