Being introduced to new music I’ve never heard before is a journey of adventure and discovery, leading me to start to believe that the UK is teeming with rock music groups poised to begin a new age British Invasion; and without question, Kid Kapichi is one of those bands. Having exploded onto the British guitar music scene with their debut EP and setting it ablaze with some heavy and hard-hitting riffs, the Hastings quartet, Kid Kapichi, make a return with their brand new ‘Lucozade Dreams’ EP set to drop on March 30th, 2018.
Consisting of Ben Beetham (guitar/vocals), Jack Wilson (guitar/vocals), Eddie Lewis (bass) and George MacDonald (drums), Kid Kapichi’s origin started as they were just about to finish up recording their first ever demos in a Hastings studio. “We had a name but had to change it because a semi-big band had just broken with a really similar name,” says Jack, “There was this kind of weird vocal loop on repeat during the mixing and it sounded like ‘kid-kapeh, kid-kapeh’ type thing. One of us just had a light-bulb and said ‘what about Kid Kapichi’?” George adds, “It took a night to sleep on it but we all woke up and were like ‘yeah that’s a keeper’. It’s served us well cause it’s something that no-one else has; the only downside is it’s impossible for people to understand in a loud pub or gig.” According to Ben, “The best ones we’ve had people say back are ‘Kinky Peaches’ (sick band name), and ‘Ginger Piggy’.”
While their musical influences vary from The Beatles to World Music, Billy Joel can certainly be heard in the vocals, which are seamlessly switched between Jack and Ben; the atmosphere is what drives their songs. “I’d say our influences are pretty eclectic, but there’s definitely loads of cross-over and that’s where the magic happens,” says Eddie.
Since I had never heard the name ‘Lucozade’, a quick Google search had me curious about their EP title. Jack recounts of his memories, “Whenever I’ve had big nights out, I’ve always got a bottle of Lucozade on my way home to down in the morning. A little while back I realized that if you force yourself back to sleep after the whole bottle, you have all these really vivid, psychedelic dreams, that still happen in the setting of normal life.” Ben chimes in, “Yeah we’re trying to get the word out that it’s our generation’s answer to ayahuasca. Has to be experienced to be believed.” George chuckles, “Careful though you might not come back the same way you left.”
When asked about the tracks on their EP and the meaning behind them, Eddie explains, “They all vary quite a bit. Jack Jones is more of a relatable one, we’ve all had nights out that end up being dead, and you just end up zombified in the corner cause you can’t quite be arsed to get up and leave in case the tide turns. Then you’ve got Cinderella which tells the story of a girl who’s gotten out of a heavy duty relationship, and all the relief and freedom that comes after.” Jack continues, “Puppet Strings talks about when you’re kind of seeing someone that’s only using you to make someone else jealous, but that doesn’t bother you cause you’re loving it regardless.” Ben says of their Machine Men track, “is the more politically motivated tune, you can listen to get the meaning – but just, in general, I think more and more people are tired of seeing politicians more interested in their bank accounts than giving a shit about the people they’re meant to represent. A problem that’s definitely always been there, but there were more than a few things that happened last year which really hammered that home.”
Driven by monstrous guitars and vocal melodies, the indie rocker’s EP blends their heavy, incendiary rock with harmonizing vocals to deliver a powerful punch to the chest while still leaving you humming away the chorus of each track with what few breaths you might have left.