Spring forward, or else.


How are you this weather?

We’ve just finished another stretch in the recording studio. It was a good one, I think. No, that’s not fair. I know it was a good one. We struggled at the start with some of the new material; the direction in which we wanted it to go was pulling against the direction in which our playing of it was taking us. I hope that makes sense.

“Fewer chords! More rhythm!”

“Don’t disappear up your own arse”

“Shut up”

“I’m tired”


We should write our own version of Oblique Strategies. It would contain a lot more puerile swearing.

One of the songs from our last session in November, that I was left at a complete loss as to what do with, really came together on Wednesday. It’s lost a bit of its winter weight and now clocks in at three and a half minutes rather than seven. It’s exciting, and I am excited by it.

Another one is made up of a 30-second snippet I recorded when doing demos for Now That You Are a Dancer. I wrote the rest of it last week and it is sounding very different to what I had originally imagined. This is the one that Scott has called ‘Stupid Drumbeat’. He’s not happy with my programming skillz on the ol’ Zoom drum machine for the demo…


We recorded a full band version of the new song that I did on Vic Galloway’s Christmas show in December (alas, not the Dolly Parton Cover). I’m never that comfortable with the acoustic guitar, so it was nice to be able to strip out the constant chords and give the song some space.

Kate is steaming ahead by having recorded probably the final vocal for one of her penned numbers. It’s called ‘Listen to me’ (provisionally) and sadly no longer has a hip hop-inflected drumbeat. Kate also manages to wind Scott up with her drum machine demoing.

Another one we came back to from November was our attempt at Krautrock. We’ll see how it develops. I’ve taken a slightly different mix home with me to have a think about.

It was a good session for another reason, mainly that I think we’ve managed to plan when we’ll have wrapped the album, and we’ve booked the requisite time. NOW, I’m certainly not going to commit to text when that is; what happened with the last album recording and subsequent delay is all too fresh in the memory. But, by the end of the sessions we’ve booked we should have enough material to decide what’ll make up our record and what’ll be for other things.


Another good thing was that we got to enjoy our pieces outside on Saturday, sitting against the wall and taking in the warm sunshine. It was glorious. The Randolph’s Leap I Can’t Dance to This Music show at the CCA gave us some time to unwind after the first day, which always involves lots of set-up and the inevitable drum-checks and subsequent takes.


No-one can dance to anything at this point…

Record-baron, friend, and lift-blagger, Johnny Lunch from Lost Map Records, came to see us to check that the email in which I described our new stuff as sounding “like Daniel O’Donnell produced by Skrillex” was not in any way accurate.

"I can hear shades of 'Mayo Mammy' right enough..."

“I can hear shades of ‘Mayo Mammy’, right enough…”

Gal was, as ever, patient to the last, finding ever more ways to say “are you sure you want to do it like that?” and “it’s good, but it’s not the one”.

I got home, unwelcomely rested all of my gear in the middle of the living room, and apologised ureservedly to my girlfriend that my brain was empty and I could not ‘do’ proper sentences until I’d eaten something. 100% total cool dude.

We’re back in the studio over the Easter weekend. We’re totally nailing this ‘getting on with it’.

I’ll tell you all about it (you don’t have to read it).






























March, at last.

Hello everyone,

It’s March. You can’t stop Spring, now. Not even in Scotland. The Crocuses (Croci?) are up and daylight is hanging around a bit longer every day, being coaxed out of the Winter months as if we are only now managing to apologise for whatever offensive behaviour on our part caused it to slink away in October.

It’s been a quiet time for Kid Canaveral. We’ve done a couple of really enjoyable shows in the past couple of months (Celtic Connections, Pop South), but we’ve mostly been hidden away since Baubles V trying to put together the next bit of our third record. You may have noticed that we’ve welcomed a new member into the fold. If you haven’t, be prepared to say hello to Michael Craig. Michael is a very talented sort, who can play keys and tinker with computer things that are beyond the rest of our collective ken. It felt right to ask him to join now as he’s joined us onstage a number of times over the years, and he is just what we need to help us recreate all of noise that we have, and will have, on record.

Here is a picture of me and Michael on a bus:


So, what are we up to? Well, writing, is the short answer. Trying to bring together ideas to take into the recording studio in Castlemilk at the end of the month. A week in the studio. No pressure. We’ve already got most of two songs recorded from a session late last year. We’ve got a Christmas song to record. In March. If you take the two occurrences of the word Christmas out of it, it’s no longer that Christmassy. I like it too much to only play it two months of the year. So what do we do? I’m willing to go for two versions; a word swap and some sleigh bells. Effin’ sleigh bells, mate.

This record feels like a bit of a daunting task. I think that I am thinking about it too much. Last year was a strange one. To be nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award and have a picture of our album applauded at the Barrowlands was a surreal, wonderful, and beautiful experience, but it followed a 2013 where we felt that our attempts to promote our second record were severely hampered by uncertainty over things beyond our control. I really love our second record, and I’m still a bit sad that we didn’t get to tour it and promote it as much as our debut. First and foremost, I want to be as proud of this new record as I am of Now That You Are a Dancer. We knuckled down and had the most productive six months of our lives to produce that. So it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. Who knows what it’ll sound like, eh? I’ll post the odd photo from the studio along with potentially misleading information around the direction of the album…

Gabber. It’s going to be all Gabber.

Why am I rambling on? I suppose it is really just to say hello to those of you who are keen on our band, and to let you know that we’re not idly sitting about.

We’ve got some very attractive new t-shirts here.

There seems to still be a rather excellent sale going on in our webshop, too.

We’ll be playing at the Brew at the Bog Festival in May: http://www.skiddle.com/festivals/Brew-at-the-Bog/
you can catch Kate at Randolph’s Leap‘s third instalment of I Can’t Dance to This Music on 21 March, Tickets here: http://lostmap.com/…/randolphs-leap-present-i-cant-dance-to…;
and me, acoustically at CommonFest in April: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commonfest-tickets-15691486659

We’ll be out and about later in the year too, in a town near you. Relatively near you, anyways.

Should we write to you more often? Probably not, you cry, based on what you’ve just read.

Now it is time for us sod off to the NW Highlands to see in Rose’s birthday with a bunch of friends and kerry oots. I’m off to pack my guitar (writing), running shoes (for punishment) and whisky (for the weather).

See you soon






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On the First Day of Baublemas….


Only 12 short days until Christmas Baubles V at Portobello Town Hall. From now on, we’ll be revealing a number of extra special treats every single day to ensure that excitement levels have reached fever pitch come the 13th!

We open door number 1 on our Advent Canaveralar (sorry) to reveal a real proper (minor) celebrity. The new video from Bauble’s performers Randolph’s Leap is a belter and stars a very well known face from the past. We won’t ruin the surprise (unless you know your celeb moustaches from the pic below) but check out the video, premiering at Q Magazine right now, and you won’t be disappointed.

RANDOLPH’S LEAP VID: http://www.qthemusic.com/7437/randolphs-leap-weatherman/

And, of course, don’t forget to buy your Baubles tickets: http://www.kidcanaveral.co.uk/2012/products/tickets/christmas-baubles-v-tickets

Til tomorrow,

Kate xx



Christmas Baubles V – TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

Porty Xmas


Following a fourth straight sell-out last year we’re delighted to announce the return of our seasonal all-dayer KID CANAVERAL’S CHRISTMAS BAUBLES for its FIFTH annual installment, in conjunction with record label par excellence Lost Map. It’s all happening on SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER, from 2pm until midnight, again at the beautiful PORTOBELLO TOWN HALL, down by the seaside in Portobello, Edinburgh. The first artist announcement is that our label-mates Randolph’s Leap will be bringing their fun and puns to the seaside! Süper-earlybird tickets are on sale now, priced at just £20. We have very few süper-earlybird tickets left, so get in quick! Our second tier of early-bird tickets are priced at £22, which again are strictly limited, and the regular ticket price is a mere £25.

GET YOURS NOW:http://lostmap.com/tickets/kid-canaverals-christmas-baubles-v


Hi there,

Very excited to tell you about our new Skeletons EP, out yesterday on digital download postcard featuring exclusive remixes from Carbs, Synaesthete, Akira (Randolph’s Leap‘s Andrew MacLellan) and ADKVY (none other than Gal, sound engineer for both Shouting at Wildlife and Now That You Are a Dancer). They’ve all done a bloomin’ amazing job at re-imagining the song in 4 totally different ways. Available NOW in the Lost Map Shop for only £1. Or you can currently get all 10 Lost Map postcards for only £5.

If you haven’t already then do check out the ‘Skeletons’ video. Rose came up with the idea and Richie Morgan made it happen. It was really fun to make and not one of us had a terrible allergic reaction to the fluorescent facepaint. WIN.

This will be the final single from ‘Now That You Are a Dancer’ – We’ll be finishing up with a few more live dates over the summer and then knuckling down to work on some new material. Thanks to everyone for voting for the album in the SAY Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t make the short list of 10 but 1 out of 20 ain’t half bad and we really, really appreciate all your support.

Hope to see you in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lancashire or on the Planet Eigg in the next couple of months.

Bye for now,

Kate xx

PS If you enjoyed Synaesthete’s remix why not head over to her KickStarter Campaign and help her make a whole album. Only £10 for the album plus a booklet of her amazing illustrations too.

Kid Canaveral Upcoming Live shows

4/7/2014 Broadcast, Glasgow w/ Prehistoric Friends
19/7/2014 Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling, Isle of Eigg
1/8/2014 Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn, Lancashire
2/8/2014 Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh w/ Broken Records



How are you doing? Is it a bank holiday for you too? That’s nice if it is. I’m in Glasgow and the fizz in my holiday tipple was truly invigorated by the lightning.
I’ve VERY excited to tell you that we’ve been long-listed for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. In their own words:

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is a prestigious and exciting arts prize developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association to celebrate, promote and reward the most outstanding albums released by Scottish artists between January and December of the previous calendar year.  Inaugurated in partnership with Creative Scotland, The SAY Award promotes a longlist of twenty albums which, in turn, is reduced to a shortlist of ten in advance of the award ceremony when the winner is announced.

With a first prize of £20,000, nine runners-up prizes of £1,000 and an Art Commission valued at £20,000, The SAY Award is a hugely ambitious arts prize that reflects the cultural importance of music in Scotland, celebrates its links with the visual arts and rewards the extraordinary wealth of artistic talent we seem to effortlessly produce on an annual basis.

The SAY Award this year, has been an SMIA production in partnership with Creative Scotland, PPL and Clyde Gateway. 

The shortlist of 10 albums will be announced on Thursday 29 May, nine of which will be chosen by a panel of judges, with the tenth being voted for by the public. We’d be absolutely delighted if you’d take the time to click on the following link and vote for us: http://www.sayaward.com/the-albums
The voting is open from 12.01am on Monday 26 May and will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 May. 

If we won, we’d spend the money wisely. All at once. In Oddbins.


We’d make another album. With an orchestra. On the International Space Station. With Brian Eno.


We’re also going to be doing an intimate show in Glasgow on 4 July. Stick the date in your diaries and we’ll tell you more about it in the very near future.

In summary:
i) I hope you’re all grand
ii) Please, if it takes your fancy, vote for our album Now That You Are a Dancer on the SAY Award Website from one minute past Midnight (12.01am) on Monday 26 May (the polls are open as you read this) and encourage anybody who you know who is fond of us to do so too, until 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 May.
iii) We’re doing a wee show in Glasgow on 4 July. Stick the date on your wall planner.

Thank you


February News and Tour Dates


HIYA and welcome to February!

It’s been a busy year for us already, as we’ve been getting a whole host of things ready for later in 2014. We’ll let you know more about them in the coming months.

First of all, we’re off on tour to celebrate the release of our new single Who Would Want to be Loved? from our album Now That You Are a Dancer, on Lost Map Records. We’ll be launching our latest offering at Stereo in Glasgow on Friday 14th February with a special party we’re calling ‘Kid Canaveral’s Lumber* Party’. Not only do you get to enjoy live sets from us, Malcolm Middleton, and Randolph’s Leap and then dance into the wee hours to DJ sets from The Twilight Sad and TYCI, you get a copy of our new record on hot pink, heart-shaped vinyl included in your ticket price. All of that for £10… Incredible! We’ve not got many tickets left, so get yours here, while you still can.

The dates of the tour are:

14 Feb             GLASGOW, Stereo – Kid Canaveral’s Lumber Party – Tickets
15 Feb             WAKEFIELD, The Hop – Tickets
7 Mar               ABERDEEN, The Tunnels – Tickets
8 Mar               DUNDEE, Beat Generator – Tickets
9 Mar               LONDON, The Lexington – Tickets
22 Mar             LEICESTER, Firebug – Leicester Indiepop All-dayer – Tickets
29 Mar             MANCHESTER, Star and Garter – Tickets
3 May              BREW AT THE BOG FESTIVAL, Bogbain Farm – Tickets

Tickets are going rather quickly for all of the headline shows above, so to those of you who have bought tickets: Thank you! Anyone else who is thinking of coming, you’d best get yours as soon possible. We’d hate for you to miss out.

We’re having a wee bit of a SALE over on our webshop, plus we’ve got more of the very stylish and very attractive ‘Kid Canaveral On Yr Radio’ t-shirts back in stock. They sell out pretty much as soon as we restock them, so if you’re looking some sophisticated Springwear, best get clicking here, now. We’ve also reduced some of our vinyl to scandalously low prices. While we’re on shopping, have you seen Lost Map’s wonderful postcard range? Why not send a loved one some music, from wherever you may be?

Some exciting and interesting things are happening over at our record label…

Lost Map has just set up its new message board. You’ll find out about gigs and tickets and special things over there, first. That goes for us, and all the Lost Map roster. It’ll also have some exciting follow-up from Lumber Party and the other shows on our tour. You should go register and introduce yourselves. You’ll find it here: http://lostmap.boards.net/

Our labelmates and pals Randolph’s Leap are releasing their new record Clumsy Knot on 5 April in Glasgow.  They’ll be coming on tour with us on the aforementioned tour dates. You should get this record when it comes out. It’s awfy good. Also, excellent Glasgow pop trio Tuff Love have joined the ranks here at Lost Map. You should check them out. They’re brilliant.

Anyway, hope you’re well and we that we’ll see you soon.


Kid C x x x

PS Check out our Facebook and Twitter, eh?

*For those of you not from the Glasgow area and thus immune to the pun here: “A lumber is a person one meets at a dance or party and with whom one establishes an amorous relationship (e.g. ‘you’ll have no chance of getting a lumber if you act like a sexist moron’).”

Christmas Wrapping (up)

Kid C onstage at Christmas Baubles IV. Pic by Stephanie Gibson.

Kid C onstage at Christmas Baubles IV. Pic by Stephanie Gibson.

Hello to you all,

I am absolutely shattered. I am absolutely delighted. What an incredible afternoon and night Saturday was. Thank you so much to everyone that came along.

Heartfelt thanks to Laura Doherty, Clarissa Cheong, Katie Campbell, David McElroy, Fiona Buckle, Dylan Matthews, Graeme Anderson, Scott Longmuir, Alex Livingstone, Shonagh Massie, Armida Taylor, Owen Williams, Ali Davison, Paul Northcott, Sus Divit, Rollo Strickland, Gemma Lawrence, Tamsin Cunningham, Karen Connelly, Jacob W Bee, Bruce McMaster, Mirna La Ladrona, Yvonne Stevenson, Hannah Shepherd, Bar Towel, Rosalind Leyden, Rose Jamieson, and Cara McIlwraith, our volunteers who tirelessly staffed the bar, front desk and generally helped Christmas Baubles IV actually happen. Thank you to Ella Duncan who manned our merch desk all day. Thank you to Michael Craig, our bar manager. Thank you to Stephanie Gibson for beautiful photos. Thank you to Richie Morgan for filming. Thank you to Colin and Sharon, our beautiful seahorses. Thank you to Ben, Chloe and Jade Milne from Fisher and Donaldson for their fantastic baked treats. Thank you to all of our door staff from Strikeforce Security. Thank you to Tim Matthew, Bryan and Grant for their incredible sound skills. Thank you to Erik Johnson for the fantastic lights. Thank you to Paul and Malcolm at Portobello Town Hall. Thank you to the good folk of Portobello. Thank you to David Galletly for the beautiful poster. Thank you to Siobhan Wilson, Rozi Plain, This Many Boyfriends, The Pictish Trail & Massacre Cave, Tuff Love, De Rosa and Edwyn Collins for fantastic performances. Thank you to the Cairn String Quartet for playing with us again and making our set feel really rather special. Thank you to Tom from Gold Flake Paint and to Lomond Campbell and River of Slime for their DJing skills.

I felt really rather moved and overwhelmed a number of times on Saturday. Seeing the whole hall dancing to Edwyn – What Presence! What a performer! Seeing De Rosa back together on a stage and sounding better than ever was just incredible. Sadly, because of all the running about that me and the rest of the Canaverals have to do at these things, I never get to see everything. I’m very excited to see more of Tuff Love. Siobhan Wilson was the perfect start to the day. Rozi always tugs my heart strings. The energy of This Many Boyfriends always cheers me. I doubt anyone could possibly dislike The Pictish Trail with Massacre Cave as his band.

It was our first year in the beautiful Portobello Town Hall and the first year putting on a Baubles in conjunction with our new record label Lost Map Records. A big thank you to Johnny, Kate and Malcolm at Lost Map is definitely in order. I am absolutely delighted to continue working with Johnny Lynch at his new label. We all are. There’s been a lot written, including a lot of speculation and conjecture, about the demise of our old label Fence Records and what is actually going to continue under that name. What happens to that name, I’ve no idea, but the spirit of the Fence Records that I spent a little over a decade attending the events of, releasing records on, and helping out with will live on as Lost Map Records. I have absolute faith in that, not to mention in Johnny Lynch, the person who put his faith in us for a long time before anyone else did. And with that, no more. Goodbye Fence, hello Lost Map.

We’ve got a new tour coming up to promote our new single ‘Who Would Want to be Loved?’ in February and beyond (details here) and there are going to be a whole load of very exciting Lost Map and Kid Canaveral things happening in 2014, including Kid Canaveral’s Lumber Party and Howlin’ Fling. I guess this’ll be the last blog post of the year, so I’d like to thank everyone who has come to see us, bought our records, put us on, let us sleep at their house, fed us, told their friends about us, fed us, filled us with drink, fed us, played us on the radio, played on their podcast, interviewed us, filled us with drink, wrote about us, fed us, stocked our records, fed us, and who helped us out in any other manner. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2013 has been a difficult year at times, but we’ve released the best thing we’ve ever done (Now That You are a Dancer – with more gorgeous artwork from Eve McConnachie) and I’ve nothing but positive feelings about where 2014 is going to take us. Loads to tell and all that.

We’ve got one last show this year at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh for the Christmas Songwriters’ Party on Sunday 22nd December at which we’ll be performing a couple of our own Christmassy Tunes. Tickets and details here.

Finally, a thank you to Kate, Rose and Scott, who put up with all of my shite over tens of thousands of miles every year. Bandmates and friends extraordinaires.

Have a great holiday season, whatever you are or aren’t celebrating, and have a safe and fun-filled Hogmanay.

Thank you, again, so very much.