What a joy it is to finally get to write these sleevenotes, having long been a fan of the GK oeuvre. Gods Kitchen is a most peculiar band, having been around for probably more years than they’ve played gigs. They’re sort of like a comfortable pair of leather slippers that you leave in the wardrobe and occasionally get out for a bit of gardening, being assured of their fit and durability.
That’s not to say that this is an easy walk through the band’s past, there are the raw maelstroms of 'Told Her At The Time', 'Come Into My Room' and 'The Boy Who Loved Aeroplanes' to balance the thoughtful ('Before You Go', 'Put Me Down', 'Walk'), with a healthy dose of upbeat powerpop in 'Here Comes The Rain', 'Still Sad About Us' and 'Brilliant Blonde' somewhere in between.
Shane Kirk’s songs (and largely, this is what you have here) tend to be personal but inclusive and relevant, and draw on timeless themes that I as his friend happen to know (or can have a good guess at) the origins of. There are several ‘in jokes’, references to other artists both famous and unknown, but all things considered, these embellishments never detract from the material’s considered touch.
In mastering this CD for release, I was occasionally thwarted by less than perfect source material, as the only surviving recordings of some of this stuff reside on very old cassette tapes. I have spent many happy hours doing my best to bring them back to life with some digital help, so please forgive some dubious hisses and crackles from time to time, I’m hoping to have captured the essence whilst making something fit for CD release.
Having said all that, the only way to really listen to Gods Kitchen is live, but as a Gods Kitchen gig is about as likely as an earthquake in Surrey, this will probably have to do you for now. I commend Gods Kitchen to the house.
released September 12, 2012
Tracks 1 to 5 (2001) - Shane Kirk, Stephen Dean, Gibbon & Steven Mears. Tracks 6 to 10 (1991) - Shane Kirk, Stephen Dean & Gibbon plus Stephen Constable & James Partridge on backing vocals. Tracks 11 to 17 (1992) - Shane Kirk, Stephen Dean, Gibbon & Stephen Constable plus James Partridge & Paul Read on backing vocals and so on. Track 18 - Live rehearsal recording 199? - Shane Kirk, Stephen Dean & Gibbon. Track 19 - from Mr Kirk’s personal collection. Track 20 - Live rehearsal recording 1992. Compiled by James Partridge.
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