Formed in 2013 in Wrexham, North Wales, Kidsmoke consists of: Lance Williams (Vocals/Guitar), James Stickels on (Bass/Vocals), Sophie Ballamy on (Guitar/Vocals) and Ash Turner (Drums). They quickly rose to prominence in April that year following the release of their debut EP ‘Higher’.
The band have gone from strength to strength after reaching the final of the Green Man Rising competition in 2015; after which they have played the festival twice and also supported the likes of Paul Smith (Maximo Park), Glass Animals, Satellite Stories and Widowspeak.
Their 3rd EP ‘Save Your Sorrow’ was released in June 2017 after having been awarded the Horizons Launchpad Fund from BBC Cymru Wales/Arts Council Wales. The EP was recorded with Russ Hayes of Orange Sound Studios, Penmaenmawr with artwork from local Welsh artists Mike Payne and Andy Garside. Singles from the EP made it onto official Spotify playlists as well as airwaves nationwide, including BBC Radio 6 Music, Amazing Radio, Radio X and a live session on BBC Radio Wales with Janice Long.
The band are currently touring to promote their new EP including shows at Festival No.6 and Sŵn Festival in Cardiff.
The four-piece note The Smiths, The Beatles, Wild Nothing and Real Estate among their influences and have garnered a reputation for producing well-crafted, catchy indie-pop nuggets with a dynamic, well polished live-presence to boot.
“Kidsmoke continue to make a name for themselves as purveyors of uplifting indie” – Line of Best Fit
“If you class yourself as a die-hard fan of indie music, Welsh band Kidsmoke will make for a very exciting proposition” – Indie Shuffle
“Sounding something like Wild Nothing had Jack Tatum grown-up within the grey concrete confines of a city only slowly finding its feet.” – GoldFlakePaint
“Echoes of peak period Aztec Camera” – The Devil Has The Best Tuna
“I bloody love Kidsmoke. No fuss or stupid melodrama, just great, great songs.” – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
Lance Williams (Vox, Guitar)
James Stickels (Bass, Vox)
Sophie Ballamy (Guitar, Vox)
Ash Turner (Drums)
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