BLACK CURRANT MAG
On stage, this post-punk/shoegaze couple might look and sound like they are chased by some pretty dark and intense thoughts, but in real life they just love playing tennis and drinking pink, Portuguese wine for leisure. Oh wait – they also like to get in boats with strange, bloody Russians and they might or might not have hallucinated a two-story high lobster whilst playing a gig. Read more about the light and the dark side of THE KVB.
Name: The KVB
Date: August 26, 2019
Location: Eindhoven, Fuzz Club Festival 2019
Favourite city to play in:
Kat: “I like Moscow a lot, but is it my favourite? Mexico City was also great, but that was only once, does that matter? Moscow mainly because the crowd was so amazing. There were all these really young people and I think it was maybe 70% female, mostly under 20, who all were very into it. Even at parts of our show where normally nobody jumps around, they were all jumping.”
Nick: “I don’t know. This might be a bit traditional and boring but I guess Paris. It’s just such a nice and beautiful place to be and play. Or otherwise Berlin, for the same reason.”
Top 3 unexpected tour essentials:
1 — DRY SHAMPOO
Kat: “I first discovered dry shampoo in – I think – 2005. I met this girl at Leeds Festival with amazing hair and she told me to use it. It’s a tour/festival essential and my life has never been the same.”
2 — A CLOTHING HAND-WASHER
“It’s a little tool that helps you wash your clothes on tour. You don’t want to play an amazing gig with dirty, bad-looking clothes. I do talk a lot about washing, don’t I… It’s all the touring, sorry…”
3 — TEMPUR TRAVEL PILLOWS
“We’ve got these very expensive special pillows, they are made from something called memory foam. We got them for free, but to get them we had to go to this furniture and beds shop and pretend to test out all these beds and look really serious about buying mattresses. They feel amazing though and I cannot sleep without them anymore.
BONUS — A CHICKEN
“One time we tried to eat more healthy and to avoid all the over-processed bad motorway service station food and so we bought a whole cooked chicken and salad for the van. It wasn’t that clever though, and kinda messy and gross, so it was a temporary/failed essential.”
Best festival memory:
Kat: “We did some crazy things in Russia, in Moscow. Once we got into a boat with a very random Russian guy and as soon as we got on I started thinking: ‘…was it smart to just do this? He is taking us somewhere and we don’t know where we are going at all.’ For a second I thought he was just going to kidnap us or drop us in the water. That festival was already very weird on its own anyway, they didn’t even have an alcohol license and it was shut down by the police of who some of them had blood on their faces. Later we got told that the organisation told the government that it was supposed to be an ‘Ecological Sports Festival’. Does this sound like I’ve dreamt it?”
What club, other than Fuzz Club, would you want to belong to?
Nick: “That has got to be a tennis club, right Kat? We play tennis together, well, against each other. We are still learning.”
Kat: “He has me running around and wins most of the time but I like it anyway. He’s especially cruel with the drop-shots. I have a proper white tennis-skirt too which I love. Nicholas wears black, so he’s doesn’t look like a real tennis player… except for the white trainers.”
Nick: “If I could start my own tennis club with my own rules it would be great. All black outfits for everyone and my own set of rules to make it more easy.”
Kat: “And you get a point as long as you hit the ball, it doesn’t have to go in between the lines or cross the net.”
Draw, from memory, the fuzziest moment of this summer:
Nick: “This one’s for Kat, she’s the one with the art degree…”
Kat: “The giant lobster in Portugal. We played a festival in Portugal and there was a two story high lobster on the stage. It looked like it was gonna get us with his claws while we played. Apparently it was a tradition there. We played together with the band TOY and they like to party a lot and we were all pretty drunk. The more we drank, the more alive the lobster looked. I had a very bad and rough day the next day. Portuguese pink wine is very nice, but I felt like it gave me hallucinations that night with the lobster, so we are drawing that in too. Looking back at the pictures we look pretty normal, luckily.”
THE KVB HAVE A NORTH AMERICA TOUR COMING UP. TO CELEBRATE, THEY ARE RELEASING A NEW EP ‘SUBMERSION’ DIGITALLY ON THE 4TH of OCTOBER. THE LIMITED EDITION VINYL EP WILL BE ON SALE EXCLUSIVELY AT THEIR UPCOMING TOUR DATES.
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