WORDS BY : Henry Calvert

Working class culture and coastal resorts have gone hand-in-hand since the dawn of the industrial revolution. On the message of their music, their past year and new music, we chatted to Jack Wilson of Hasting’s own horror show, Kid Kapichi, the post-punk quartet who are riding the rip tide that is 2020.

All we can do is expect more and if they don’t want to give it, then you take it.”

With Hastings dubbed the ‘Shoreditch of Sussex’ Jack comments : “We reluctantly accept that name, I think we have a lot more soul and character in Hastings but I would say that, wouldn’t I?”. The town seems to have had its own musical revolution recently with Jack adding “something magical has happened the last 5-6 years or so. So many amazing bands and artists to come out of there. Sam Wills, Green Tea Peng, Liane Carroll, Marie White. It’s such a melting pot of good music and the crowds there are so open and just ready for absolutely anything.”

Hastings isn’t as popular as when factory workers came to find an escape from their back-breaking jobs and Kid Kapichi aren’t ones to shy away from social issues in their tracks. Touching on the rich hunting and exploiting the poor in Thugs, Jack says : “The way we see our work to social life ratio has changed during this time. People are starting to see the cracks appear in what we all accepted as ‘life’. Hopefully things will change for the better after all this and people may value their time more and not be so willing to commit 90% of their week to working for nothing.” before continuing “all we can do is expect more and if they don’t want to give it, then you take it.”

“I remember in particular my dad playing me Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey in a Jar the day I got my first guitar

With a lot more time on their hands the band have launched their own podcast titled ‘Lockdown Lowdown’ featuring some amazing guests like Wolf Alice’s Joel Amey. Jack explains why they started it, “We wanted to keep in touch with our fans and now more than ever there feels like there is a lot to be talked about.”

In the podcast, they touch on nostalgic albums and fond childhood memories, and Jack reveals one of the favourite moments of his past, “I remember in particular my dad playing me Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in a Jar” the day I got my first guitar, I must have been only 10 or something, and he said to me, ‘one day you’ll be able to play like that’. That always stuck with me and that tune always held a special place in my heart for that reason.”

The band closed last year on tour with their now brother Frank Carter with Jack reminiscing: “In Paris, on the first night Frank called me up on stage to sing the final song with him. After the show he told me I had to do that every night of the tour with him. It was insane singing ‘I hate you’ with an idol of mine every single night. Still have to pinch myself.” Making memories of their own they kicked off the year with a debut headline tour that was reluctantly cut short and a headline at London’s infamous Scala floating in the air.

Speaking of the tour, Jack added “ “We were so grateful to finish 90% of that debut headline tour just before it all went mental. Think we sold out 7 out of 11 shows which blew our mind.” With no shows they’ve been able to focus on and perfect their first album of which Jack comment “expect a lot of new music and not just recycled tunes from the past. It has a strong running theme and I’d say if you like what you’ve heard so far, then you’re going to love it.”

Like many others, Kid Kapichi have had their year curtailed, but they’re sure to be shining like cockles on the shoreline when the tide finally pulls back. But for now, soak up three of Jack’s favourite albums in solitude: Demob Happy– Holy Doom , Dave– PSYCHODRAMA, Arctic Monkeys– Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

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