Influences & Essentials: KID KAPICHI


Kid Kapichi’s new album, Here’s what you could have won, is available now on Spinefarm Records. Their best songs explore racism, working poverty, mental health, violence, frustration and all-consuming love with honesty and humor. All of their songs are strewn with barbed wire hooks, bristling with the quivering shock of lived experience, the cathartic thrill of a balled fist relaxing into an air punch.

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The streets “Do not attack each other”

It’s hard to pick just one song Original pirate material, because this whole album is a source of inspiration for us. Lyricism and storytelling, productions, drum sounds, the list goes on. This album turned 20 this year and still sounds so fresh.

Stone Age Queens “Turning the Screw”

We have been QOTSA fans since we were kids. One of Ben’s very first gigs was seeing them at the Brighton Dome – a formative moment for wanting to play heavy music. Again, the production of this track sounds fresh next to anything modern, and their use of organic yet processed sounds to create unique sounding productions is definitely inspiring for us.

Ghost Town Specials

It’s the one that surprises people sometimes, but we all really love The Specials and their sound has definitely seeped into our stuff – their use of backing vocals and creating haunting atmospheres on the recording, as well as the lyrical themes and the atmosphere of the lyrical performance. This song is a regular soundtrack on the Kapichi tour bus



It’s one of the first songs we wrote just as we were beginning to cultivate a sound that felt like the beginning of where we are now in terms of writing and production. It’s sure to be a fan favorite, and it always sets our stomachs on fire when we play it live.

“New England”

It was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album, this and “INVU”. We were at the start of really finding this hybrid, more beat-driven version of the Kapichi sound. This approach has really helped us reach new heights with the way the record can sonically explode.

“Heist the supermarket”

We wrote this one closer to the end of the albu’s writing cycle. It was one that flowed quickly and pretty much wrote itself. Another one that’s really mean to play live, a good tempo to just bounce around on stage.

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