Formerly of THE MODERN and later MATINEE CLUB, Nathan Cooper debuted as KID KASIO with the long player ‘Kasiotone’ in 2012. And with his latest single ‘Full Moon Blue’, he simply couldn’t get any Wilder…
Performing alongside MARSHEAUX and RODNEY CROMWELL at TEC004 on SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2016 in Norwich, Cooper is a man who is plainly honest about where his influences lie. His love of electronic acts such as HOWARD JONES and OMD permeates throughout his work.
His most recent album ‘Sit & Wait’ is a fine collection of playful synthpop that is unafraid to nails its colours to the mast in a totally unpretentious and uncontrived manner. Now imagine if DEPECHE MODE were fronted by Nik Kershaw instead of Dave Gahan?
With ‘Full Moon Blue’, this musical fantasy is fully realised with a clever interpolation of ‘Two Minute Warning’, one of the songwriting contributions from Alan Wilder on ‘Construction Time Again’. The recording had originally started life as a cover version, but mutated into its own entity.
‘Full Moon Blue’ comes accompanied with a promo video sourced from home movie footage; “It’s compiled from footage of an old VHS tape a friend found in a box in his mum’s attic. It’s a film we made on camcorder when we were 18. A kung fu film” said Cooper, “I’ve just kind of thrown it together, but it kind of works. It’s certainly not a video I would have planned for the song, but I think that’s better sometimes. I was keen not to spend 2 years making a video this time around, like I did with ‘The Kodo Song’ and this came with a ready-made back story, so I thought ‘why not?’”.
Having previously worked with the likes of Stephen Hague who produced ERASURE, NEW ORDER and PET SHOP BOYS, KID KASIO has a quality background.
He said to TEC in 2015: “Whether I release it in 2013 or 2016, it’s still going to sound like 1985!” – in the case of ‘Full Moon Blue’, KID KASIO parties like its 1983!
But as James Nice of Les Disques du Crépuscule, one of the DJs at TEC004, said recently to The Ransom Note: “I have no problem at all with something new being imitative as long as it’s good”. And TEC agrees…
‘Full Moon Blue’ will be featuring on ‘The Electricity Club’ 2CD compilation to be released on Undo Records alongside recordings by ERASURE, OMD, MESH, SIN COS TAN, MARNIE, SECTION 25, MIRRORS, POLLY SCATTERGOOD, KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS, VILE ELECTRODES, TENEK, ANALOG ANGEL, NIGHT CLUB, METROLAND, RODNEY CROMWELL, MAISON VAGUE, DAYBEHAVIOR, QUEEN OF HEARTS, iEUROPEAN featuring WOLFGANG FLÜR and many more.
KID KASIO plays TEC004 on SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2016 at Epic Studios, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1JD – also appearing will be MARSHEAUX + RODNEY CROMWELL with DJs James Nice of Les Disques du Crépuscule and Paul Boddy of The Electricity Club
Doors open for the show at 6.45pm with the first band on stage at 7.30pm
Tickets are £16 in advance, £20 at the door – available direct from the box office on 01603 727727 or online at
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Text by Chi Ming Lai
TEC004 Artwork by Mark Walker @ MNW Visual Communications
15th September 2016