Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
Kassassin Street are Rowan Bastable (guitar, vocals), Tom Wells (bass, vocals), Andy Hurst (keys, samples), Ryan Hill (guitar, vocals) and Nathan Hill (drums).
“Since we were in school me (Nathan) and front man Rowan Bastable used to jam just for the sheer fun of making noise, we always knew we’d start a band, it was just a case of when.”
“Things really came together when we went to college, we starting jamming with my brother Ryan and new friends Andy and Tom. Around this time we would just experiment with sounds, songs, different vibes etc. Eventually, we realised we had enough songs for a set, and it was probably time to start gigging. It was all very organic, we’re not one of those GM bands!”
WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“The subject matter of the lyrics varies from song to song, sometimes it seems obvious and literal, and other times a bit broader and surreal. I’m not sure it’s always a good idea to go into specifics, if they mean different things to different people then that’s great.”
“Musically we just soak up what we can when we can. There’s so much good music around wherever you turn. Watching bands live is still where it’s at, now more than ever. If you want inspiration then go to a gig!”
WHERE did they grow up?
“We all grew up in Portsmouth. The people of Portsmouth are very passionate but they are also hard to impress, you have to work very hard to get an audience dancing, but when they do they go crazy, it’s very all or nothing. That definitely had an affect on how we play live, unless we’re gonna turn up and give it everything, there’s no real point.”
WHY are they called Kassassin Street?
“I suppose this is another way our hometown has shaped our band, it gave us our name. Kassassin Street is a road in Portsmouth and let’s face it, it’s great road name isn’t it? It sounds a bit dangerous but still quite civilised, like where James Bond might get his watch repaired or something! I’d much rather live down there than somewhere like ‘Wooly Pickle Crescent’.”
WHEN can I see them live?
26th Nov: Leeds, Kazoopa Festival
2nd Dec: Brighton, Sticky Mikes
3rd Dec: Liverpool, Arts Club
14th Dec: Southampton, The Joiners
15th Dec: Derby, The Venue
17th Dec: Manchester, Night & Day Cafè
Listen to Do or Die off their upcoming FREAK EP (out early 2017)