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The Dancer Who Stole Your Shoes

by The KB Band

Clever lyrics, jazzy drumming, bluesy guitar and funky basslines- Jackie Hayden-Hotpress Magazine
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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2. Penultimate Whiskey
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3. The Dancer Who Stole Your Shoes
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4. Recollections of Shannon
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5. Who You Are
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6. Make His Day
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7. Don't Touch My Hair
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8. Garcias Lorry Journey (Funkin Ridiculous)
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9. A Kind of Friend
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10. In Your Eyes
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11. Mystery to Me
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12. I Dont Get to Choose
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13. Hotpants Campbell
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14. Telephone Conversations
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The KB Band are:

Adam Burke - drums, vocals
Keith Burke - guitar, vocals
Ian Langton - bass

The band formed in mid 2002. Straight away we started to gig at home and in Dublin City. At first we mainly played songs that Keith played at his solo acoustic gigs, we added and changed bits to suit the band and the songs seemed to move in a bluesy/jazzy direction based on influences such as Peter Green, Tom Waits, Freddie King e.t.c. It must be said that Keith still plays solo gigs and singer songwriter nights around Dublin and you can check up on his latest at www.keithburke.com

We then slowly began to write some songs as a band which allowed us all some input. So armed with a lengthly set-list we played a lot of gigs around Dublin over a period of about two years. Playing such venues as The Mezzanine, The Temple Bar Music Centre, The Boom Boom Room, Liberty Hall, Trinity College e.t.c. The experience of playing together for two years taught us a lot, especially the dynamics of a band. We learned about the habits of each other on stage, which allowed us to play some improv and experiment a little, but we still have things to learn, which we hope we'll grasp with time.

In October 2003 we began to record what is now our first album "The Dancer Who Stole Your Shoes".
The whole album was recorded at home and with a lot of help from friends and family we finally finished it in March 2004.

Since then it has been reviewed by countless amounts of people, papers and magazines. We were lucky enough to be chosen as the Hotpress Pick of the Fortnight, which has brought a lot of interest our way.

"clever lyrics, jazzy drumming, funky bass-lines and bluesy guitar, what rattles between the ears is of a high standard, rhythm to tempt the most stubborn feet" - Jackie Hayden - Hotpress

"worth a listen, sumptuous vocals" - The Irish Times

"the kb bands grilled plate of meaty jazz swerves and soft funk brine can't help but propel these Dubs way past the usual routine of rock n' roll internship, a band with infinite possibilites" - In Dublin Magazine


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Fantastic Album, really loved the lyrics. Very nice to listen. Some of the songs really spoke to me where I was at.

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This Dublin based trio have released an album that is as appetizing on every lis
The KB Band
A review of their album 'The Dancer Who Stole Your Shoes'

Review Snapshot:
This Dublin based trio have released an album that is as appetizing on every listen as it is when first discovered. Fusing together elements of jazz and alt country with indie pop rock, it is a remarkable debut.

The CLUAS Verdict?
8 out of 10

Full review:
Anyone who picks up a copy of this album should read the inner booklet as the first track 'Frankly My Dear' begins to spin. In between thanking many people for their inspiration and support, the band writes a heartfelt message, which is very uncommon from modern artists. It proves just how much a struggling band work on their sound and how all their efforts will be worthwhile if 'one person listening to the music on this cd feels for just a second some of the magic and fun we feel when we play it'. That sort of note is a sincere and welcome inclusion on any cd.


And as for the music itself? Whether it be a playful tune ('Don't Touch My Hair'), a unfeigned ballad ('A Kind Of Friend'), or a commanding instrumental ('Penultimate Whiskey'), The KB Band saunter through the album's duration with an indomitable appeal. John Earle wraps up the title track in an overcoat of funky proportions thanks to his great saxophone work.

Other notable contributions are Joanne Doherty's piano on the opening song and Ciara Allen's angelic vocals on 'Recollections Of Shannon' & 'Make His Day'. Allen helps make the two songs she appears on delectable and could easily find a place on any of the other songs with her exquisite voice. In contrast to this, Keith Burke's singing on the whole album is top notch. The drums, bass, guitar and harmonica all extol the band's talents but it is Burke's vocals that stand out above all else.

The guitars and drums on 'In Your Eyes', the honesty of 'Telephone Conversations' and snaking rhythm of 'Who You Are' all help to transform this record into something special. This band deserves your attention and this album deserves a home within your collection.

Gareth Maher

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These 3 Dublin lads combine alt. rock, blues, jazz,and contemporary folk infleun
THE KB BAND are 3 talented lads from County Dublin, Ireland, who fuse rock and funk, with tastes of soul, jazz and loads more. Their sound is definitly original, and the cd which we got to choose these tracks from, a 14 track album called "THE DANCER WHO STOLE YOUR SHOES", their debut offering, was released mid-2004 to great acclaim in their native country. They have bridged a lot of styles on the album, bringing high energy funk tracks, both Instrumental and vocal, uplifting rocky numbers, and even some delicate acoustic tunes together on a very well rounded, and entertaining album. Their instrumentation was the thing that got to us most... If you like your music full of live feeling, then the album is well worth checking out.

THE KB BAND formed in 2002, and are a family affair. Brothers KEITH and ADAM BURKE, and their cousin, IAN LANGTON are the mainstay of this group, though they do regularly have guest musicians/vocalists involved in their music to great effect. They started off as a group, showcasing a lot of songs that KEITH had wrote for his own solo gigs, but over time they added/changed bits of them songs which seemed to take the music in a bluesy/jazzy direction. Over time they slowly began to write tracks as a group, and this is the way they currently do things, allowing all members a decent input into the songwriting process, which we feel really works well for this group. KEITH still does his solo thing at various venues around Dublin, but the main focus for all 3 lads, and their manager, PETE FRANCIS is to get the KB train firmly on the tracks.

Their collective musical infleunces come from the likes of PETER GREEN, TOM WAITS, FREDDIE KING, FLEETWOOD MAC, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, DAVID GRAY, PAUL SIMON, CREAM, and many, many more. You can sure get this from listening to their music, as they seem to have taken it all in, and decided to spit it out in their own original way. They bring the best of rock, funk, and soul together on some very well-crafted numbers, and as a group are equally suited to the studio or the stage. They started gigging almost within hours of becoming a group, back in 2002, and do the live thing as much as possible, often including guest performers in their sets. They have played at plenty of quality Dublin venues, including, THE MEZZANINE, THE TEMPLE BAR MUSIC CENTRE, THE BOOM BOOM ROOM, LIBRERTY HALL, and even made an appearance at TRINITY COLLEGE. The group say...."The experience of playing together for two years taught us a lot, especially the dynamics of a band. We learned about the habits of each other on stage, which allowed us to play some improv and experiment a little, but we still have things to learn, which we hope we'll grasp with time."



The Irish press have taken to them very well, with some of the most respected publications warmly recieving the "THE DANCER WHO STOLE YOUR SHOES" cd which we have featured....

"clever lyrics, jazzy drumming, funky bass-lines and bluesy guitar, what rattles between the ears is of a high standard, rhythm to tempt the most stubborn feet" - (JACKIE HAYDEN - HOTPRESS)

"worth a listen, sumptuous vocals" (THE IRISH TIMES)

"the kb bands grilled plate of meaty jazz swerves and soft funk brine can't help but propel these Dubs way past the usual routine of rock n' roll internship, a band with infinite possibilites" - (IN DUBLIN MAGAZINE)

The group started recording this album, back in October 2003, and it was finished, and on the shelves, by May 2004. It was all totally recorded at home in KEITHS house, which makes the sound even more remarkable. They have done a decent job overall as far as production is concerned, getting great results from the vocals, and the countless instruments used throughout. The album was chosen as the (much-coverted in Ireland) HOTPRESS PICK OF THE FORTNIGHT in June and has really established the group as quality newcomers on the home scene. At the moment the group is writing and recording their second album, which they are very excited about, and we cant wait to hear it. We will pass on news about that as soon as it comes in.