Biggest show yet for Guide award winners

Kassassin Street
Kassassin Street
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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The winners of this year’s Best Band title at The Guide awards are playing their biggest solo show to date tomorrow.

Kassassin Street will be bringing their dark psychedelia to the Wedgewood Rooms, as they gear up for a busy summer.

Frontman Rowan Bastable says: ‘This gig has been a long time coming.

‘It’s taken us a couple of years to really get it together, and it’s only in the past year that we’ve really been pushing it hard.’

And over the past few months they’ve been recording at the prestigious Konk Studios in London with rising producer Tristan Ivemy.

Tristan was once a member of another Guide award winning band – Gilkicker.

‘To be invited up there by Tristan, who’s done all sorts of great things – like Frank Turner’s England Keep My Bones – was amazing,’ explains Rowan.

‘We’ve been doing it on his down time, so it’s taken a while, but he’s at a stage now in his career where he doesn’t have to work on things that he doesn’t want to. I think he was chuffed that he had found a band from back home that he really liked and wanted to help.’

They’ve also got a stunning-looking video to go with one of the new songs, Royal Handkerchief Ballet, not that you’ll spot the five-piece in it.

‘We wanted something that’s quite visual and artistic, but we were also adamant that we didn’t want to be in it. We want people to watch it and hear the music without seeing us. It’s not like we’re that good-looking’ says Rowan. ‘If they like it, then they can see what we look like later.

‘It was done by Nazare Soares for us, who’s a friend of a friend, and she’s done a fantastic job.’

A three-song EP will be released on May 26.

They will also be playing at the Isle of Wight Festival in June, and the city’s own Victorious Festival in August.

Support on Saturday comes from Curxes and Juice.

Tickets cost £6 and doors open at 8pm. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or call (023) 9286 3911.

n See the video for Royal Handkerchief Ballet at portsmouth.co.uk/video