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As according to stereotype it was raining the last time Kyle Field came to London, and when he came in the front door of the Kilburn (a north London pub underneath the Luminaire, a small new venue which prides itself on treating its bands like human beings, and sports dark and velvety surroundings in which to display them), but witnesses could neither confirm nor deny whether the great bearded one was shoed or not.
Mr. Field is the leader of a San Luis Obispo group called Little Wings, a skateboarding band with a surfing sensibility which has put out more albums than years it has been together and does not appear to be slowing its production rate. Some might call him the Bonnie Prince of California, and reports are that the last time Will Oldham was asked what he was listening to he replied, "Little Wings". Others have compared Field to (yes, boring by now I know, but significant still) Bob Dylan -although not favourably- and one must admit to some similarities: the uncannily catchy songs; the contested quality of the singing voice; the loose and easy, somewhat psychedelic rambling; the proficiency; the lack of loyalty to the recorded structure of the tunes.
It is indeed all of those things, and quite a few more, that make Kyle Field remarkable, if not widely known. The Luminaire gig drew some 50 people, which was an improvement on the fistful which appeared for his low-profile appearance at Tonic in London six months previous, and the crowd seemed respectful and maybe even a little bit mesmerised. Beyond all of this, the Little Wings frontman could be an altogether different rarity in the ever-pretentious legions of "indie" rockers in that he appears to be a genuinely nice guy.
It isn't quite clear what needs to happen to make this band called Little Wings achieve as much reverence as they deserve, but then it is equally unclear as to whether or not the band desires it. They certainly deserve it, but the deciding factor could possibly be attributed to another rare quality in the world of pop music: aversion to fame. On the other hand all of this analysis could simply be overkill; Little Wings may just be too busy skateboarding.
In a recent email correspondence, Mr, Field was asked what had happened to a talented cohort of his whom he played with in London more than a year ago: mean Lee Baggett. His response was that Baggett had "recorded a new album and is too lazy or unorganized or uninterested to rlease [sic] it." Field also intimated that he himself was
. "writing a lot of new songs
. but have yet to record
Whatever new writing may or may not have taken place, at the Luminaire there was no mention of a new album -nor any of his previous ones for that matter- nor was there a table with goodies to buy on it. Just a show, without shoes. SEE ALSO: www.kyledraws.com
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A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.
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