First Signs of Love N0 161. Kitty Finer


Solo artist Kitty Finer will be releasing brand new single ‘Girls In The Garage’ in September, the single is taken from previous EP ‘Lobby Star’ ahead of it’s release we invite you to check out the brilliant video directed by Raincoats member and filmmaker Gina Birch who has previously made promos for the likes of The Libertines, New Order and The Veils.

We love the acerbic wit of the lyrics and downbeat, deadpan vocal delivery slightly reminiscent of Justine Frischmann, set against the upbeat brass. It’s hard to take your eyes of this video, we particularly like the spinning girl in the green boiler suit.

Kitty met Gina Birch after Gina heard Kitty singing her songs with Finn Andrews of The Veils on a Resonance Radio show. It led to a friendship between two women of charisma, grit and brilliance; two art-school girls who exchanged messages across generations, expressed through the wit of ‘Girls In The Garage’.

Written following a house party in Bristol (where Kitty lived while at art school), ‘Girls In The Garage’ is a jaunty dub with flourishes of mariachi brass and an Ethiopian-inspired sax solo played by Kitty’s dad, Jem Finer of The Pogues. The prominent brass section is completed by Dan Hayes of Fine Print and Pete Fraser of Down I Go, two of Kitty’s old-skool school friends.

Kitty might not currently be part of a girl band but for the video she put together a dream team composed of family and friends who she thought would make a brilliant fictional girl band. Members of this group include rappers, DJs, academics, teachers and artists. Watch them all in exuberant action in ‘Girls In The Garage’.