The Kitchen Criminals ready to drop first album

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It will be a night for dancing, laughs, good music and more for The Kitchen Criminals on March 7 as they celebrate their first CD release party at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre.

The launch party will be an all-ages show with tickets selling for $20 and kids getting in free.

After four years of performing together, the local four-piece Celtic rock band has recorded its first album of original tunes, Down The Hatch. The 10-track album ranges from high energy drinking anthems to love ballads. Many of their tunes feature toe-tapping fiddle licks and a chorus you cannot help but find yourself participating in. And band members are promising to kick the show off with lots of good Maritime-style fun and music during two sets.

Outfitted with an acoustic guitar, fiddle, bodhran drum and bass guitar, KC set the stage with their Celtic instrumentation and love for the typical East Coast kitchen party atmosphere. Largely influenced by other Atlantic Canadian bands such as MacKeel, Great Big Sea and Rawlins Cross, KC’s own music ranges from original songs, to fiddle reels and Celtic classics.

The first set front man, Ashley George, and the band will be playing the new album with the second set being just for fun with crowd and band favourites to end off the night. The excitement won’t stop for the band there though.

“Over the next month and a half we’re playing breweries across Nova Scotia,” said George. The band will be sharing its style of East Coast music to groups in breweries across the province to promote their new album and to have a bit of fun while they’re at it.

The new album was recorded at Dave Gunning’s We House studio. A video shoot for the song will be taking place at Wranglers in New Glasgow on March 8 along with the help of Pictou County jiu-jitsu who will take part in the video about a night at the bar. Another of the songs on the album that George enjoys playing is County Kids, a song about growing up in Pictou County.

After two years of playing them, a year of pre-production and two days of recording the band is excited to finally release the album. They will have merchandise like shirts, CDs and stickers for sale at the all-ages event.

For more information or to hear clips of the album, George added that you can visit their Facebook or Instagram pages. Tickets for the album release party will be sold at the deCoste centre box office or online.