This Is the Kit is a British folk-rock band, formed by Kate Stables and based in Bristol and Paris.
In 2006, record label Sunday Best Recordings included the band's song "Two Wooden Spoons" in its Folk Off compilation album alongside artists including Animal Collective, Tunng and Vashti Bunyan. The band's inclusion in the compilation received high praise from Drowned in Sound, who wrote: "its personal touch is largely what makes This Is The Kit the British highlight, not to mention that of the compilation as a whole". Following that, Sunday Best went on to release "Two Wooden Spoons" as a 7" single with the B side "Come a Cropper" in 2006.
The band's first album release, Krulle Bol (possibly originating from a Dutch term denoting a person with curly hair, lit. translation 'curly noggin'), released on Microbe in 2008, was produced by John Parish in Bristol with guest musicians performing on various instruments.
The band's second album, Wriggle Out the Restless, was originally released by Dreamboat Records in 2010 and later reissued by the band's own Disco-ordination Records and later Brassland Records. The album drew on the band's many musical friends including Rozi Plain, Jim Barr (bass player from Portishead), Francois & the Atlas Mountains and The Liftmen. The album was produced by longtime collaborator and partner Jesse D. Vernon.
This Is the Kit perform regularly in various configurations from duo to quintet, with Stables on vocals, guitar and banjo, and Vernon on violin, guitar, bass and percussion. They are often joined onstage by The Liftmen and Rozi Plain.
Since 2010, the band have recorded a Blogothèque Take-Away Show video session and been played regularly on BBC Radio 6 Music. The band have been touring regularly and supporting such acts as The National,Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Herman Dune.
In 2014, the band have continued to tour and was working on their third studio LP with Aaron Dessner of The National on Brassland Records.
On April 7, 2015 the third album Bashed out was released by the Brassland Records.