Emerging from the Copenhagen underground scene, Death By Kite is one of the best noise-pop bands to come out of Scandinavia for years. Their sound is a tight-rope walk between post-punk and angst-driven indie, a mesmerizing mix of poppish, catchy melodies soaked in a cocktail of noise rock, shoegaze, and new wave.
The band released their self-titled debut album in April 2007 under critical acclaim and has since then put out a couple of EPs (Wave I-II) and played numerous concerts, thus establishing themselves as a popular live act. Vocal duties and guitars are courtesy of Bjørn Alexander Gøtzsche Lange whose remarkably high voice accompanied by the noisy guitar parts brings to mind Brian Molko and Placebo, with other obvious influences coming from the likes of Sonic Youth, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Interpol, Joy Division, and stellastarr*. Although Death By Kite may be a bit too abrasive for streamlined kiddie ears, they truly deserve a proper listen, so give them a chance and you won’t regret it.