SMOOCHES: Kinski’s 20 Year Timeline

Check this dudes and dudettes. Scroll down for the band’s history over the years.

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We started as a 3 piece in 1998  – Lucy Atkinson, Chris Martin, and Dave Weeks. With an early name.

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SpaceLaunch for Frenchie (debut album)

SpaceLaunch for Frenchie was released in 1999.

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Our first tour was on the West Coast with Japan’s Mainliner, where we first met Kawabata Makoto.

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Matthew Reid Schwartz (guitar/keyboards/flute) was added to the lineup in 2000, and the band recorded Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle.

Early Lineup with Matthew

US tour in October with Hovercraft tour dates here.

Terrastock in Seattle!

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Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle

Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle was released on Pacifico in 2001.

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Penthouse Suite 7”

The Penthouse Suite 7” single (b/w “Please Remain Seated”) was released by Sub Pop on May 22nd, 2001.

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Recorded basic tracks for third album

Snagged an opening slot with The Fall

First tour of Japan with Acid Mothers Temple

2001 pic of the band

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Dave leaves the band, as the remaining three finish recording Airs Above Your Station.

Barrett takes over on drums in May. Band signs to Sub Pop records.
Photo by Robin Laananen
Photo by Robin Laananen

Released the Semaphore EP in Oct.

Semaphore EP


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Airs Above Your Station

Airs Above Your Station released on Sub Pop on Jan 21st, 2003.
Airs Above Your Station

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Kinski/Acid Mothers Temple split EP

Kinski/Acid Mothers Temple split EP released on Sub Pop in October of 2003. (out of print)

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Busy year!

In March, SXSW (and FXFY)

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In May, a Japan tour with Mono!

In June, a quick West Coast tour with..and You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.

In July, another West Coast tour. This time with Bardo Pond.

In October, Kinski were honored to do a short tour with Swedish psych legends Träd, Gräs Och Stenar.

Then a Europe tour from Nov 25-Dec 14!

Guess I’m Falling in Love, a 7” single b/w “Hiding Drugs in the Temple,” was released by The Great Pop Supplement.

Crickets and Fireflies compilation released by Music Fellowship. Long out of print Triptych (3-Way Split) with Surface of Eceyon & Paik.
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Don’t Climb on and Take the Holy Water

Don’t Climb on and Take the Holy Water was released by Strange Attractors Audio House on May 4th, 2004.

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Tour with Mission of Burma!!

Recording with Kawabata Makoto.
Aleph Studio (Randall Dunn), Seattle.


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Alpine Static

On July 12th, 2005, Alpine Static was released by Sub Pop on cd and double LP.

“Kinski is fucking massive.” –

“Over-driven and raw, countered with moments of eerie tension, Alpine Static hits you in the stomach, ties you up in flowing ‘70s scarves and throws you in the trunk with Catherine Deneuve and Steve McQueen.”

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Big year, lots to cover here….

To celebrate the release of Alpine Static, the band played a handful of NW shows with Oneida and Black Mountain.

And a Midwest/East tour with Oneida and many others. Then a short but fun Europe tour, with a session in London with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.

Also did a short set on KNDD “The END” at 8:30 in the morning. Too early.

Founded Intellectual Drunks label to re-release early Kinski albums

Compilation Hall of Mirrors released on Emperor Jones records, with the Kinski track Teen Center:
Hall of Mirrors - Various Artists (Emperor Jones)

Tribute album to Franco Battiato “What’s Your Function?” released.

Bumbershoot 2005

And we rounded out the year with another Japan tour with Mono!

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Toured the West Coast with Comets on Fire and the just re-united Earth joined for two shows as well.

Terrastock 6 in Providence, RI:


Poster from show with Comets on Fire at Neumos:

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I Didn’t Mean to Interrupt Your Beautiful Moment, 40 minute drone piece released as part of a subscription series called Modern Containment, on 3-Lobed Recordings

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Tour with Tool

Tour with Tool in May of 2007.

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Down Below it’s Chaos

Down Below It’s Chaos released by Sub Pop on August 21st, 2007.

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In March, kick ass show with Green Milk from the Planet Orange at the Comet Tavern (RIP). They ripped.

Also, Barrett brings Colin into the Sub Pop offices to visit a “Pet Psychic.”

In June, Kinski performs a score for Walter Ruttman’s “Berlin: Symphony of a City” at SIFF.

In September, West Coast tour for Down Below It’s Chaos, with Chris also doubling on guitar for Unnatural Helpers. We also supported Helmet in San Diego.

Kinski enters the video game world with an inclusion of Hot Stenographer on EA Games’ NHL 2007. Weird.

In December, Kinski collaborates in NYC with dancers robbinschilds, A.L. Steiner & AJ Blanford for C.L.U.E.

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February Europe Tour. Here’s an epic shot of Lucy at La Nef in Angouléme, France. More shots from the show in the READ MORE below..

May 26 2008 – Sasquatch Festival

May 29-31 2008 – Barcelona Spain: ATP Stage at Primavera Sound Festival. One hell of a festival. Chris nearly stayed behind in Barcelona. Long story!

June – Terrastock Music Festival VII
Louisville, Kentucky

June 19-22, 2008 – Terrastock Festival, Louisville

In July, Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary at Marymore Park in Redmond, WA.
Sub Pop 2008 by Travis Hay

To round out the year, we played with New Zealand legends the Dead C (as well as the great Six Organs of Admittance). The Dead C had never played in Seattle and have only played a few shows ever in the US in their over 20 year existence.

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March – April .. US tour with Acid Mothers Temple

June – July .. Japan tour with Acid Mothers Temple


Kinski/robbinschilds: C.LU.E.
Portland – PICA TBA Festival

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A Clear Day and No Memories

Kinski and US/UK artist Jim Hobbs collaborate with A Clear Day and No Memories, an intense multi-media installation at Jack Straw New Media Gallery in Seattle in December of 2010.

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Photos by Matt Koroulis


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Third collaboration with robbinschilds, A.L. Steiner & AJ Blanford, this time at MOMA SF

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Shows with Olympia’s Broken Water, NYC’s White Hills, and NYC’s The Men.

Egg Lake festival on San Juan Island in WA

Man Forever:

And finally our first record since 2007’s Down Below It’s Chaos was recorded and mastered, and just needed to find a label home for it. This home came in the form of Kill Rock Stars.

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Cosy Moments

Cosy Moments was released by Kill Rock Stars on April 2nd, 2013, the first 120 copies of the record on marble amber vinyl.

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SXSW in March

“Cosy Moments” tour:
East Coast in April and West Coast tour in May

In October, NW tour with Japan’s Melt Banana!

In November, played with Terakaft (Saharan band featuring former members of Tinariwen)

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West Coast tour with Bottomless Pit (with old friends from the great Silkworm) in February.

In May, two NW shows with Loop!

Northwest Psych Fest at The Sunset

Also, we start recording our new record in San Fran with Phil Manley the 2nd half of August.

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Kinski & Kawabata / Kikagaku Moyo Split 7″

Kinski & Kawabata / Kikagaku Moyo Split 7″ (GOD008)
Released. From a jam recording with Kawabata Makoto back in 2004. See 2004.

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7 (or 8)

7 (or 8) was released by Kill Rock Stars on June 2nd, 2015.

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Split EP with Sandrider released on Feb. 17

Capitol Hill Block Party in July.

CHBP Matthew photo by Brady Harvey

photo by Brady Harvey

East Coast tour in October.

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KEXP’s “Reykjavik Calling” 2016 – a Iceland/Seattle band showcase with Icelandic bands

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Recording in SF with Phil Manley once again in August!

NW PsychFest (Seattle) with Los Dug Dug’s from Mexico!

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2018 – Our 20th Year!

Accustomed To Your Face to be released this Fall on Kill Rock Stars.

Also at the end of the year, the first ever deluxe vinyl issue of Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle!

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