Decades: 1990s


One of a number of UK ‘lo-fi’ indie bands heavily tipped to make inroads into the charts following the success of Bis, Kenickie, named after a character in Grease, formed in August 1994 after Lauren Laverne (Lauren Gofton, 28 April 1978, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, England; vocals), Marie Du Santiago (b. Marie Nixon; guitar) and Emmy-Kate Montrose (b. Emma Jackson; bass) left their convent school in Tyne And Wear, Sunderland. Drafting in Laverne’s brother, Pete Gofton, nicknamed Johnny X, as their drummer, they established the band as a means of staying in touch while they pursued courses in further education. By the mid-90s their demo tapes were receiving airplay from John Peel, leading to the release of their debut single, ‘Cat Suit’, on Newcastle independent Slampt Records in April 1995. Their second release, the Skillex EP, followed for journalist Simon Reynold’s hip Fierce Panda Records. By 1996, they had been signed to Emidisc,...

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