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Kids Love Lies

Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Pop punk, Power pop, Post-punk, Riot Grrl[1][2]
Years active 2007-present
Labels Cherryade Records
Website Myspace page
Ellen Murphy
Leigh Harrison
Claudia Mansaray
Matty Saywell
Raf Singer

Kids Love Lies are a London pop punk band. Times Online said "they're already delivering fine power pop that's packed full of clever lyrics and hooks - they're surely ones to watch."[3]


Line up

Kids Love Lies are Ellen Murphy (vocals), Leigh Harrison (guitar), Claudia Mansaray (bass guitar), Matty Saywell (guitar) and Raf Singer (drums), based in London.[4] They formed as Kids Love Lies in November 2007.[5] After auditioning around 10 singers, Ellen replied to an advert on Gumtree and auditioned several songs that the band sent her.[6]


NME said that "Firecracker singer Ellen Murphy sounds pretty much like Kate Nash would if she dropped the prim and proper act and thrashed herself into a full on Kathleen Hanna hissy fit."[7] The Guardian's Guide has compared them to Bow Wow Wow.[8] Tasty Fanzine said of single Count in my Head to "think Chiara L’s or a slightly more wired version of Scanners."[9] They are influenced by Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Slits, Sleater-Kinney, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.


They played Radio 1's Big Weekend on 10 May 2009[10] after being put forward by BBC Kent Introducing, the Artrocker stage at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on 16 May 2009,[11] and on the BBC Introducing stage at the Sellindge Music Festival in Kent on 7 June 2009.[4][12] They have played with Fight Like Apes, Scanners, The Holloways and Theoretical Girl.


They have been played on BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson and Marc Riley,[13] on BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, on BBC Radio Kent's Introducing show by Jim Bursey and Jacob Rickard, and on Dublin's Phantom FM.[14] They recorded a live session at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios for Huw Stephens' In New Music We Trust.[15][5] They played a session on Earwax Radio on 22 October 2008.[16]

Their music has featured in the BBC Switch soap opera The Cut.[17]


They self-released the Demo '08 CD on 30 January 2008,[18][19] and self-released an EP, Switch Off, on 30 August 2008.[3][2]

Their first signed release, Count In My Head, was released on 13 April 2009 by Cherryade Records,[20][21][1] and was a BBC Kent Introducing single of the week, featured in the New Blood section of Artrocker Magazine/Converse Music,[22][23], recommended by music critic Everett True,[24] and an NME Top Ten Track.[7] The video was made up of 3,500 photo stills.[7]

The band's second single, Under The Bed, was released on 12 October 2009, also on Cherryade,[5][25] with a video that pays homage to 80s B movies and David Lynch films. It was track of the day on The Times online on 4 November 2008, previous to its release[3] and a Pick of the Month for Who's Jack Magazine in April 2009.[26] Altsounds said it is "brimming with a cacophony of relentless, frenetic guitars, an energetic bassline and crashing percussion, all topped off by Ellen Murphy’s Karen O-esque vocals."[5] It was single of the month in October 2009's Artrocker Magazine, and record of the week on the BBC Kent Introducing show.

According to their agents, Select Booking Agency, who they signed with in November 2009, an EP is planned for early 2010.[27]


  1. ^ a b Sophie Thomsett. "Kids Love Lies - Count in my Head". NOIZE MAKES ENEMIES. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  2. ^ a b Parry, Justin. "Kids Love Lies - Switch Off". NOIZE MAKES ENEMIES. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  3. ^ a b c Oldfield, Donna Marie (4 November 2008). "Under The Bed by Kids Love Lies". Times Online. The Times. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  4. ^ a b Rickard, Jacob (10 June 2009). "Sellindge Music Festival". BBC Kent Introducing. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  5. ^ a b c d Stovin, Jack (7 August 2009). "Kids Love Lies release ‘Under the Bed’ 12th October". Altsounds. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  6. ^ Bloxham, Pete (8 March 2009). "Kids Love Lies (Rock Band Challenge Round 1)". Art and Things Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  7. ^ a b c "10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week". NME. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  8. ^ "Kids Love Lies: Count in my Head". The Guide (The Guardian). 18 April 2009.  
  9. ^ "singles/eps - april 2009". Tasty Fanzine. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  10. ^ "Kids Love Lies". BBC Introducing. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  11. ^ Kraus, Agatha (6 March 2009). "Artrocker goes live for 2009". MusicWeek. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  12. ^ Rickard, Jacob (13 May 2009). "Radio 1's Big Weekend - Kids Love Lies". A behind the scenes blog by Producer Jacob. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  13. ^ "Tracklisting". Marc RIley. BBC 6 Music. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  14. ^ Carroll, Jim (26 August 2009). "The Far Side - playlist for Tuesday August 25". On The Record (Irish Times). Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  15. ^ "Kids Love Lies". BBC Music. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  16. ^ "EAR14:08 - The Artful Broadcast 2008". Earwax Radio. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  17. ^ "The Cut Special Kids Love Lies". The 5:19 Show. BBC. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 03 December 2009.  
  18. ^ Barton, Mark (14 April 2008). "missive 161 - part 2". Losing Today. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  19. ^ Copus, Mike (21 December 2008). "Demo Review: Kids Love Lies". Sonic Dice. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  20. ^ Chester, Tim (17 March 2009). "Kids Love Lies - Count In My Head - Free MP3". The Daily Download (NME). Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  21. ^ Stovin, Jack (18 February 2009). "Kids Love Lies release single ‘Count In My Head’". Altsounds. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  22. ^ "New Blood". Artrocker Magazine. March 2009.  
  23. ^ "New Blood and New Look!". Converse Music. 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  24. ^ True, Everett (15 August 2009). "ET Recommends – 18: Kids Love Lies". Music That I Like. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  25. ^ Lock, Carrie (August 2009). "Under the Bed - Kids Love Lies Single Cover". Iridescent. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  26. ^ Orcheston-Findlay, Lu (April 2009). "Jack's Pick of the Month". Who's Jack Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  
  27. ^ Taylor, Lee (19 November 2009). "Kids Love Lies". Select Booking Agency. Retrieved 03 December 2009.  

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