I was trying to describe to someone the style of music this simply wonderful band play… The answer is in the title of this simply wonderful album. This is Kitchencore and Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies are out there on their own shining bright in the culinary cosmos.
My first encounter was a good few years ago with a line-up barely recognisable from that of today but then, like now I was immediately drawn. There’s the strange sexiness of the Dinner Ladies and their pantomime, the post-punk uplifted earthiness of Pete’s songs, the saxophone that fits right in and the fact they are all genuine people.
Originally released on CD in 2016 – this ‘Best Of…’ compilation has been updated and reissued on vinyl with a superb gatefold sleeve, and is an absolute gem. For those who need an introduction to one of Liverpool’s finest EVER bands, then this is your first port of call (although, any of their three ‘proper’ albums are as safe a bet).
Highlights for me on This Is Kitchencore are Do The Don’t, Hip Potater, Work, That London, Cats & Dogs, The Che Guevara Thing, Ugly, Boy With Magazines, Hey Yuri!, Marcel Duchamp, Bangin’ On A Plank, Dead’s Not Punk, Walkin’ Down Bold Street, Queen Victoria’s Knob, Stayin’ In, Goth Postman – yes, that’s right – the entire album.