I think it’s important to reiterate the point that five years ago, this band was close to being dead and buried. In short, not long after our main stage appearance at Hard Rock Hell Metal 2018, and after the release of the A Crisis of Faith three of the members quit the band in quick succession and I was left for the vultures. It became a topic of hilarity online, with many mocking comments, people spreading rumours about the departures, and one person going so far as to make songs making fun of me under the very imaginative name “Kaine Are Shit”.
People were telling me to quit, that it was over, or at least to take a break. The reality was we had just released a new album that I was thousands of pounds down on, and I had to find a way to continue.
I recruited Liam Etheridge, Toby Woods, and Isaac Healy, we put the band together in two weeks and were back gigging without missing a single date. Later that year we started recording our first album together Reforge The Steel.
Over the five years, we have released more material than any previous line-up, as well as becoming the single longest continual line-up this band had ever had. Our momentum was slowed a bit during the Covid lockdowns in 2020-21. However, we used that time to write and record much of the new music we have put out in recent months, as well as The Waystone EP.
Last year, out of the blue, we were able to jump onto the Lillian Axe and Riot Act UK Tour. This was the first tour this line-up has done, and it was an amazing experience supporting two legendary acts as well as getting to new venues across the country that we as a collective hadn’t played before. The last time Kaine had toured was back in 2014, long before this version of the band had come into existence.
We didn’t expect to be touring again this year, but we were kindly offered by SD Entertainment again to jump on and support Chris Holmes on his 65 Tour. Chris Holmes is best known for being the guitarist in the classic W.A.S.P line-up appearing on all the critically acclaimed albums. We didn’t ever expect to be touring once, let alone doing back-to-back tours! If you had told me 5 years ago that when Kaine looked to be finished that we would in 5 years be stronger than ever I don’t think I would have believed you!
I reflected a lot last year that 2022 was our busiest ever, we finished a new Album, two EPs, and toured in the same year! 2023 is shaping up to be equally busy! We have a gig supporting Joel Hoekstra and Brandon Gibbs coming up at The Music Room, our 5-year celebration at Three Wise Monkeys, and the 65 Tour with Chris Holmes! We’ve already released a music video this year and are planning a further studio release for Patreon.
2022 was an amazing year for Kaine, but 2023 could be even better. The question is, what is next?
Tickets for all these events are selling fast – so book now using the buy links below to avoid missing out:
- April 15th, 2023 – The Music Room, Ipswich (Buy Tickets) **
- May 19th, 2023 – Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester (Buy Tickets)
- June 16th, 2023 – The Patriot, Crumlin (Buy Tickets) *
- June 17th, 2013 – The Tivoli Venue, Buckley (Buy Tickets) *
- June 18th, 2023 – Bannermans, Edinburgh (Buy Tickets) *
- June 22nd, 2023 – Trillian’s, Newcastle (Buy Tickets) *
- June 23rd, 2023 – The Black Prince, Northampton (Buy Tickets) (Buy VIP) *
- June 24th, 2023 – Boston Arms Music Room, London (Buy Tickets) *
- June 25th, 2023 – The Waterloo, Blackpool (Buy Tickets) *