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Everything on this page has been deliberately left as it was when Anno and Nao first created it, hence no updates.

Lee Citron - Bass Guitar
Alberto Mangili - Drums
Billy Scherer- Guitar/Vocals/Words
Anno Birkin- Guitar/Vocals/Words

KJD First spilled like sour milk onto the London music scene (Ha!) in August 2000, with shows at 'The Kings Head' - Fulham, and later at 'the Subterania' - Ladbroke Grove. Political uncertainties in the South Pacific, however, led to an unstable band situation (as one would expect) and things were put on hold until March 2001. Rehearsals resumed and Live shows followed, though this time ... "Like a cascading wave of vomit this band has decimated British music", or so it was put by renowned music journalist ... ahem! All Venues who played host were to feel the thunderous wrath of a not particularly disaffected youth. The great stone walls of pomposity shook briefly when they played 'The Point', Oxford. 'The Barfly' - Tottenham ct. rd. were so distraught about finding a follow up act that they closed two days later. At the 'West One Four' obscene acts of subservience were committed in full public view. And at 'the Dublin Castle'?

Kicks Joy Darkness would like to apologise to 'the Dublin Castle' and to 'Bugbear promotions' for the Police presence at the last Gig. It's only rock and roll ...

or is it?

Lee Citron - Bass Guitar.
Before joining KJD, Lee played bass with 'French Car and the Bolemic Wizards' from '94 - '97. In '96 he joined 'Stony Sleep' who were already signed to 'Big Cat Records'. They toured extensivly throughout the UK and Europe to promote the album 'a Slack Romance'. They worked with Chris Cunningham on the video for 'Lady Lazarus' and appeared on many television and radio shows including 'the Jooles Holland show', 'the Big Breakfast', 'the John Peel show' and some cable thing. They were reviewed by most of the London Music Press including the Evening Standard, Kerrang, NME, Melody Maker, and Metal Hammer (also some French and American publications. He plays in two side-projects: 'Judge Death' with Bishop Dante and 'the new telepathics' with D. Harkness.

Alberto Mangili - Drums.
Alberto had played in several Italian bands before he moved to London. These include 'Uragano', 'Feel Hippy and Grumpy' and a project with Bruno Santori and Max Numa. He has frequently appeared in the Italian Music press, including 'Radio Populare', 'Buscadero' and 'Telethon'. He has gigged extensivly in Italy and played at the 'S.Remo Giovani' festival. In 1998 he moved to London to attend the 'Powerhouse' music school. He was named 'Student of the Year 98/99' and appeared in 'Rythm' magazine. He played on three songs with Milla Jovovich, Solon Bixler and Anno in Berlin, May 2001.

Billy Scherer - Guitars/Vocals/Words.
Billy moved to London from Texas in 1996. He and Anno have played together in many bands since then, including 'Midstream' and 'Durango '95'. Both bands played frequently in London. In early 1998 Billy returned to Pittsburg where he spent the next year. He returned in 1999 and he and Anno formed 'Flying Mango Attack' with Lee Citron and Christian Smith (Both from Stony Sleep) One album was recorded in December 1999, before the band split again. In January 2000 he and Anno worked in LA with Milla Jovovich and Solon Bixler on a few songs. They held meetings with Tony Berg (V.P, A&R Virgin Records) and then decided to return to London in order to play with Lee again. In the summer of 2000 Kicks joy Darkness was formed.

Anno Birkin - Guitars/Vocals/Words.
Anno formed his first band 'Midstream' in 1994. They gigged frequently in London (though rarely were they re-booked) until the summer of 1996 (Billy joined early that year) when they split. New members were enlisted (including the magnificent J.S Rafieli) and 'Durango 95' was formed in October 1996. They split up a year later and for two years Anno played by (with) himself. He also worked with various other musicians, most notably Andy Cooper of 'the leeches' who produced much of his stuff and saved him from the shackles of pop music (forever thankful) and recorded shit-loads of demos. Around this time he formed a strong creative partnership with Milla and they wrote and recorded a number of songs together. They recently collaborated again in Berlin with Alberto and Solon Bixler. He and Billy spent time in LA writing/recording together on two occasions during Billy's exile. But ... London calling.

 

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