Apparently it's a popular band name! This from the San Diego City beat
Crowded with Kites
Rockers are known to be a whimsical, maturity-challenged bunch, but it still should be a shock to find out that there are at least four bands in the U.S. with the name Kite Flying Society, right?
Well, no. Not since the movie Rushmore, at least. On the soundtrack to the film, Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh contributed a song of the same name, thus inspiring the musician segment of the film’s huge, cultish following.
That’s potentially bad news for San Diego’s Kite Flying Society, featuring former members of Paper Saloon (whose final show last year was accompanied by a shooting at the Roseary Room). Although they’ve played a few out-of-town gigs with Rogue Wave, KFS may have a legal battle on their hands before their San Diego debut this week.
“We weren’t aware of any active group using the same name; we have no intention of changing it,” said bassist David Lizerbram. The group is currently in the studio, recording their debut, and their song “6000 Shipwrecks” is getting radio play on local-music specialty shows.
Alex Suarez is the lead singer of Orlando, Fla.’s version of Kite Flying Society, a screamo band. Cursory research suggests his outfit has held the name the longest (their first record came out in the late ’90s). When contacted, Suarez said he hadn’t heard of San Diego’s Kite Fliers yet. But after unsuccessful attempts to stop the other Kite Flying Societies around the country from using the name, Suarez said he’ll throw in the towel after releasing an anthology later this year.
“Technically, that means, I guess, we are going to continue with the name,” he said. “But we are not playing shows [and] we are not recording.”
The hometown edition of Kite Flying Society plays at The Casbah on Jan. 23. Wear your berets.