The story of King Creosote is fairly straightforward, it just took a long time to unfold. In 1995 Kenny Anderson, from St. Andrews in Scotland, stopped being the frontman for his time-served bluegrass band, and started a solo project, King Creosote, on his own imprint Fence.
By 2000 Fence had become a record shop, a collective of like minded singer songwriters and musicians, and a fledgling online label selling home recorded cdrs with hand made artwork. Some of these CDRs found homes in several uk record shops, in particular the Rough Trade shop in London town.
When Domino Records signed James Yorkston, he brought them news of Fife’s Fence Collective, and in particular acts such as The Lone Pigeon (ex Beta Band) and King Creosote. In 2003 Domino helped Fence release a King Creosote compilation of songs from several CDR titles called “Kenny and Beth’s musakal boat rides,” and then early in 2005 an album called “Rocket Diy”. Billy Campbell, a fan of Fence working in the aforementioned Rough Trade shop, believed that certain King Creosote songs had potential if only they didn’t sound like two or more songs running together. In spring 2005 King Creosote & the Earlies recorded a clutch of songs for 679 recordings, and 11 were chosen for “kc rules ok”. The remaining songs were joined by a bunch of remixes and b sides to become “chorlton and the wh’earlies”.
In 2007 Jon Hopkins produced the album “Bombshell”, released in autumn to rave reviews, but by early 2008 King Creosote was firmly back in the Fence fold, releasing home recorded cdrs and albums, only this time with a plan to record a self-funded studio album. 2009’s “flick the Vs” was largely produced by Paul Savage at chem19, and was performed by an all-star cast from the ranks of the Fence Collective, the Earlies, and with contributions from Jon Hopkins and Steve Mason.