The Kynd were part of the first wave of Britpop bands and, whilst the mainstream music press largely overlooked them, the band built a huge and enviable live following through relentless touring and support slots with the great and the good of the UK indie fraternity. By 1995 The Kynd were regulars on the Camden scene making numerous appearances at Blow Up, holding down a residency at the notorious Dublin Castle, headlining the Marquee and selling out the legendary 100 Club.
In 1996 the band signed to London based indie label MGR Records and released their debut single ‘Egotripper’ produced by Andy Bell (RIDE/Oasis) on their Go Go Girl imprint. The single was championed by long-time supporter and influential broadcaster Gary Crowley amongst others and saw the band dubbed ‘new indie hopefuls’ by the NME and ’Power Brit Pop!’ by the Melody Maker.
After further touring, the band’s second single ‘World’s Finest’ was recorded with Brian O’Shaunessy (Denim, Primal Scream, Shampoo) and received substantial radio play. Debut album ‘Shakedown’ followed and was also released to huge critical acclaim in Japan by the band’s Japanese label Philter Records.