"Take but degree away, untune that string, and hark, what discord follows!"
- William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (1602).
KBD is a trio of experimental musicians who have been playing together since 2006. Its members are Michael Kimaid -drums and electronics, Gabriel Beam- guitar and electronics, and Ryan Dohm- trumpet and electronics.
In 2007, KBD released their debut full length: [four plus one], on the Eh? Music Label. Although Ryan Dohm moved to Los Angeles a year later, they maintain a musical relationship based on those first formative years together. Not long after Dohm’s departure, Kimaid and Beam collaborated with Colin Helb, the result of which was a full length digital release in 2008 and a number of east coast/midwest dates through 2010. Afterwards, Kimaid and Beam carried on and continue to play as KBD(uo), releasing an EP called Candid on FTAM and follow up full length on Eh?, Any Port In A Storm. In 2013, KBD(uo)released a DVD entitled Drop The Remainder on the New Orleans based multimedia label The Language Foundry, and a cassette release entitled Loss/Gain on the RCN label from Akron, Ohio. In addition to self-released tour edition CDs, 2015 saw the release of Michael Kimaid's solo percussion full length on the Factotum Tapes label. In 2016, KBD returned as a full trio for their ten year anniversary tour. Every year since, KBD has embarked on summer tours, bringing new configurations and new music with them along the way. This year, KBD took the summer off due to the pandemic, but will hit the road again when the plague subsides, continuing to explore new places and new sounds.
We're still playing. Thanks for listening.