Kind of Like Spitting was an American indie rock band. They formed in 1996 in Portland, Oregon. The band was led by prolific singer-songwriter Ben Barnett, who has drawn comparisons to Elliott Smith, Mark Eitzel, Billy Bragg, and Robert Pollard.
Over the next decade, Kind of Like Spitting gained a strong following throughout the United States and internationally. Barnett regularly toured in the US, sometimes with David J. or a backing band, but said bands generally disintegrated after touring.
In the UK, the track "Birds of a Feather" was picked up and played by John Peel but didn't get regular airplay.
Kind of Like Spitting was known for recording and releasing many albums in a short time (12 in seven years.) Such habits led one reporter to remark, "Has it been five minutes already? OK, time for a new Kind of Like Spitting album!" when they released The Thrill of the Hunt.
Kind of Like Spitting announced its break-up in 2006 for personal reasons.
Since roughly June 2007, Barnett has been teaching music to young students at the Paul Green School of Rock in Seattle. At the end of 2007, he appeared under his own name on a Local Cut compilation (released on Boy Gorilla Records) entitled Another Grey Christmas with the song "Last Christmas in Portland". He has also begun posting demos of Blunt Mechanic songs (including two John Lennon covers) on his Myspace page.
In 2008 and Blunt Mechanic project was renamed Fun With Friends. January 2009 saw Ben, David J. and Sean Bonnette (Andrew Jackson Jihad) embark on a brief West Coast USA tour. Ben took with him a 10-track CDR entitled Songs About Zombies & Trust Issues put out under his own name, a CD he expected to release more officially following the tour.