I first heard about Black Kids some months ago on the Vice website. At that point they hadn't played a show outside of their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida and all I knew about them was their was some considerable industry interest, they carried references to The Cure and Arcade Fire and despite the name, they're not a proudly announcing racially exclusive indie band.
Now, some months on, and with plenty of blog posts and magazine write ups, Black Kids have played shows around the US and made a fleeting trip to the UK to play 5 shows in a week to satisfy the buzz-hungry indie-loving UK fans and media. When I was in London at the beginning of December, my trip just happened to coincide with theirs and I got myself along to the intimate Nambucca pub in Holloway to sea an early evening set of about 10 songs all glowing in beautifully crafted indie-pop. Yes, there is some Cure references and the epic, rich sounds are at times reminiscent of the Arcade Fire. But, away from references, the four songs on their independently, online-only released EP, The Wizards of Ahhhs have a certain feel-good quality that makes you want to jump on your bed and sing along. Enchanting, fun, epic, poppy - this is one my favourite recent releases.
Here's my fave track of the EP, but click your way to www.blackkidsmusic.com and pick up their full EP for FREE download. Now, turn up the volume but just make sure your bed springs are well oiled.
Black Kids - I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You
Black Kids Myspace
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
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