reppin: ontario, canada // columbia // 2014 - present
sounds like: according to bobby and kara - we’re the soundtrack to a 90s teen movie crossed with the soundtrack to some artistic German pornography...with a spaghetti stain on it
last album drop: poster child EP (march 2017)
featuring: kara // bobby
The two they call K.I.D, Booby and Kara, landed in Chicago on a late April day at Lincoln Hall to open for Allie X in what one would dub as a straight up pop show. But, K.I.D, much like actual human kids, are complex in nature, yet so simple from the outside. That is entirely accurate when you dive into the sound, identity and philosophy of why these two make the music they do. As Bobby put it, “Simplicity is something we definitely strive for. Contrary to what people think, it is hard to make something simple enough for everyone to like it, but at the same time make it unique. For us, our message is pretty different than most pop artist.” A pop band that could be alternative, yet is not writing about all the cushy things in life like loving oneself and being super positive all the time. “Most of those artists are preaching about loving yourself and being brave, inspire, connect to their audience. Hey look, I have all my shit together.” But is that really the reality that we all live in? Music is not only supposed to inspire, but be truthful to ourselves. “Our message is more like: we all hate ourselves on some level and let's spin that into the most accessible pop melody possible. The lyrics are about a hooker stealing all your money and wanting to kill yourself, you know the usual.” So while not all of us can relate to hookers stealing our money, we all have bullshit that we need to face.
K.I.D began organically a few years back, drawing inspiration from random objects like plastic bags, watching Judge Judy and good old masturbation. When things started becoming real for them as a band, it was time to do what made sense for them, not emulate what worked for other bands...especially since no roadmap had been written. “Everyone’s path is different and at the end of the day you just have to try and get music heard by as many people as possible,” Bobby stated. The uniqueness of this path is parallel to the vibes they want to send fans. “I hope we get to fall into a category where we can just connect with kids, make them feel less alone and you know, we get emotionally invested into our fans.” To me, that sounds like a few kids playing music that just wanting to relate to the kids watching them.
Those catching them live can expect a bit of the different, but all around engaging show that they put on. Bobby simply describes it as, “we’re telling a story with the live show.” Behind them plays an animated story featuring remote controls, lazy-boys and eggs frying in the pan..again, the simple things in life (and yes, even moisturizer next to tissue paper). It is so refreshing to listen to lyrics in the pop world that aren’t about the same shit over and over. Bobby perfectly describes it, “we are speaking to this unglamorous, introverted, anxious state that a lot of people at least in my life are finding themselves in. Giving people something to connect to besides going to a party or being in love.” All in all you get these upbeat feels that make you want to dance around and smile, yet you are hooked into the overall message of what they are feeding you. “We take all these mundane objects and associate it with a super, unspectacular life and we try and put them in a more fantastical, pop, bright sort of show.”
While working with legendary manager, Merck Mercuriadis of Hipgnosis Music, they’ve carved most of their own path to get here. As Bobby so eloquently puts it, “you can’t be complacent or else you’ll be rubbing your taint at home for 4 months. We had to become the architects of our own tours.” The super exciting chunk of all of this, yet probably the most painful for them, is all the material they are sitting on. There is only one thing to do, “so we are just going to tour and tour and build the audience and once we are in the position to put out material quickly.” I’d look out for these kids to punch you all in the face with more pop tunes that just are not really pop tunes.