[Photo Credit: Adam Britt]
The internet is abuzz with talk about Black Kids, an unsigned five-piece band from Jacksonville, Florida, of all places. After cutting their teeth opening for cool bands like Lo Fi Fnk, Anathallo and Elf Power, Black Kids is on the cusp of breaking out on their own. If you've had a chance to listen to their quality E.P., Wizard of Ahhhs, then that fact shouldn't come as much of a surprise. (FYI--the E.P. is available for free on their Myspace).
Black Kids' sound is distinctly rooted in 80s pop, full of synthesizers, jangly guitars, and a lead singer who probably could pass as a blood relative of Robert Smith (if it weren't for skin color). Their songs are full of some fantastic tongue in cheek lyrics about heartbreak, as well as some catchy synth riffs and male/female call and response choruses. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if they became the main draw at shows sometime in the very near future. Check them out at CMJ, I know I will.
10/18: CMJ--The Annex (10pm)
[Myspace] Black Kids
[mp3] "Hit The Heartbreaks"