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Black Kids - You Know You Want Them!
Black Kids On Your Radar
You may not know them now but you will. Black Kids is a band from Jacksonville, Florida, and their latest album Partie Traumatic has been playing on my iPod and iTunes nonstop for the last few months.
Their sound is not like the "scene" bands or nu-metal bands that you are now hearing on the radio and witnessing on MTV. They are bringing back that 80's-vibe with a whimsical, fun attitude.
If you take pioneer goth-rock band The Cure and mixed them with the 90's one-hit wonders Len, you would get the sound of the Black Kids. Reggie is the lead singer but the two females in the band, Ali and Dawn contribute to lead and backing vocals throughout the album. Sometimes, Reggie engages in a conversation-esque like exchange during the singing. They seem to be inspired by Len in this unique style.
If you don't know who the Black Kids are, you better put them on your radar. They have built a huge buzz across national and worldwide media and will soon be playing in your home.
Black Kids History And Today
Black Kids started in early 2006 with Reggie Youngblood (vocals, guitar), Owen Holmes (bass), Kevin Snow (drums), Dawn Watley (keyboards, vocals) and Reggie's sister, Ali Youngblood (keyboards, vocals). They were soon propelled into the national spotlight in late 2007 and garnered rave reviews from major music publications such as NME, The Guardian, Pitchfork and Village Voice.
They went on to "wow" music industry scouts at the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC and South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Their CMJ performance in October 2007 gained the band further media exposure in USA Today and The New York Times. In December, Rolling Stone magazine called them one of the ten "Artists To Watch."
Their current album Partie Traumatic was recorded in the UK early 2008 and made its Columbia Records debut here in the States in April 2008 and hit #127 on the Billboard Charts. The album hit #5 on the UK Album Charts and their song "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" hit #11 on the UK Singles Charts.
Partie Traumtic - Released July 2008
Partie Traumatic, the band's latest album, was produced by Bernard Butler from the semi-successful 90s UK band Suede (you remember them, right?). The ten tracks on the album are:
- Hit The Heartbrakes (3:44)
- Partie Traumatic (3:10)
- Listen To Your Body Tonight (3:08)
- Hurricane Jane (4:32)
- I'm Making Eyes At You (4:29)
- I've Underestimated My Charm (Again) (3:55)
- I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (3:37)
- Love Me Already (4:04)
- I Wanna Be Your Limousine (3:16)
- Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo) (4:11)
The first three singles off the album are I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (featured in the Fame movie), Hurricane Jane and Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo).
The album has a very 80's vibe that mixes clever word play and groovy, synth inspired music. The uniqueness of the sound and songwriting in this album has garnered Partie Traumatic with countless media awards including:
- Best Of 2008 (#4) by The New York Post
- The 40 Best Albums of 2008 by Spin Magazine
- Top 50 albums of 2008 by NME Magazine
And the song I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You was honored with:
- Top 10 Single of 2008 by The New York Post
- Best Songs of 2008 by Spinner
- iTunes Single of the Week - August 26th, 2008
- Best Single of 2008 - The Sunday Mail
- Top Singles of 2008 - Village Voice
- Top 100 Tracks of 2008 - Pitchfork Media
***You can watch Black Kids perform this award winning song by clicking on the YouTube video above***
If you have iTunes, click here to hear a clip of the song.
Be Cool And Listen To Black Kids
I don't make these claims too often but you better put Black Kids on your radar today. This band has obtained the attention of the music industry and the UK. As always, Europe always seems to be ahead of the fashion and music trends. They have embraced the Black Kids and the fans in their home country have yet to grasp on to them.
Maybe the Black Kids will follow fellow Americans Kings Of Leon who obtained platinum status worldwide since the early 2000s but failed to break in the U.S. until their latest album. But I hope it doesn't take that long for the Black Kids to break in the U.S.
This is definitely a band for college students. Be the first at your school to rock the Black Kids. And remember who told you about them first :)