>> The effervescent indie rockers And The Kids spent some time with us to discuss being a punk, touring with Rubblebucket, and shaking up their sound.
What is the origin story of the band, how did you come up with the name ‘And The Kids’?
Rebecca and I started the band when we were teens and that was around the time we were playing on the streets and people called us kids. Another word for punks I think.
You recently released a single called ‘No Way Sit Back’ that was written as a critique from a queer perspective of how the media can harm all minorities, not just LGTBQ+. Why did you decide to write a song around this theme?
The song came together before I really even knew what it was about. It was very obvious after. But for people who don’t write music, it’s hard to explain that songs sort of write themselves and you figure out the meaning later. Sometimes a lot later, sometimes never, sometimes half-way through writing the song.
Your third full-length album ‘When This Life is Over’ releases on Feb. 22 and has already been described as “the most dynamic declaration of their distinctly rambunctious sound to date”. What can you tell us about the album?
The album was written and recorded in Northampton MA and Montreal Quebec. We decided to take a more stripped down approach for some songs to let the songs shine through. Some songs we recorded ourselves as demos and were really psyched to put those on. I love the sound of demos so much.
If you had to describe each of the tracks on ‘When This Life is Over’ in one word, what would they be?
Over the next month, you will be supporting Slothrust, before embarking on your own national headlining tour where you will have two hometown shows! What are you most looking forward to on this tour?
I’m pumped to play these new songs out and really perfect them. Also, we have some national parks that we’re excited to stop in. We try to see as much nature on tour as possible.
When you’re traveling for shows, what are each of your must-haves while out on the road?
Water haha and our car plant Jerry! Also, Rebs can’t go without their Juul.
How does it feel to have performed, and be acknowledged with, the likes of Blondie, Shakey Graves, and Rubblebucket, to name a few?
I never really stop to think about it but It is pretty cool yea haha.
What has been your most memorable performance to date?
One of the most memorable ones I can think of was playing the main stage of Green River Fest. We were having such a good time that we lost track of time. Also on a tour with Palm, we played this bar and almost no one was there and I just decided to have fun so I jumped from the stage onto the bar top.
Outside of music, what are some of your other hobbies? Is there anything you like to do to keep the songwriting creativity flowing?
I do a lot of visual art on the side. Jamming with other people keeps the songwriting juices flowing. Also, picking up a new instrument helps as well.
Do you have any suggestions for who we should be listening to right now?