Band Review: Kids These Days

What do you get when you infuse the sounds of blues, hip hop and rock, and mix two horns, a female singer and a blues rock trio with a rapper? Kids These Days.

Chicago native group Kids These Days is a young band (all members are college-aged) that has made huge strides in making a name for themselves in the music industry. With an appearance on Conan, a spot in the 2011 Lollapalooza lineup and a fall tour with Asher Roth, KTD are well on their way to becoming a household name.

KTD currently have one EP, Hard Times and have just released their first full debut album. Their 15-track debut album, Traphouse Rock, was released on Oct. 30. The album was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, a family friend of the band’s guitarist and singer Liam Cunningham.

"Jeff effectively did serve as the producer because he kind of gave us the new perspective on things," said Vic Mensa, the group’s rapper in an interview with "Rolling Stone."

“Jeff really showed us a different side of forming songs inside of the studio that have already been formed outside of the studio. Past producing over half of the songs [the rest were produced by the band with Mario C], he also just gave us the angle to do the other joints that he wasn't around for."

Three stand-out tracks off the album include “Talk 2 You,” a slower, more soulful track, “Doo-wah,” which samples the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind,” and “Don’t Harsh My Mellow.” KTD have released a video for “Don’t Harsh My Mellow,” for which the theme is centered around the recent Chicago Public Schools teachers strike (all of the members of KTD came from Chicago Public Schools).

Kids These Day’s first full debut album, Traphouse Rock, is available for free download off their website.

KTD opened up for Asher Roth at Mojo’s here in Columbia Fri. Nov 16.

By: Eva Lopez | Image: Source

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