Coachella ’08 did no favors for our impression of Black Kids’ live set, but Reggie and his young bloods did at least look more the part than before, miming a confidence still not possessed by the Kids’ rhythm section. The band’s relatively glossy videos help to explain that disconnected swagger: backlash and growing pains aside, the Kids are being groomed. The last clip brought a powdered wig premise to the still catchy “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend…,” and video #2 from the forthcoming album of not-MySpace-demos skips forward a few hundred years, switching between a planetarium picnic and scenes of exploding pyramids, jumping for the stars, and lots of slow-motion.
Nice cape, kid. The album, titled Partie Traumatic, is out in the UK on 7/7 via Almost Gold and 7/22 around these parts via Columbia. It’s nice to hear what Bernard Butler’s doing to the demos in a proper studio setting, but we’re most interested to hear the new stuff.