And The Kids – “Kick Rocks” (Stereogum Premiere)

On their 2015 debut, Turn To Each Other, Massachusetts trio And The Kids created a unique and dizzyingly fantastical world made up of tightly-coiled rock that threatened to unspool at every turn. Their follow-up to that record, Friends Share Lovers, will come out in June, and sees the band becoming even more ambitious, doubling down on the intricately laid-out soundscapes of their debut. “Kick Rocks,” the lead single, starts with a chirpy refrain that’s carried throughout: “I’m gonna die/ I’m gonna get old/ I’m gonna find someone else to live here.” Vocalist and guitarist Hannah Mohan lets out every word with a sneer, as the rest of the band helps her to establish some irresistible harmonies. The song speaks to displacement and moving on, and Mohan feels confident enough to keep moving forward: “Don’t say it is honorable to try/ ‘Cus you think our generation is pretty shy/ I’d say nothing is going to go away, considering our generation is pretty brave.” A rallying cry wrapped up in an idiosyncratic package — seems to sum up this generation pretty well. Listen below.

Tour Dates:
04/08 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
04/09 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
04/11 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar #
04/12 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre #
04/14 Toronto, Canada @ Lee’s Palace #
04/15 Montreal, Canada @ Bar Le Ritz #
06/03 Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
06/04 Turner Falls, MA @ Shea Theater
06/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy *
06/09 New Haven, CT @ Cafe 9 *
06/10 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre *
06/11 Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory *
06/12 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
06/15 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Other Side
06/16 Buffalo, NY @ 9th Ward
06/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
06/18 Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
06/19 Fort Wayne, IN @ Tiger Room
06/22 Bloomington, IN @ Bishop Bar
06/23 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
06/24 Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe
06/25 Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact
06/26 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
06/28 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
06/30 Portland, ME @ SPACE *
07/02 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
07/07 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
07/09 Greenfield, MA @ Green River Fest

# w/ Ra Ra Riot, PWR BTTM
* w/ Vundabar

Friends Share Lovers is out 6/3 via Signature Sounds.

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