Massachusetts trio And The Kids ripped the stage at our unofficial SXSW bash this year. They mostly did songs from their 2015 debut, Turn To Each Other, but they also treated the crowd to a couple jams off their upcoming sophomore effort, Friends Share Lovers. Their debut was good, but there was notable shift in aesthetic on stage between songs taken from their respective albums.
Friends Share Lovers has a more audacious, ambitious, involuted sound with intertwining lines becoming more complex and artfully crashing against each other. The title track is exemplary of their growth. Intricate rolling drum patterns and transitions, wonderfully balanced guitar and bass, and alluring synths compete and combine and play off each other for infectious rhythms. That is not to overlook their consistently introspective lyrics or Hannah Mohan’s silky delivery. She sings, “Sometimes we like each other/ And sometimes we just wish we were with another.” It’s a simple, candid, but resonantly honest sentiment about relationships platonic and romantic, and lifted by the irresistible soundscape it rings undeniably true. Listen.
Friends Share Lovers is out 6/3 via Signature Sounds.