This year’s CMJ merit badge for obligatory buzz-chasing wasn’t earned without at least once seeing Jacksonville, Florida’s Black Kids; every chatty writer/blogger/scenester seemed to have hit at least one of their four appearances this week. The first two were universally panned; their set at R Bar for BV’s party was number three, and by the admission of any multi-set seer and the Kids themselves, it was their personal best-of-fest.
“So, I know there’s been a lot of hype,” started singer/guitarist Reggie Youngblood, “…about how good looking we are.” Our expectations (about their music, not their good looks) had been sufficiently tempered by the stories of equipment blowouts, shoddy performances, etc. but the Kids made out alive and smiling. It’s a dash of the Cure and a good bout of cheercore (at times a Floridian Los Campesinos!), and the black and white kids have presence. Yeah they’ll need a little time to grow into the attention live, but you don’t need any patience with the songs; the EP’s straight great, instantly. So quickly enjoyable, in fact, you don’t even need to wait for a mail order. Or to track down a leak. Download it at the band’s MySpace.
Now, the bad news: this bit of live vid isn’t the most flattering thing. So use your imagination to fill in better sound (and while you’re at it, better drums), and press play…
Or, just take the EP MP3: