â€œImagine if DJ Shadow were into noise rock, if the Dead Milkmen rapped, or if My Bloody Valentine composed purely with found sounds.â€ â€“ KEXP
Kinetic Stereokids cut its teeth in Flint, Michigan-a city of abandoned auto industry, staggering unemployment and one of the nationâ€™s highest crime rates. What started as childhood friends seeking refuge in basement jam sessions has since developed into an inspired, intelligent and innovative brand of modern rock.
With comparisons ranging from Beck to Mogwai, and the cited influence of Can, Elliott Smith and the Beastie Boys, the Kinetic Stereokidsâ€™ sound is gritty, beat-heavy, sample-laden, lo-fi sonic alchemy.
Kinetic Stereokids first earned recognition playing warm-up shows in the metro Detroit area for acts such as â€¦And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Secret Machines and Explosions In The Sky. The band was consequently signed to Brooklyn-based label Overdraft Recordings.
After the 2007 debut full-length release Basement Kids landed on the CMJ Radio 200 list, Kinetic Stereokids gained national momentum, touring from New York to Los Angeles and from Pop Montreal to South by Southwest.
Basement Kidsâ€™ lead single, â€œExplosions Were Heardâ€ was featured as â€œSong of The Dayâ€ by indie rock heavyweights and web-radio pioneers KEXP-FM Seattle, and was also included on their groundbreaking â€œMusic That Mattersâ€ podcast series. The buzz surrounding Kinetic Stereokids spread beyond the U.S., as well, with its â€œjunkyard folktronicaâ€ dubbed â€œinsidious and addictiveâ€ and â€œattractive in so many waysâ€ by various UK sources.
In February 2008, Kinetic Stereokids headed into Ghetto Recorders to mix their second release, Kid Moves, with Detroit studio legend Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Mooney Suzuki, The Dirtbombs). The result is a more sophisticated effort than Basement Kids, while still retaining Kinetic Stereokidsâ€™ distinctive grit.
Overdraft Recordings has now assembled the first taste of Kid Moves onto the Have A Nice Day EP. â€œHave A Nice Dayâ€ (MP3) is a long-time fan favorite – an organic, beat driven feel-good anthem demonstrating down-home goodness with catchy, pop-influenced refined sound and radio-friendliness. â€œBlunder,â€ however, establishes the true dichotomy of the band in epic proportion. â€œAre you on my side? I know youâ€™re not…â€ sings front man Justin Ford, while the band lets loose a fury of swirling distortion and cacophony, compounding and then imploding in Kinetic Stereokidsâ€™ signature harmonious fashion.
Rounding out the EP is the bonus track â€œExplosions Were Heardâ€ (Live on KEXP) from Kinetic Stereokidsâ€™ remotely broadcast on-air session in Chicagoâ€™s Engine Studios. This track encapsulates-as well as any recording can-the raw power and energy of the bandâ€™s dynamic live show. Superb mastering by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Wilco) brings the entire experience to another level of speaker-shattering sonic assault.
Kinetic Stereokids Live:
10/31/08 Flint, MI The Loft
11/01/08 Lansing, MI (Scene) Metrospace
11/08/08 Flint, MI The Aloha
Have A Nice Day EP Tracklisting:
Release Date: October 14th, 2008
01. Have A Nice Day (MP3)
03. Explosions Were Heard (Live On KEXP)