The Intangible Magic of

Killin Me Kid

By Matty K

February 26, 2021

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There’s not much room for doubt, when it comes to the future of the indie rock scene, if it continues to produce acts like Killin Me Kid. This Boise, Idaho rock band recently dropped two singles that have us anxiously awaiting the coming release of their first full-length studio album Slightly Confused and Vaguely Amused. Drawing inspiration from their love of 90s grunge and alternative rock, Killin Me Kid is delivering an auspicious taste of what’s to come with the release of these first two singles.

The first single, “For Nothing,” draws you in with a low-fi intro that rings reminiscent of some of the great proto-punk garage bands of the past. As the intro gives way, the track lets you know that Killin Me a rock band through and through, have no mistake! Do you love fuzz and distortion? Of course you do and there is plenty of it to enjoy on this one. With lyrics delivered with a true harmonic power and a touch of British punk attitude, “For Nothing” is able to draw on the bands influences while delivering an up-to-date and original performance. The sort of track that makes you yearn for live performances and rockin’ crowds.

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Their second single “Certain Kind of Sad” is just an exceptionally killer track that demonstrates a writing prowess usually found in much more seasoned bands. There is an intangible magic to this song that I’ve been trying to put my finger on since I first I heard it, but I think I’ve figured it out. All bands pull from their influences, that’s just the way it works. The difference is in how they pull it off. Not by imitation but by taking the best of what has come before, keeping it alive, and moving it forward. That’s what’s being accomplished here. You’ll hear riffs that could be on The Smashing Pumpkins' first album. You’ll hear a vocal performance the likes of Matthew Sweet or Shawn Smith. And it might just bring you back to a certain time and place. Great song!!!

Killin Me Kid’s first two singles are available on all of the major platforms so be sure to check them out, you’ll be glad that you did. And remember to keep an eye out for their forthcoming full-length album Slightly Confused and Vaguely Amused.


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Matty K is an avid rock & roll fan. The sounds, the imagery, the folklore...there’s a passion for it all. Lifelong Jersey local and a self-proclaimed “basement musician,” he finds himself spending a lot of time explaining why he’s not a music snob. “Hmm...maybe I am.”

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