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Black Kids came out of nowhere around 2007 after an amazing performance at the Athens Popfest in Athens, Georgia. They didn’t even have an EP out but had a few songs on their MySpace page (can’t believe using MySpace is now in old man territory) that took them worldwide. They quickly received a ton of hype with Pitchfork naming them the “Best New Music” recommendation for that year and rave reviews from Rolling Stone (Top Bands to Watch) and The New York Times.
They released their first and only album, Partie Traumatic, in 2008 and well, haven’t done much since. They blew up instantly, reached the top charts in the UK and then kind of disappeared. They even released this statement:
Many of you have inquired about whether or not we were, er, dead. And we're totally not. We just took some time to ourselves to load up on college degrees, procreate, and work on other things. We've been working on new music and hope to release album deux ASAP.
They have only released one other song since Partie Traumatic and this one marks their second song in almost eight years.
Pitchfork said that these guys were the new wave revival. Their songs are fun, danceable, catchy, synth-led tunes that are great for background party music. Overall, I love these guys and Partie Traumatic is still a go to album for parties with great songs like “Hit the Heartbrakes” and “I’m Not Gonna Teach Him How to Dance With You” and “Hurricane Jane.” This is another one of those albums that you can listen to all the way through and enjoy almost everything on it as long as you don’t pick it apart for quality musicianship.
Their new song (featured above) took a while to grow on me. It’s not as fun and catchy as the tunes on Partie Traumatic but it’s still great music for a party.
So welcome back, Black Kids. Enjoy making all white people feel uncomfortable saying how much they love your band.
“What are some of your favorite bands?”
“Oh, I love Black Kids!”
Listen to the full album Partie Traumatic below