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Black Kids emerged in a blaze of well-deserved hype in 2008…with Spin calling them ‘thrillingly subversive.” They went Top 10 in the UK.
Alas, what they were not, is prolific. And it took until 2017 for their follow up album to arrive in the form of the excellent Rookie (coming September 15). In the meantime, new single “If My Heart is Broken” (which BlackBook premieres here) finds them back in their finest Anglophilic frippery, all ringing guitars, shimmering melodies and masterful harmonies – but with a bit of an underlying country twang. An anguished Reggie Youngblood pleads, “If my heart is broken / Shouldn’t it stop hurting?”
“This song is the closest thing I have to a regrettable tattoo,” he says, “‘cos when I hear it, I’m reminded that it came about when I legit thought I could move to Nashville and write country songs for Rayna James. I mean, I told everyone I was going to. And then someone told me she’s a fictional character. No ifs about it, I was def heartbroken. It would’ve made a great fake country song for a fake country artist.”
You can catch the Kids live, as they’re planning an eight-date West Coast run in September. East Coast dates will be announced soon.
9/16 – Los Angeles – Future Forward Fest
9/20 – Portland – Mississippi Studios
9/22 – Seattle – The Sunset
9/23 – Bend – Volcanic Theatre
9/24 – San Francisco – Folsom Street Fair
9/25 – Oakland – New Parish
9/26 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room