Black Kids Release New Album Rookie Today + Fall Tour

Black Kids are finally back, and their new album, Rookie is out today. The record, their first release since their 2008 debut album Partie Traumatic, was recorded and co-produced by Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction. Black Kids will kick off their US tour with a blow-out album release bash at the Echoplex in Los Angeles this Saturday, September 16, featuring special guests the Seratones.
Tickes are available here.

9/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
9/20 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
9/22 - Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
9/23 - Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
9/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Folsom Street Fair
9/25 - Oakland, CA @ New Parish
9/26 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
9/29 - San Diego,CA @ Casbah
10/22 - Washington, DC - DC9
10/23 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
10/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
10/26 - Cambridge, MA - Sonia
10/28 - South Burlington, VT - Showcase Lounge
10/29 - Montreal, Canada - Petit Campus
10/30 - Toronto, Canada - The Garrison

Stream and Purchase Rookie Here

"Obligatory Drugs"
"In a Song"
"If My Heart Is Broken"

Why did it take the band ten years to record a new album, you ask???
"Much like Odysseus and Co., on our journey to make the 'difficult second album,' s got rough," singer Reggie Youngblood says. "A few of us heeded the siren call of 'side projects.' Tumultuous relationships and periods of Imposter Syndrome also impeded progress. Worst of all, I couldn't write a chorus. And for a band that worships The Chorus, this was problematic."

After touring exhaustively in support of Partie Traumatic, Youngblood and his bandmates - bassist Owen Cohen and keyboardists/vocalists Ali Youngblood and Dawn Watley - resettled around the U.S., in Brooklyn, Portland, and Athens, Georgia. Reggie started a power-pop group called Blunt Bangs. Owen released records on Kill Rock Stars under the moniker Gospel Music. Ali and Dawn sang and played and crafted. In late 2015, the four convened in Athens to make "Obligatory Drugs".

Rookie is more lyrically earnest than its predecessor, and Youngblood notes that the "bratty-ness" is toned down - "but just a lil' bit," he says. "Yeah, the themes from our debut are still firmly in place on our sophomore: I love you, but you don't love me; you love me, but I don't love you; you're mean, I'm mean-shall we dance?"
Ugh, FINE.

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