SPOTLIGHT: SHY KIDS
They say write about what you know. Unfortunately, I know little about this band. But one thing is for certain, Shy Kids (Facebook // Twitter) have put out a pretty incredible 3-track EP called Field Trips. I've been kicking it around for the past month or so and can't get enough of it. And shortly after you listen and rush to throw the Animal Collective reference around, just listen again. Sure, they have the percussion-heavy, psychedelic flowing tracks, but let influences be strictly that. If you dying to compare, they sound a bit like Annuals...before someone put a gun to their head and went POP.
They also say don't judge a book by it's cover. Well, same goes for this band with its name. The amount of instrumentation and melodic craftsmanship in this EP could give plenty reason for these young guys to enter the big leagues without a problem. It's indie-psyc-pop at it's finest with an array of drums, effected guitars, trippy samples and catchy choral arrangements that burst with energy.
'Raise 'em Right' crashes and jumps around a simple theme of parenthood, with it's jutting guitars and child-like vocals. But the sarcastic and playful tones take over halfway through and the tune carries you into the next peaceful tracks of 'In the Puddin' and 'Teachers.' Like a shy kid retreating after throwing a tantrum, the remainder of the EP keeps at a slow but ever so captivating rhythm. And like many introverted beings, it's fascinating.
Shy Kids are a trio consisting of Warwick Cedarstar, Mattheo Woodbro and Peter Hornerick. They hail from Toronto and come highly recommended. Take a listen and name your price for their album on their bandcamp.