In A Box is the explosive debut album of rising German four-piece, Kid Dad. Showcasing the band’s vast and fearless sound palette, the release is filled with rock/punk indie anthems which enclose a myriad of dark and ambiguous questions.
Kid Dad’s music tips its hat to artists such as Radiohead and Biffy Clyro whilst maintaining striking originality to its dynamic alternative style. The making of the album was aided by songwriting trips to England, China and Switzerland, as well as their time spent in Berlin; this undoubtedly immersive experience is mirrored in the music and displays their fine attention to detail.
The opening 18-second track is a tension building promise of things to come. Quickly and confidently, this opener uses heavily distorted guitars and sound effects which are so haunting that it would not feel out of place in a horror film.
Alas, the album then throws us into ‘A Prison Unseen’. With its speedy tempo and guitar-driven opening, this is surely enough to give anyone a sensory overload. Having already been released as a single, this track is a corker amongst fans, and it’s easy to see why. Sonically, the track is anthemic and will have you screaming its lyrics in the chorus, no matter how dark:
‘Stab my eyes / Hit me blind / It’s too bright to hide / Blur my senses’.
‘Happy’ continues the legacy of Kid Dad’s punk rock sound. Marius’ impressively raw vocals are a particular highlight here, reaching dizzy heights in the chorus with a hard-edged, intense sound. With catchy guitar riffs and heavy drums also underpinning the track, this is not one for the faint-hearted.
Next comes my two personal favourites, ‘Limbo’ and ‘[I Wish I Was] On Fire’. I am a sucker for a rock track with a soft guitar/vocal opening, and both tracks caught my attention for this reason. ‘Limbo’ shows Marius’ softer vocal tones and places us on a plane of dreamy rock sounds in the verses, whilst building up to a slightly harder rock sound in the chorus. The latter track is, again, a vocal and guitar-driven opening with a moderate, head-bopping tempo which builds into an intense layered texture in the chorus.
‘What You Call A Dream’ oscillates between hard and soft rock sounds, featuring distortion and guitar wrapped around profound lyrics which express the pain of longing: ‘kiss me on my forehead / place me on your knees / you dreamed of that’. These sonic contrasts certainly reflect the conflicts expressed across the album, placing Kid Dad’s songwriting skills on the promising ground.
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‘Window’ uses mellow, acoustic guitar chords in verses to alter the palette, as well as retaining the infamous electric guitar riffs against Marius’ powerhouse vocals. The band’s ability to mix acoustic with electric sounds is certainly one to be envied.
The following three tracks, ‘The Wish Of Being Alone’, ‘Naked Creatures’ and ‘Your Alien’ similarly toy with the sound and style balance within their genre. The former is a particularly sombre song which discusses the wish for a solitary existence, accompanied by a haunting chord sequence and riffs which perpetuate loneliness. ‘Naked Creatures’ on the other hand, brings back Kid Dad’s hard rock chorus’ into the mix, once again spotlighting the satisfying, rough edges of Marius’ voice.
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As an incredible album comes to a close, overloaded with sound effects and intriguing sonic twists and turns, Kid Dad ends the piece with a touchingly gentle track, ‘Live With It’. Bringing us down from the highs of energetic hard rock, this song is the ideal close. The star of the track is the otherworldly guitar and bass riffs, which underpin the track and gently move it forward. Having bombarded its listeners with dark themes, the band tentatively pushes us to an ambiguous conclusion. ‘I live with it, I live with it’, Marius suggests in shaky vocals.
In A Box is a force to be reckoned with, displaying Kid Dad’s abundance of potential and paving the way for a promising musical future.
Kid Dad’s debut album In a Box is out now, don’t miss out!