Get To Know: Kids These Days
If you haven’t yet heard of Chicago up and comers Kids These Days then we suggest you sit back, relax and really dive into this article.
The members of Kids These Days came together while still in high school. Even though the group was spread around a few Chicago schools, the majority of them attended the same music program at the Merit School of Music. The group consists of Nico Segal (Trumpet), J.P. Floyd (Trombone), Macie Stewart (Vocals/Keys), Lane Beckstrom (Bass), Greg Landfair Jr (Drums), Liam Cunningham (Guitar/Vocals) and Vic Mensa (Rapper). After spending their early days jamming out in Liam’s basement, the group eventually began to create the genre-bending sound we hear from them today.
KTD, an acronym they often go by, showcases this mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues, and rock influences masterfully at their live shows – which seem to be getting bigger and bigger every time a new one is announced. After headlining shows at some of Chicago’s great local venues such as Lincoln Hall and The Metro in 2011, KTD has spent much of the last year touring the United States. The group has shared stages with major artists such as The Roots, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, George Clinton, and Kid Cudi, and has taken part in music festivals including Lollapalooza, Ottawa Blues Fest, South By Southwest, and Summerfest.
When the group is not performing, they’re recording. Last June, the group released the five track EP, Hard Times, and have since been hard at work putting together their debut full length Traphouse Rock with fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy of Wilco producing. Kids These Days’ fans have been able to get a small taste of what to expect on Traphouse Rock thanks to a nationally televised performance of their track “Spottie” on the Conan O’Brien show as well as yesterday’s release of “Flashing Lights” – a new song inspired by the Kanye West hit (listen below).
Considering they’ve been featured in the New York Times, Complex Magazine, and MTV, it’s hard to say Kids These Days is Chicago’s best kept secret. However, there is still plenty of time for you catch up these young talents so you have bragging rights down the road when someone asks you “Hey, have you ever heard of the band Kids These Days?”
Kids These Days: Flashing Lights
Kids These Days: Spottie (on Conan)
Kids These Days will be headlining an official Lollapalooza After Show at Shubas on August 2nd 2012: Find Tickets
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