A few months back we featured the initial foray of newly minted New Jersey supergroup Kids With Guns and their video for single “Shade“. Comprised of former and current members of bands like Black Water, Zac Clark & The Griswolds, Meet Pause, and Quebec, Quebec, the Passaic quartet now shares their evolutionary, sum of experiences garage rock debut Normal Is Nothing.
There’s a immediately palpable sense of creative flow and unshackling from the record’s inception as opener “Violins” bounces with a rollicking backbeat and jagged guitar passages while Adam Nicholas Copeland tries to forget about a flame gone to easy manipulation.
Without taking a strong sonic foothold in any particular genre, Kids With Guns then shakes garage walls with a classic burner in “One Minute Long Autobiographical Punk Rock Song” which employs team vocal call outs not unlike a harder laced Devo. Completing the impressive opening trio of tracks is the metaphorical “Medusa” which opens with is bookended by balladry, but rises as a perfect slice of toe tapping indie-rock.
The latter half of the Normal Is Nothing play with a wonderfully languid guitar tone in “Underwater Song”, and high stakes, energy, and paranoia with “The Aftermath” and “Golden Pavilion” which evoke The Dismemberment Plan’s penchant for thoughtful psych-segues.
Kids With Guns set out to create a debut LP that emanated a lovingly crafted amalgamation of the visual and aural influences of the band’s distinct personalities. With Normal Is Nothing, this promising group has produced a unique and exciting effort that hits on every point and expands on their eclectic approach.
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