It’s been a long couple of days. I bought a townhouse almost two years ago and it has been great but over the past few days I have been dealing with the dreaded homeowner’s association and it has seriously drained all of my energy. Long story short, my roof is being replaced today even though I don’t need it or want it. The headache of dealing with the good ol’ boys club that is the association board has only been exacerbated by the pounding they are currently doing on my roof. I need a distraction from the sound and headache so here’s to hoping The Idiot Kids’ EP ‘Nothing’ does just that.
The title track “Nothing” kicks off this quick four-song EP in a perfect way and instantly took me away from all of the noise happening throughout my house. A little surf punk, a little pop-punk, and a whole lot of energy, I could feel my mood completely shift as this opening track started ringing through my house. This opening track is somehow fuzzy yet completely clear and that’s an element I hope reigns supreme throughout the album. I really don’t know how else to explain this genius balance that The Idiot Kids puts on display but it’s absolutely something worth your ears’ time. It’s pure energy and the type of song that makes you want to jump out of your chair and just dance around your house so that’s exactly what I did throughout this first track.
“Bedside” is the quickest track out of the four on this album which is such a shame because this was definitely a favorite of mine. It continues with this brand of fuzzy yet clear music that The Idiot Kids does so flawlessly while bringing an almost retro-styled beat to the mix. Even with that, there’s no denying the power in this second track. Again, I found the beat and overall vibe of this track to be completely addicting. Ear wormy vocals were the icing on the cake when it came to this song along with a guitar solo that, although not frantic or even that complicated sounding, just really complimented this track in the best way possible.
Although the name had me thinking that the third track was going to be a bit calmer and quieter than the previous two songs, “Quiet Game” continues to bring a raw sense of energy and power to the table. Clearly, nothing will slow down The Idiot Kids and I honestly love that. Sure, there’s maybe just a wee bit more of a tender vibe in the vocals but there’s still a super infectious beat behind the 90’s drenched vocals that keeps the song from feeling any more subdued than “Nothing” or “Bedside”. Kind of like seeing a different side of the same coin, I started to wonder if this 90’s vibe in the vocals had been there the whole time and I just never noticed it. Regardless, “Quiet Game” is another stellar track that truly showcases the unique sound and style of The Idiot Kids.
Ending this all-too-quick EP is “Opening”. Kind of ironic that the last track is titled “Opening” but I digress. I found myself struggling to find the words to describe this final track because, to be honest, it’s a lot like the other three and I feel like I’ve said it all before in this quick review. Some people may think of that as a bad thing but I don’t. The Idiot Kids is one of those bands that clearly are so comfortable with their sound and they truly just can not stray from their distinct sound or style and that’s something I absolutely admire and will definitely keep me coming back for more even after this playthrough of their EP.
My Favorite Track(s): “Bedside”
For Fans Of: Infectious Beats; Dancing; Fuzzy Yet Clear Sounds
Mosh-ability: 8 out of 10 (but it would be more of a dance-pit than a mosh pit)
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats hid in the basement because of the loud noises coming from the roof
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.2 out of 10
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