And The Kids Examine Blurred Boundaries Of Close-Knit Relationships On Stunning New Album Friends Share Lovers, Out June 3rd

Hear First Single “Kick Rocks” Via Stereogum 

Currently On Tour With Ra Ra Riot And PWR BTTM, Headlining Tour Starts In June 

April 7, 2016 – Today, And The Kids announces the release of their new album Friends Share Lovers, out June 3rd on Signature Sounds. The album examines blurred boundaries in close-knit relationships, channeling existential crises into pop euphoria.  The quartet manages to conjure chunky indie rock, blissful new wave, chamber folk, jarring avant-garde, and brawny classic rock, navigating this expansive creativity with aplomb. Listen to first single “Kick Rocks” here.

Stereogum says Friends Share Lovers “sees the band becoming even more ambitious, doubling down on the intricately laid-out soundscapes of their debut.” NPR Music tabbed the “immensely talented” And The Kids as one of their favorite acts at this year’s SXSW. In a feature on the Western Massachusetts indie scene, Pitchfork says the band is “among the scene’s brightest creative lights.”

“The friends we grew up with were troublemakers, lost souls, dropouts, and mother figures,” says And The Kids guitarist and vocalist Hannah Mohan. “The title of the album references the incestuousness of friend groups and how things get messy.” In addition to Mohan, And The Kids is Rebecca Lasaponaro on drums, Megan Miller on synthesizers and percussion, and bassist Taliana Katz. 

In 2012, the fledging duo of Mohan and Lasaponaro (who have been making music together since seventh grade) met Miller when the three were interns at the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen, MA, and soon after welcomed her into the band. Recently, Miller has battled visa problems as a Canadian citizen and has been forced out of the United States for five years. To show the strength of their bonds as friends and artists, And The Kids chose to record Friends Share Lovers in Montreal so that Miller could participate. Recently, the trio added bassist Taliana Katz, a close and trusted friend who also attended IMA, to maintain a full sound live in Miller’s forced absence from American touring.

When it came time to record, the band chose Canada as a show of solidarity to their bandmate Miller. With Miller on board and their sights set on Canada, they tapped producer Jace Lasek, a member of The Besnard Lakes who has produced albums from Suuns and Land of Talk, and has mixed and recorded for Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Patrick Watson. Lasek came on as a co-producer, collaborating with And The Kids and helping the band realize its sonic aesthetic on the album.

And The Kids are in the middle of a tour with Ra Ra Riot and PWR BTTM and will start their own headlining tour in June. The headlining tour is bookended by appearances at Mountain Jam and the Green River Festival.

Friends Share Lovers Track List

1.     Kick Rocks

2.     I Dropped Out

3.     Cheer For Babies

4.     Picture

5.     Friends Share Lovers

6.     Creeper

7.     Without Purpose

8.     I Can’t Tell What The Time Is Telling Me

9.     Strange To Be

10. Pennies, Rice

 

And The Kids Spring/Summer Tour Dates

Apr 08 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #

Apr 09 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #

Apr 11 - Columbus, OH- A&R Music Bar #

Apr 12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre #                

Apr 14 - Toronto, Canada - Lee's Palace #      

Apr 15 - Montreal, Canada - Bar Le Ritz #

Jun 3 - Hunter,  NY - Mountain Jam
Jun 4 - Turner Falls, MA - Shea Theater
Jun 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy *
Jun 9 - New Haven, CT - Cafe 9 *
Jun 10 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre *
Jun 11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory *
Jun 12 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
Jun 15 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Other Side
Jun 16 - Buffalo, NY - 9th Ward
Jun 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
Jun 18 - Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar
Jun 19 - Fort Wayne, IN - Tiger Room
Jun 22 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop Bar
Jun 23 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
Jun 24 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe
Jun 25 - Cincinnati, OH - Urban Artifact
Jun 26 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
Jun 28 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
Jun 30 - Portland, ME - SPACE *
Jul 2 - Burlington VT - ArtsRiot
Jul 7 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
Jul 9 - Greenfield, MA - Green River Fest

# with Ra Ra Riot, PWR BTTM   
* Vundabar supports

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