Kid Dad’s Debut LP Holds Its Own In 2020’s New Emo Albums Field

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Emo rock band Kid Dad officially made its debut this week.  The band released its debut album In A Box Friday through Long Branch Records.  The 11-song album is a work that while maybe doesn’t stand out is still a presentation that will appeal to the most devoted emo fans.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content.  One of the songs that makes the 33-minute album appealing to those listeners comes in the form of its single ‘A Prison Unseen.’  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Limbo,’ another of the album’s single, also does well to show why the band’s target audience will appreciate the record.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Window,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is one more way in which the record’s overall content stands out.  When it is considered along with ‘Limbo,’ ‘A Prison Unseen’ and the rest of the album’s songs, that whole makes In A Box that though it stays in the emo box, is still a work that will appeal to the band’s target audiences.

Kid Dad’s debut album In A Box is a presentation that fans of the genre will find appealing.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content.  Its single ‘A Prison Unseen’ is one of the works featured in the album that serves to support the noted statement.  The juxtaposition of its heavy choruses and more reserved verses in itself will engage listeners.  The more powerful choruses, with their wall of sound approach, set against the more reserved verses makes for its own strong statement from the band.  It is an approach that will appeal to fans of Kid Dad’s fellow emo acts, Taking Back Sunday, Finch, and The Get Up Kids.  The back and forth of that energy serves well to illustrate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme, which according to front man Marius Vieth, “is about loss of control and a lack of self restraint that can be invisible to the world around you.  In other words, it is a song that tackles the very real and important issue of mental health.

The noted theme is discussed as Vieth sings in the song’s lead verse, “ugly hair and smoky eyes/Glazy stare like you were crying/What did I do to you?/Alter me and build me new.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “You’re burning my retina/With the smile that I forgot you had/I do not fantasize/No no no/I do not fantasize.”  From there, Vieth stresses repeatedly as the song nears its end, “I’m caged in a prison unseen.”  This is the final and most telling statement in this song.  It is that proverbial accent to the overall statement; the climax so to speak.  As Vieth pointed out, “The protagonist puts his threatened mental well-being over his physical body and embraces the possibility of an utter loss of his senses.”  This is a powerful thought to comprehend.  It is easily a starting point on discussions about mental health.  To that end, this couples with the song’s equally engaging musical arrangement to make the song in whole a clear example of what makes In A Box stand out in this year’s field of new emo releases.  It is just one of the songs that serves as a strong point for the album.  ‘Limbo,’ which is another of the album’s singles, is another way in which the album proves itself worth hearing.

‘Limbo’ is the second single from Kid Dad’s new album.  The song’s musical  arrangement starts out steady and slightly reserved, but gradually builds over the course of its almost three-and-a-half-minute run time, with occasional flashes in its choruses.  The subtlety in Vieth’s vocal delivery style couples with the steady time keeping (which serves as the song’s real foundation here) adds so much depth to the song.  The addition of the guitar and bass to the mix adds to that impact, enriching the arrangement even more.  The nature of the song’s arrangement helps to illustrate the song’s lyrical theme, which takes on the topic o domestic abuse.  Vieth explained the song’s lyrical theme, stating, it is about “being caught between uncertainty and fear, searching for something real to hold onto, in search of hope.”

That message is illustrated partially in the song’s lead verse as Vieth sings, “Strangers hiding under the familiar/Even though I’m changing, aging/They keep getting stranger/Is this who I really want them to be?”  He continues in the song’s second verse, find me hiding underneath the paper/Caught myself in danger/Made of something unfamiliar/This is what I really want/But what for?/What for?/Cut me out a reason to feel better than before.”  Even with all of the deep thoughts and feelings, the song ends positively with Vieth singing, “But I can’t lie/Better than, better than before.”  So it reminds audiences that even in those situations involving domestic violence, there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.  It’s just one more of the album’s most notable songs.  ‘Window’ is another key addition to the record.

‘Window’ is another full-on emo type arrangement.  It is yet another of those soft/strong/soft/strong compositions that are so commonplace on this record.  The verses are softer and more contemplative in nature while the choruses are more fiery.  The song’s lyrical content seems to add to that standard emo lyrical approach.

Vieth sings in the song’s lead verse, “I added a smile/To the pale reflection on my window glass/I stare for a while, a while until I’m tired/Will you be tired too?/Who lives in a box?/Just a lonely stranger?/Anyone I know?/No one’s alone like me until I die.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “The paper boat drowned/To the bottom of the lake that’s in my mind/It’s killing the sound for now/Until I hear screaming.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “There’s only darkness hiding behind these eyes/Only darkness hiding behind this smile/You learn to love your doom/Learn to love your doom.”  Again, this is typical of so many emo songs, lyrically speaking.  This is something that will connect with listeners who perhaps are feeling the same thoughts and emotions that are being expressed here.  To that end, it proves, again, why it is another of the album’s standout works.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s songs, they make the whole of the album even more clearly appealing for the band’s target emo audiences.

Kid Dad’s debut album In A Box doesn’t necessarily think too much outside the emo box.  Even despite that, it is still a work that will appeal to fans of that genre.  That is proven throughout the record, most notably through the songs addressed here.  When those songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, that collective makes the album a work that holds its own against the rest of this year’s current slate of emo albums.  It is available now through Longbranch Records.

More information on Kid Dad’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.kid-dad.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kiddadband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kiddaddudes

 

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Kid Dad Debuts ‘What You Call A Dream’ Video

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Kid Dad debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘What You Call A Dream‘ Thursday.  The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming debut album In A Box, which is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Long Branch Records.  It has already produced the singles ‘Limbo‘ and ‘A Prison Unseen.’

The video for ‘What You Call A Dream’ features the band performing its new single in a minimalist studio setting.  The frenetic feeling generated by the editing would seem to work with the song’s lyrical theme and the manner in which the arrangement was created.

According to information provided about the song, it is meant to focus, lyrically, on a  protagonist who realizes too late that he wasted his life living for another instead of for himself.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘What You Call A Dream’ exhibits a distinct emo-punk sound that will appeal to fans of the noted genre.

Bassist Max Zdunek was quoted as saying that the song’s arrangement came about quickly.

“‘What You Call A Dream’ was a spontaneous jam that came naturally to the band and was written in just an hour,” Zdunek said. “Marius, Michi, and I were in the rehearsal room at some point and hadn’t actually planned on writing a song. The whole thing went faster than we ever thought it was possible. Everything came together without us having to think twice about what would happen next,”

‘What You Call A Dream’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Kid Dad’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.kid-dad.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kiddadband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kiddaddudes

 

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Kid Dad Debuts ‘Limbo’ Video; Launches Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Awareness Campaign

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Kid Dad debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Limbo‘ Thursday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album In A Box, which is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Long Branch Records.  The band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘A Prison Unseen‘ on May 28.

‘Limbo’ is available to stream by itself here.

The video for ‘Limbo’ features a young man running from his home through a countryside setting as the band’s song plays over the video.  The young man is running from the home because it is broken by domestic violence.

The band pointed out that the influence for the video’s treatment was the rise in global domestic violence and child abuse cases due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  This treatment illustrates the song’s lyrical theme, which front man Marius Vieth, discussed in a recent interview.  He said of the song’s lyrical theme, is about being “caught between uncertainty and fear, searching for something real to hold onto, in search of hope.”

The band expanded on that statement in a collective statement about the song’s lyrical theme.

“We address feelings of isolation and entrapment on our debut album ‘In A Box’ and feel obliged to call attention to this situation,” the statement reads.  “We want to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence cases worldwide and encourage people to donate to SOS-Kinderdorf (GERMANY: https://www.soskinderdorf.de/portal/spenden/haeusliche-gewalt) & NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/make-a-donation/ ) in order to support the work they are doing in preventing such violence and supporting victims.”

In its own efforts to help combat child abuse and domestic abuse, Kid Dad has established its own website — kid-dad.com/safeinabox — that raises money to the noted agencies.  One hundred percent of proceeds raised through the website will go to benefit the noted agencies.

The band said of its efforts, “We know we can’t change the world with this, but even if a single child will be helped, then this whole campaign will be worth it!  If you have the means we deeply encourage you to make a donation directly to the organizations.”

More information on Kid Dad’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.kid-dad.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kiddadband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kiddaddudes

 

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Kid Dad Debuts ‘A Prison Unseen’ Video

Courtesy: Long Branch Records

Rock band Kid Dad offered audiences the first preview of its new album In A Box this week.

The band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘A Prison Unseen‘ Thursday.  The video crosses video of the band performing its new single with footage of people in various situations with blindfolds as they deal with different circumstances.  The visuals are meant to illustrate the song’s lyrical theme of addressing mental health.

Front man Marius Vieth discussed the song’s lyrical theme and how it ties into the song’s video in a recent video.

“‘A Prison Unseen’ is about loss of control and a lack of self-restraint that can be invisible to the world around you,” he said. “The protagonist puts his threatened mental well-being over his physical body and embraces the possibility of an utter loss of his senses.”

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of the emo realm with its distinct guitar and drum approach and Vieth’s occasional wailing.  It will appeal to fans of similar acts, such as Taking Back Sunday, Finch and The Get Up Kids.

In A Box is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Long Branch Records.

More information on Kid Dad’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.kid-dad.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kiddadband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kiddaddudes

 

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Prong “carves” out another of 2012’s best metal records

“Carved Into Stone” is a fitting title for Prong’s newst record.  That’s because even though this band has never had major mainstream its reputation has already been, well, carved into stone.  Its reputation was cemented long ago.  This new album is just one more feather in Tommy Victor’s cap.  It’s one more bonus for long time fans of Prong, too.  “Carved Into Stone” is such a standout album in that it takes the best of its previous albums, “Cleansing”, “Rude Awakening” and “Prove You Wrong” and fine tunes them.  The end result is an album that both fans of Prong and metal fans in general will love. 

“Carved Into Stone” is a no nonsense full throttle metal album.  It’s an album made by metalheadsfor metalheads.  Its blistering Nothingface-esque opener, ‘Eternal Heat’ hits listeners right in the face, with no mercy.  [Tommy] Victor shreds through this song as sharply as any  guitarist half his age.  That combined with drummer Alexei Rodriguez’s thousand mile per hour drumming makes ‘Eternal Heat’ a perfect opener here.  Ted Parsons was a good fit for the band during his stint behind the kit.  But Alexei Rodriguez is the best fit that the band has ever had. 

The energy doesn’t let up one bit after ‘Eternal Heat.’  If anything, the band keeps the adrenaline flowing straight through the rest of the album.  Along the way, fans even get a hint of the band’s older albums with the likes of, ‘Revenge..Best Served Cold’, ‘Put Myself to Sleep’, and the album’s closer, ‘Reinvestigate.’

‘Revenge..Best served Cold’ is one of the album’s most familiar songs.  It pays direct homage to the band’s hit song, ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck’ from the album, “Cleansing.’  As amazing as that song still is today, ‘Revenge…Best Served Cold’ is one of those that actually improves upon the original.  It’s even more intense than the original.  What’s more, its just as much an arena anthem style piece that it makes for a perfect radio single.  Of course, it’s just one song of many that makes for wonderful representation of this album. 

‘Put Myself to Sleep’  is another example of the growth of Prong over the course of its existence.  This is another of the album’s songs that harkens back to the band’s past while  looking forward at the same time.  ‘Put Myself to Sleep’ sounds like it would have been a perfect fit on the band’s 1996 album “Rude Awakening.”  And as with ‘Revenge…Best Served Cold’, it actually improves on the original.  It reminds listeners of where the band has been, and where Tommy Victor seems to want the band to go.

‘Reinvestigate’ is another of this album’s tracks that hint back to the days of “Rude Awakening.”  It has that similar feel throughout, without actually ripping off said material.  It shows that while the band has good material in its back catalogue, Tommy Victor seems to have every intention of taking Prong and keeping it rolling hard into the twenty-first century.  And having had the motivation and backing of producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, etc.), this time out, this album may well lead Prong to many more albums before Tommy Victor finally calls it a career.  Hopefully that day won’t be any time soon as “Carved Into Stone” hints that Prong has much more to offer its fans.  However, when and if that day comes, there will definitely be no doubt that Tommy Victor and Prong will have “carved” the band’s place in music history deep into stone.

The band is currently making its way across Europe in support of the new album right now.  Though U.S. fans haven’t been forgotten.  The band will return stateside this Summer to spread the intensity of its new album, beginning in July.  Even fans in North Carolina will get to see the band, when it makes a stop at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, July 20th.  The band will be joined by Clutch at that show.  For more information on Prong and to follow the latest from the band, go online to http://www.prongmusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/prongmusic, and http://twitter.com/prongmusic.