The first chapter of the Black Kids' story reads like an indie rock fairy tale.
The first chapter of the Black Kids' story reads like an indie rock fairy tale. Plucked from Jacksonville, Fla., after their demo impressed Pitchfork and the blogosphere, the band found itself the toast of the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon after only a handful of shows under their white belts.
"We were literally just plucked from Jacksonville and thrown in front of a crowd," drummer Kevin Snow says. "And it just kept going. At this point, we haven't been home in nearly a year." A management deal with Quest Management was inked the week of CMJ, and record deals with Almost Gold in the United Kingdom and Columbia in the United States followed. The band then decamped to London to record with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.
The result is "Partie Traumatic," which arrives this week in the States; it was released July 7 in the United Kingdom and debuted at No. 5 there after selling 14,000 copies, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co. The singles "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You" and "Hurricane Jane" reached Nos. 11 and 36, respectively, on the U.K. Singles chart.
The set bounces along poppily, driven by keyboards and singalong choruses. Lead singer Reggie Youngblood lets his wordplay run free on the witty "I've Underestimated My Charm (Again)" and lets his unabashed love for the '80s shine through on "Listen to Your Body Tonight." "We had the record pretty much written before CMJ," Snow says. "That was really helpful, because we were able to go straight to the studio and start laying down tracks."