Rock Kills Kid
One of the nice things about being in one’s mid-30s is that there’s now a bunch of young bands who think it’s the neatest damn thing to sound just like all the bands from 1983. Case in point: Rock Kills Kid, whose album Are you Nervous? sounds like the boys in the band were fed a diet of only the purest early 80s KROQ bands. Indeed, “Hideaway” (which you can hear at the first link there) is just like unearthing some lost cut from the Valley Girl soundtrack, and “Raise Your Hands” is arguably the best approximation of War-era U2 since The Alarm totally chucked its own musical personality to become U2-too.
The gleeful pressing of pleasure centers this album provides is evidence (if there was any needed) that we continue to love what we loved as teens, even when we’re old enough to pretend to know better (This is why I’m a sucker for The Killers, too, who RKK shamelessly apes in their first single “Paralyzed”). I suppose one could criticize RKK for not exactly having its own musical personality, and thus the album as a whole lacks cohesion. But, really. Ask me if I care. It’s like a smorgasbord of all my teenage 12-inch extended singles. The only problem with this album from my point of view is that it came out a year too soon, because it would be perfect for me to take to my 20-year high school reunion next year.
Of course, the real problem here is that we’re only a couple years away from a Hair Metal revival. Gird your loins now.