Black Kids: They May Leave The Internet Because Of You

up-Black_Kids.jpgOK, not because of you, but because head Kid Reggie Youngblood didn’t realize how tiring it was to actually be in a band that was a major-label’s balance-sheet concern (16,000 SoundScans to date!) and perform and live up to unreasonable expectations all at once. “I don’t know if there’s going to be a second record,” Youngblood told “If anything, [performing] has hindered my songwriting because I’m used to writing on my own pace, at my leisure, or while I’m supposed to be working a proper job. I don’t really have time to sit down. When I’m not performing, I’m usually really tired and just want to sleep.” Sure, I can be smart-ass about it and say that some people kind of saw their hasty demise coming–even before they saw their unfortunate live show–but oh boy do I know the “just let me take a nap” feeling. [Spinner via exclaim]

  • How do I say this … THROWDINI!

    You know, I somehow missed out on all the blog-based Black Kids build up and tear down. I heard “I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance” on the radio, didn’t know it was them, and was able to come to my own conclusion. Not bad, not great, upbeat enough for the summer.

    I saw them a few weeks ago in LA. It was a pretty fun show. The lead singer pretty clearly wants to be Prince, but, what’s wrong with that? There are worse people to immitate. Its not like I can see Prince in a smallish club for $20.

  • brasstax

    Black Kids tickets are $20?

  • Anonymous

    Call whine-one-one and get the whambulance down here right away! Everyone else in a band has to write and perform but usually while juggling work and other commitments. Maybe this guy isn’t cut out to be in a full time band, and he should just go back to screwing around at his “proper job”.

  • sicksteanein

    Suck it up, Reggie.

  • Anonymous

    Oh well, one record will be fine. Thanks guys!

  • RaptorAvatar

    Does the 16k include digital? I like doing the thought expiriment where I try to imagine someone having a transcendant moment with “Partie Traumatic” and it just doesn’t happen. The closest I can come to it is a sort of bouyant ennui, like going to a party you know you’ll hate just to get out of the house.

  • MayhemintheHood

    Is he expected to have new material out NOW? I just don’t get the reasoning…i’m sure touring is taking up all of his time right now, but that’s what bands do. Then after extenseive touring, you can take some months off and write new material. Right?

  • Maura Johnston

    @RaptorAvatar: It does.

  • How do I say this … THROWDINI!

    @brasstax: In LA, $20 is pretty much the cheapest you’re gonna pay for a band mentioned here.

  • Ned Raggett

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: For sure. Cheaper shows abound — I should use this space to plug my friends who book under the Acrobatics Everyday banner — but not at the relative fame level noted, sadly.

  • Anonymous

    Walk it off pussy.

  • Lax Danja House

    It takes a bigger man to walk away. Or is it blacker kid idk

  • Anonymous

    Whaaat? Is this kid really so out of touch with how major labels treat “the other 95%” that he thought he’d just coast through the next three years on a wave of fuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnn? I feel very little sympathy for this cat.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe chill and release an album in a year or two? Build up some songs and pick the best ones? Come up with a new direction to take your fans in? Ah, that word. Fans. Damn digital age.

  • breedavies

    You really need to make it to the Panic At the Disco level of popularity to start acting like that. Ryan Ross does the forlorn, apathetic barely 20-something rountine WAY better, Reggie.