Sunday, 27 May 2018

Victory Kid - Clownin'

1.    Who?

Victory Kid are a politically active ska/pop punk band from Los Angeles, California. They have been making music since 2015 and Clownin' (Jun'18) is the lead single from their second E.P. Thrillenials (July'18).

2. What?

Clownin' is a standard issue Californian pop punk effort  thatis enlivened by a deep ska feel courtesy in part by the horns provided by Reel Big Fish's Matt Appleton. 

3. Who do they sound like?

Goldfinger, The Offspring, and Blink-182.

4. What have the press said about Victory Kid?

“Excellent beat and melodies dripping out of the speakers … loved it!” – Punk Online. 

“Incorporate a range of punk and rock influences into their horn-fueled and raucous delivery” – Rock N Load. 

“A blend of punk and ska that is politically charged and full of great melodies” – Rock N Load. 

5. Which bands influenced Victory Kid?
Sum41, Blink-182, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Weezer.

6. Why should I give Clownin' a spin?
Because the righteous political indignation raises this bands game above their compatriots. Because the ska factor is ace. Because this is a band of very experienced musicians striking out on their own and leading with their best punches.

7. Do Victory Kid have any more bangers?

8. Any more words?
The trilogy of Victory Kid E.P's was engineered by Allan Hessler (My Chemical Romance, The Used, Goldfinger). 

Goldfinger are one of the most important bands in the third-wave of ska. Formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1994 they have seven albums on their roll of honor. Goldfinger are influenced by bands like Rancid, The Ramones, and Pennywise. Their best song is the cover of Nina Hagen's 99 Red Balloons. Tijuana Sunrise is an album track from their seventh album The Knife (July'17) and is emblematic of their ska punk jive.

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