Chin Up, Kid are a pop punk band from Indianapolis who formed in 2013. I recently got the chance to interview them, I’ve been a fan of Chin Up, Kid for a few years so it was an honor. I discovered them through my obsession with A Day To Remember a few years a go.
They released their latest album ‘The Way You Live Is Common’ last month.
I interviewed the band and got to know them a little better….
Firstly, introduce yourselves! Who’s in the band and who plays what?
Ben is the vocalist, Cheyenne is the rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist, Michael is the lead guitarist, Will is the bassist/backing vocalist and Davey is the drummer/backing vocalist.
What is the meaning/ how did you come up with the band name?
Chin Up, Kid came about because we wanted to write positive and influential music for people.
When did you form?
We formed March 3, 2013.
You released your 2016 album ‘The Way You Live Is Common’ (which is an awesome album by the way!) for free for a short time. I think that’s a pretty cool thing to do for your fans, what was the reasoning behind it?
We spent over a year perfecting this album and just wanted to give it away to make up for that wait. We just want our music in as many hands as we can get them in.
Do you have any plans for the next album yet?
We have talked about writing a new album but at this point we just want to play out and get some touring under our belt.
Who or what has influenced your music the most?
We have many influences individually. As a band though we have the same influence in pop punk bands such as New Found Glory and Sum 41.
I think you guys are going to get very big very quickly, who would you love to tour with?
We would love to tour with so many! Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, State Champs. New Found Glory, the list goes on!
If you could work with a band/artist on a record, who would it be?
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, we are currently in the warped tour contest with hopes of winning to record with him.
Are you playing any shows or festivals soon?
Our next show is our last hometown show for awhile. It’s April 15th at The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN.
What do you have planned for the next year or so?
Tour, tour and more tour! with a couple of music videos thrown in there.
Do you guys have any plans to come to the UK?
As of now we don’t but that would be really sweet! We would totally come there!
Where can people check out your music?
We are on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp and more!
Thank you so much to Chin Up, Kid for giving me the opportunity to interview them, it was awesome and I wish the guys all the luck in the world. Please check out their album The Way You Live Is Common.
You can also find Chin Up, Kid here..
7 years by Lukas Graham is the best selling song so far this year, played repeatedly on radio stations across the world, it’s no wonder their self titled album has been highly anticipated. Lukas Graham are a pop-soul band from Denmark, who have been very successful across Europe with their 2012 self titled debut album, which went quadruple-platinum in Denmark.
Now they have released their 2016 self titled album to the world. They describe their sound as ‘ghetto pop’. “Mama Said” seems to sample the Jay-Z smash hit “Hard Knock Life” and if released as a single, will surely be a huge success for the lads. The whole album is about trying seeing the positive in negative situations and Lukas himself takes you through various parts in his life. “Strip No More” is about Lukas losing his virginity to a lap dancer at a lap dance club (that is surely ghetto?) The piano balled “better than yourself” certainly pulls at your heart strings and adds a little something different to the whole theme of the album. The track “Funeral” is Lukas seeing the bright side of his own death, telling his friends to party for him when he passes, it is my personal favourite track on the album as it has a gospel vibe to it.
Fans of Maroon 5 earlier work (Songs About Jane) would love this album as it has a similar theme and sound, and Mika’s “Life In Cartoon Motion” album. If you’re looking for an album that will fill you with positive thoughts and you can relate to Lukas losing his virginity in a lap dancing club, then this album is for you! I think this album could be the key to their success here in the UK.
I give it a 7/10!