Rozwell Kid

Rozwell Kid

Precious Art

SideOneDummy Records

Rating: 4/5




After spending six years and producing three full length albums on the indie circuit, West Virginia power-pop quartet Rozwell Kid have made the jump to SideOneDummy Records’ reputable roster.  It’s a natural next step for the rising band, not just in raising their profile and expanding their audience, but in finding a home that won’t muzzle their spastic, pop-punk tendencies. Labelmates AJJ and Jeff Rosenstock serve as perfect examples of equally free spirits finding their way and honing their sounds in such a way.

The same is true of Rozwell Kid’s fourth LP, Precious Art, which finds the band tightening their garage-influenced sound while harnessing a creative vision sure to peak the interest of longtime fans and newcomers alike.  “I’m down to my underwear because I threw it all away in a Wendy’s trashcan” sings frontman Jordan Hudkins of leaving behind the daily grind in favour of leaving worldly disposition and blazing your own trail.  “Wendy’s Trash Can” opens the album as welcome reassurance that Rozwell Kid is as energetic and prone to humour as ever.  While definitely representing the punkier side of their musical repertoire, the combination of quick simple riffs and playful chorus-verse format translates well into the present.  Similar tracks like the obscure Weird Al referencing “UHF on DVD” and odd little romantic number “Booger” succeed on account of similar marriages of bizarre content with catchy outcomes.

Much of the record bears comparison with the grunge-pop of Weezer origins.  When the pace tempers and tempo slows, tracks like “Futon” and “MadTV” offer up an easy flowing, slacker-rock mentality reminiscent of the 90’s.  Rozwell Kid manage a strong sense of meander meets direction not unlike that of Gregory Pepper & His Problems – never reluctant to explore the unexpected and veer towards scenic detour or tangent.  From songs of early childhood friendships and summers spent trading comic books and watching vintage Ninja Turtles movies (“Michael Keaton”), to effective sub-minute primarily instrumental interludes (“South By”), Precious Art flows naturally in sequence and substance.  Only “Gameball” tends to drag towards the album’s close, with it’s slumber-like chords feeling sleepier than interesting in execution.

Overall, Rozwell Kid’s latest entry succeeds as both their SideOneDummy Records debut and natural continuation of their zany Rozwell Kid antics.  With plenty of relatable themes and pop-culture references to boot, taking Precious Art for a spin is as rewarding to dig through lyrically as it is to groove along with on the surface.  An easy recommendation.

Rozwell Kid Stream New LP In Full

Rozwell KidRozwell Kid has premiered a stream of their freshly dropped full length, Precious, which dropped on June 23, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to and order the album here.

Rozwell Kid – Wendy’s Trash Can

Rozwell KidRozwell Kid has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Wendy’s Trash Can” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Precious, which is set to drop on June 23, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records.

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Video: Rozwell Kid – South By

Rozwell KidRozwell Kid has premiered a new music video for the song “South By.” The song is from an as of yet undisclosed album from the band, which is set to drop sometime later this year via SideOneDummy Records.

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Pkew Pkew Pkew Announce LP & Tour Dates, Stream Single

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The band have also announced a series of shows in July alongside Direct Hit! which will follow on from their previously announced tour in June with PUP and Rozwell Kid. Check out the stream of Asshole Pandemic here and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Video: Rozwell Kid – Magic Eye

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Watch the video below.

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Tours: PUP / Rozwell Kid

PupCanadian punk outfit PUP has announced that they will be heading on tour with Rozwell Kid for the “If This Doesn’t Kill You, I Will” tour.  The band will be supporting their upcoming album, The Dream Is Over, due out later this year via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Rozwell Kid Sign To SideOneDummy Records

RRozwell Kidozwell Kid has joined forced with SideOneDummy Records.  The band, known for its relentless touring schedule, continues to support their 2014 album, Too Shabby. The band will be making a stop at this year’s Fest ’14 and will meet up for even more dates with Andrew Jackson Jihad and The Get Up Kids.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: The Hotelier / Oso Oso / The Spirit Of The Beehive / Runaway Brother

Hotelier - Home Like Noplace There IsThe Hotelier has announced that they will head on tour this Fall with  Oso Oso, The Spirit Of The Beehive and Runaway Brother.  The band already announced plans for tours with Beach Slang & Rozwell Kid later this month and The Get Up Kids and Josh Berwanger in September.

The band continues to support their first two albums, both available via Tiny  Engines Records.  Tour listings are below.

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Stream: Kitthawk – ‘Soft Serve’

KittyhawkChicago emo outfit  Kittyhawk are streaming Soft Serve, their contribution to the recently announced 4 way split, Sundae Bloody Sundae which features tracks form fellow emo bands The World Is a Beautiful Place…, Rozwell Kid, and Two Knights. The split is due for release on November 18th vi Skeletal Lightning and you can stream Soft Serve via AbsolutePunk.

Tours: The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die / The Hotelier / Rozwell Kid / Posture & the Grizzly

the-world-is-a-beautiful-placeConnecticut indie rock band The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die have announced a series of North American headlining tour dates with The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, and Posture & the Grizzly. They are out supporting their latest full length, Whenever, If Ever which was released last year on Topshelf Records.

Full dates below.

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