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Wrexham’s Kidsmoke have created an elegant dreamy pop sound with their brand new album, ‘A Vision in the Dark’, that touches on topics such as helplessness, relationship dilemmas, negative influences, and times when you have to just sit back and laugh at yourself.
We spoke to vocalist and guitarist Lance Williams about the origins of the band and what’s coming in the future.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Kidsmoke before?
Lance: I would say we’re a mixture of light and dark. Musically, a lot of our tracks are 3 minute, guitar driven, sunshine-tinged pop songs but lyrically, we tend to write about slightly darker themes.
DP!: How did the band form?
Lance: James and I have been in bands together since we were in school but around 2009 our group disbanded and we spent a bit of time doing other things. In late 2012, we began working on some demos and the songs felt like a step up from what we’d done previously, so we decided to start something up again and Kidsmoke was born (we named ourselves after a Wilco song – one of our favourite bands).
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Lance: Our debut album ‘A Vision In The Dark’ is out on 19th June via Libertino Records. This album has been a long time coming and we’re really excited for people to hear it. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our tour until the end of the year, so we’re really hoping things will have returned to some sort of normality by then. Aside from that, we’ve started writing our second album and are experimenting with different songwriting approaches, so we’re excited to see where that takes us.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Lance: Lance’s Pick – Hazel English; Ash’s Pick – Georgia; James’ Pick – Sobs; Sophie’s Pick – Harkin
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Lance: I think we’re influenced by hard working artists – bands that constantly strive to push themselves forward and don’t rest on their laurels. Maybe this has stemmed from all of us being massive fans of The Beatles and seeing what they achieved in such a short space of time.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Lance: I think it would be toss-up between when our song ‘Take Me to the River’ was used on Charlie Brooker’s Netflix show ‘Black Mirror’ and playing Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival in London in 2018. There’s been lots of stand-out moments for us so far but both of those were very special.
Kidsmoke‘s new album, ‘A Vision In The Dark’, is released on June 19th, via Libertino Records.