Release date: September 24
Contact: alyssa at teamclermont dot com
Press materials: http://teamclermont.com/roster/15953/migrant-kids
Using the elements of water, electricity, vibration, and pulse, this 3-piece from Austin, Texas create an ethereal psychedelic experience of electronic storms, atmospheric voices, and rhythms that unfold and explode in otherworldly scenes.
Migrant Kids was formed in 2011 in Detroit, Michigan by cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor. The two come from a large migrant family where they all grew up playing music together. Soon after the formation of Migrant Kids, John and Miguel decided it was time to leave the harsh winters of Michigan and head south to Austin, which is where they found the 3rd member of the group, Bryan O’Flynn. Bryan, a then recent Austin transplant from Cincinnati, Ohio, shared that special Midwest connection with them and they started creating music together. The trio continued to progress their musical styles and musicianship, resulting in their debut album 2 years later.
Drawing heavily from the influences of David Lynch and the method acting techniques of Stanislavski, Migrant Kids create more than just individual, one-dimensional songs. Their art feels less like an album and more like a drug induced hallucinogenic experience of electronic spirits and atmospheric ghosts. Vocals are breathed, not sung. Melodies pose questions. Rhythms erupt over vast soundscapes.
Every aspect of Migrant Kids is a collaboration, from the musical concepts to the artwork and photography. John & Miguel perform vocals, guitars and bass, and synth arrangements. Bryan performs drums, sampling, and synths.
Migrant Kids is Miguel Ojeda, Bryan O’Flynn, & John Zakoor.
“For our first taste of their debut, the band has released lead single “Canvas Of Me,” a rollicking burst of pop sensibilities and hook-y, interlocking rhythms. Delving deeply into blossoming layers of hazy synths and sun-soaked guitars, with waves of tribal percussion spilling out over the sides, the track is both informed of, and separate from, their own personal histories. Feeling both reverent of their influences and determined to break free of them, Migrant Kids make music that seems to be decades old at times but also modern and relevant. It’s this purposeful dichotomy of influences that keeps their music, and “Canvas of Me” in particular, from feeling too staid or self-aware. Stadium-sized yet intimate, the band never allows the rafter-reaching emotion to overcome the track’s more subtle, communal tendencies.” – Beats Per Mintue