Kid Brother Collective - Highway Miles (Reissue)
Record Label: Count Your Lucky Stars
Release Date: November 28, 2012
Some bands just click. They release a few tracks and everyone begins to rave about how they've changed the scene forever. The odd time this is due to sheer unrivaled talent, however most of the time it's basically down to luck. If the right person tells all their friends at the right time, legends can be created. However some bands never get their time in the light. No matter how deserved it may be, no matter how great they may be, they'll release a couple of albums to a little bit of praise and will then go away and never be heard of again. Kid Brother Collective are unfortunately one of the latter bands. Formed in 1997 and gone again by 2003, Kid Brother Collective released two albums but never quite got out of the basement of the underground.
However, nine years later the band are back again and, in anticipation for their reunion tour, Count Your Lucky Stars Records have re-released 2003’s Highway Miles. Hopefully this time round the record will get the attention that it deserves. Highway Miles is eleven tracks of post-hardcore tinged emo that sounds just as fresh now as it did way back when. Combining the 90s emo sound with twinkle daddy features and a Quicksand-esque edge (I’m aware that this sound overly specific, but hell, it’s accurate), Kid Brother Collective have created an album thats for fans of any incarnation of emo. The album starts off with the slow paced “Our Last Night”, a sleepy, calm introduction to the release which does its job of lulling the listener into the release with a pretty tenderness that culminates with the dial tone of a phone. From then on the album establishes itself as simply excellent. The vocals throughout the record have an very youthful, organic feel to them, swapping between bare, stripped back vocals and a more gruff, rougher sound. Although they may not be the most technically spot on vocals they have a lot of personality to them which is far more enjoyable than just being able to hit the right notes.
Technically speaking, Kid Brother Collective aren’t a particularly showy band. Most of the tracks on here are pretty simple, however it’s the manner in which they deploy the simple instrumentation that makes them special. “Light Sleeper” starts off slowly before the crescendo into a highly emotive instrumental finish.. Yes, the instrumentation isn’t overly impressive, however it doesn’t stop the track from being intelligent and highly attractive. Another highlight of the release is “Too Many Tomorrows (A Fair Warning)” with its late 90s pop punk air and its subtle, yet insane catchiness. This is another highly redeeming factor of Kid Brother Collective, every track on the album has a subtle catchiness to it. Whilst they won’t stick in your head instantly, after a while of listening to the album, it’ll refuse to leave your brain and you’ll be all the happier for it.
It’s been awhile since Kid Brother Collective had their first shot at popularity and becoming a great band. Despite the fact that this band should be listed off among bands such as The Promise Ring, Texas Is The Reason and their ilk, they haven’t been paid nearly as much credit as they should have been. Highway Miles is an excellent record that shouldn’t have been overseen first time round, however let’s go for second time lucky this time around.