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The Game

Kids Like Us

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Kids Like Us is nominally a Florida hardcore band, but their ambitions wind up stretching their sound to encompass noise-rock, doom, and metal, and even a little bit of Southern rock. They've got the hardcore gang-shout down, but lead vocalist Lars' delivery is like a cross between the usual HC drill instructor and a slurring sociopath like Eyehategod's Michael Williams. Some of the riffs have quite a bit of sludge to them. There's some surprisingly top-shelf guitar work on this album, too, as evidenced by the bluesy solo on "Black Box Warning." The basslines are thunderous and almost detuned, recalling industrial metal of the '90s like Prong, and the drumming has a nasty metallic edge — this guy seems to have heard Lars Ulrich's snare on St. Anger and taken it as an example to be emulated. This album goes by fast — as with their prior releases, it's over in well under a half-hour, with only two songs passing the three-minute mark — and like their other CDs, the booklet art folds out into a really cool cartoon poster. It deserves an audience beyond hardcore kids, though.

Biography

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

The state of Florida rarely offers anything of great worth to the cause of rock & roll — unless it be in its most extreme arenas, such as death metal, sludge, or hardcore. The last surely applies to Tallahassee's Kids Like Us, who got their start in 2003, but found their inspiration in hardcore and crossover's golden age, nearly 20 years prior. Also keen to have a little fun while they were at it, vocalist Lars Lundquist, guitarists Clint and Stephen, bassist Brandon, and drummer Jordan...
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