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When you’ve had a little bit to smoke, and your mind is going a mile a minute, and every idea that pops in your head reveals some deep truth about the seemingly unrelated but deeply interconnected world we live in, you’re experiencing something close to the music of Austin band Latchkey Kid.
What’s interesting about their music is the way it brings together genres that on the surface may be at odds with each other. Their self-described sound as “A soulful amalgamation of some sort of jazzy funk-psychedelia,” sells itself short.
On their track Foxtrot, steady funk guitar chords introduce the tune. Then bass and drums suggest a jazzy direction for the song. When the vocals come in, we hear the influence psych projects like Tame Impala have on the group.
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Further along, keys take over the chord progression, allowing guitar and drums to explore a world of harder rock. You look up and realize you’re somewhere new but can’t remember how you got there. It’s as seamless as a dream. Looking back you might realize how bizarre it was, but in the moment it makes sense.
“Typically we say we sound like psych rock with elements of jazz and funk,” singer and guitarist Sam Smith said. “I believe some of the stuff that has not come up shows colors that are a little bit more soulful here and there.”
Most of the music on the band’s Soundcloud was recorded in Sam’s home studio before the band formed. The song “Aquaman Cop Chase,” however, was one of the first songs written as songwriting duo with keyboardist and guitarist Andrew Burt.
“Sam had always been writing,” Andrew said. “And one day I just said, ‘Hey man, you have all this badass material, but you don’t have anybody to play it, so let’s get a band together and start playing some music.’”
Bassist Johnny Young and drummer Brandon Moscheo fill out the rest of the lineup. The four went to Leander High School in Austin and graduated in 2015, except for Brandon who graduated a year earlier.
Lately the band has been playing frequent shows and trying to write more music.
“There’s a lot of recorded shit on the backburner right now,” Sam said. “Really right now a lot of our time when we are together is going into playing shows. They’ve been racking up lately.”
Sam also discussed how the name of the band came to be.
“In Frank Ocean’s song Super Rich Kids, Earl Sweatshirt has a line about being latch keyed, someone that comes home to an empty home for extended hours,” Sam said. “It really resonated with me.”
“Sam and I were both latch key kids,” Andrew said. “Not in a bad way, that’s just what we experienced.”
The band is hoping to play unofficial showcases during South by Southwest, and is playing at Zeta Psi’s Camp West Campus on March 17th.
I'm Will, I drive a van and write about music.