There are fewer better sounds than organized chaos. As the various sections of the music collide, it all suddenly begins to make sense, and the veil of obscurity drops, leaving a vivid, sparkling picture. Toronto three piece shy kids thrive upon this, piecing together their tracks in a manner that perhaps shouldn’t work, yet it’s the uncertainty and unpredictable nature of their three demos that make them so enthralling. Opening with the call to arms of Raise ‘em Right, with the premiere line “anyone can have kids, even if you’re stupid.” proving a perfect introduction to a gripping ten minutes of music. If there’s been a more fitting line than “now they’re teens and sayin’: “where’s our kurt cobain?” “who do we pray to?”" penned this year, then I’d love to hear it.
shy kids are wonderfully and unashamedly upbeat in sound, dancing in somewhere between Los Campesinos and Vampire Weekend, however without the chart-success slickness of the former. With a handful of samples thrown in for good measure, In The Puddin’ is shy kids’s attempt at a ballad, laying their hearts out for all to ravage – “fingers trace your nipples and the freckles on my back. a twinkle when you giggle, blinking to take photographs. you humbly embody body that is humbling. i-love-you’s softly said, speak volumes by just whispering. time’s an etch-a-sketch that slowly shakes your memory. the moments it erases, please don’t take this one from me.”.
The three piece, comprised of Warwick Cedarstar, Mattheo Woodbro and Peter Hornerick appear to have been together since 2010, yet this EP titled Field Trips signals their first proper release. At the risk of sounding disastrously cliched, shy kids may well just be my favourite new band of 2012. You simply have to hear this.