The Idiot Kids – ‘Chapels’


Detroit-based rockers The Idiot Kids present a thrilling punk-friendly sound throughout their new album Chapels, oozing with impassioned vocal sequences, heavy guitar-led charisma, and satiating hooks. Their reputation for phenomenal live performances is transferred into album format seamlessly; the record was recorded primarily in a Hamtramck, MI basement, with some of the tracks tracked at a cabin in Northern Michigan. The result compels with a balance of punk-forward energy and hooky anthemic accessibility alike.

“Your Machine” kicks off the album with an onslaught of heavy guitars, with vocals spanning from debonair to delectably raucous in conveying how sexual desires can become all-consuming. “I wanna be a machine, can you fill me up?” the vocals repeat with infectious allure during the memorable chorus. Exuding frustrations about insomnia, “White Flags” is another highlight — reminding fondly of The Replacements in the power-pop guitar chiming and confident vocal stride. “Obsession” is a satisfying closer, which makes sense; it was the band’s frequent finale at live shows. Powerful guitar-laden dexterity and commanding vocal passion close out the fantastic Chapels with an aptly invigorating persistence.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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