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Children ‘It’s OK to Die’ – Album Review

‘It’s OK to Die’ Album Cover. Don’t know what this is but it looks cool!

Children ‘It’s OK to Die” – Album Review
Album: It’s OK To Die
Artist: Children
Released: April 13, 2018
Record Co: Self Released 
Country: USA
Genre: Rock, Experimental
Recording Studio: Not Sure
Producer: Children
Personnel:

Gil Thomas -Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Steiskal – Keyboard
Graham Walker – Guitar
Trevor Wallace – Drums
Mark Yates – Bass/Vocals

Engineer: Alan Demoss & Graham Walker
Mixing: Graham Walker
Mastering: Paul Miner
Design and Layout: Kyle Reed & Graham Walker
Straight Up, No Bullshit Rating: 9/10

Where Can I Gets iT: Find this record on Bandcamp ($10 w/ CD!), iTunes, Amazon, Spotify.

Why Should I Listen Now: Because you should expand your borders a bit. Live a little. Have some fun.

Story of How I Found It: Children are probably one of the most exciting bands out in the So Cal Rock scene at the moment. As previous alumni of Kilson Street you might say I’m partial, because who wouldn’t want to tout the talents of those artists that have come through their little garage YouTube show? But I can with good faith tell everyone that Children is a Band that I would watch out for.

Get the CD on their Website for $10

“It’s Ok to Die” already tells you that you’re not in for something that’s going to be played on KROQ endlessly with a catchy Chorus. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the hell out of a catchy line: ‘I Don’t Dance With the Bad Girls’ got my ass humming the tune all day long. Certainly the sophistication of the band comes through on this track as well, as it breaks down into more dreamy landscapes that delve into a song with much more depth than what is presented at first.

‘Heart of the Moon’ is heard here in all its studio glory, and if you were following along with us a few years back you would recognize this song from that Episode. Brian Perske plays a phenomenal Sax solo here and transitions this over to ‘Incarnation’ which is an interlude for Night Light. If I could compare this passage on the album to anything it would be like a mix between Wish You Were Here and Dark Side of the Moon.

On their last full length album Great River, these guys put together an album that plays well on a long drive away from civilization out into the abyss of an endless road. I listened to that album on the way back from a short trip to Arizona in 2017. I remember that long drive between Gila Bend and Yuma. Even though the band has evolved between these two albums, I feel that It’s OK to Die will play well on that same stretch of road, whenever I take that trip again.

File photo of Children the Band

So give this album a shot. I found it because we follow these cats on Instagram and their campaign leading up to the release of the album was fucking cool! Throw this album on in your car, walkman, MP3 Player, at work or whatever…. and keep it together.

-Mo

 

Track Listing:
1. It’s Okay to Die – 02:34
2. True Believer – 04:58
3. You’re Wrong – 04:04
4. Scam of the Century – 04:17
5. Heart of the Moon – 07:08
6. Incarnation – 01:47
7. Night Light – 04:41
8. Afterlives – 03:28
9. King Kong – 05:13
10. No Time – 02:34
11. Shoe Shine Man – 04:49
12. So It Goes – 05:49

Modesto Briseno
Founder and Creator of Kilson Street. Also a full time parent to a Tuxedo Cat.
http://www.kilsonstreet.com

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