The Indoor Kids is a five-piece psychedelic/indie band from Salem, MA consisting of Adam Cool (bass/vocals), Tyler Zucco-Bernard (lead guitar/vocals), Alex Deroo (drums), Anthony Bonarrigo (rhythm guitar/backing vocals) and Eric Parker (keys/synths). They recently released an EP entitled The Color, which revolves around colorful, upbeat pop songs not unlike that of The Polyphonic Spree or Passion Pit. The music on this EP is best served loud. Whether you play it in the morning to give you an extra dose of energy to get your day going or at a house party to dance the music.
The band bursts out of the gate with the highlight of the album called “Friends.” It starts off with the low hum of an organ and a lead synth that quickly becomes layered with bass, drums and more synths. Before you know it the song disregards what it knew and goes into an energetic guitar-driven verse. I thought the vocal performance was executed with near perfect delivery. The vocalist sounds exuberant as if he can't hide his enthusiasm and is letting it all out.
“Mapping” sounds more akin to a rock song and I'm not sure if it Cool or Zucco singing but it gives the song a very different feel. The vocalist is coated in more melancholy than the singer on the first song. Overall, the song is solid but the knee-slapping getting ever so fast breakdown that they pull out at about two-and-a-half minutes in is the cherry on top.
“I Know You Miss Me (and I Agree)” rides a huge wave of white noise produced with guitar and synths while “FrEaKoUt!” contains a mini drum solo. I haven't heard one of those in awhile. They end with “Prismatic Isolation,” which closes the album with as much energy as it starts with. The same vocalist who started it all on the first track sings on this song and left me with more energy than when I first started listening to it.
Overall, you boil this music down and you are left with well-written songs that are a blast to listen to.
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