Profiles

How the teens of Residual Kid earned famous fans and national tours

The members of Residual Kid (due Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at the Hi-Dive) from Austin, Texas are all fifteen-years-old or younger. Despite their youth, it is impossible to ignore their sheer power of the songs -- they're something more than you'd expect out of three guys who have yet to get out of high school. Often compared to grunge bands of the early '90s, Sonic Youth or whatever shoegaze band a particular music journalist favors at the time of writing, the best way to say it might be that Residual Kid would sound at home on SST -- vaguely unclassifiable but with a footing in punk. The group made a big splash in 2012, and 2013 including a tour opening for Peter Murphy. Later this month the group is set to record at the Beastie Boys' Oscilloscope Studios with Andre Kelman, who is known for his work with Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, Phoenix and, of course, The Beasties themselves. We spoke with the band's winningly confident thirteen-year-old bassist Max Redman about how they came to work with people like J. Mascis and Steve McDonald.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.