Influenced by the likes of the Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, and a dash of original glam, Nashville’s Kid Freud refines the sometimes sardonic but always sensitive lyrical vision of Replacements Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson at their bratty best via “Shut Up & Kiss Me”. The track exemplifies an uncanny ability to know the difference between wearing your heart and your snot on your sleeve.
It’s a remarkable balance between full-on expression and restraint that leaves the listener convinced this is music culled from the deeper compartments of their own life.
Throughout guitarist and vocalist Alex Tomkins explores the drama of the heart’s pendulum swing in this trick with equal parts cerebral/cardiac and acerbic humor. Joining Tomkins for the ride are bassist Kurt Krafft and drummer Daniel Closser who have weathered various and sundry storms opening for Broncho, the Weeks and others.
The single may be ordered on the group’s Bandcamp.