You may remember that the first ever Local Artist Of The Whenever was a York-based band called Missing Kids. Equally, you may not remember that, and you may not even remember that said feature of my blog actually existed, but that’s beside the point. The point being that Missing Kids are back, and they’re now a three-piece, with original guitarist, vocalist and all-round lynchpin Dave Mudie being joined by Sam Coates on bass, with Danny Barton (moonlighting from his role as frontman of White Furs) rounding out the lineup on drums. They are a different band, and yet they are also very much the same band. If that sentence confuses you somewhat, here’s a new/old track called ‘Milk Teeth’ from their forthcoming EP Girls In Their Twenties that might help you make sense of things.
You see, ‘Milk Teeth’ is a long-time favourite of Missing Kids’ live sets, but it’s never been committed to record until now. By giving the track a lick of paint (or in this case, an additional helping of guitar fuzz) and enlisting local artist Jade Blood to provide some lovely backing vocals, they’ve given the song a fresh feeling while still maintaining its original poignancy.
Of course, there will also be brand new songs on the EP as well, and here’s one called ‘Felt’.
It’s clear from one listen that ‘Felt’ will slot seamlessly into the Missing Kids canon – it’s a sunny indie-pop anthem, buoyed by a relentless drumbeat and buzzing guitars yet lent a tinge of melancholy thanks to its bittersweet vocals. Expect to hear the above two tunes and two more besides when the EP comes out some time in August. The release comes via veteran York-based label Sea Records, who hope to have physical copies available for Missing Kids’ next live appearance on Saturday 10th August, when they play at The Woolpack in York alongside Scott & Charlene’s Wedding,Fawn Spots and H. Grimace.
As one of York’s most understatedly brilliant bands, it should go without saying that it’s a pleasure to see Missing Kids back in full force – their new EP sounds like one to keep an ear out for, if these two tracks are anything to go by.
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