K.i.D. or alternatively, Kids in Despair, is a garage-pop band from Mississauga who is making waves with their detail-oriented production design and relatable lyrics. The band is a two person ensemble made up of Bobby Lo and Kara Lane.
They recently opened for Prozzäk at the Danforth Music Hall with a powerful live sound and nostalgic visuals. I was lucky enough to catch them in action and was enthralled by how they made some of my favourite records come to life and how they paired it with a simple, yet effective stage production. Kara Lane’s melancholy vocals flowed smoothly over pink and blue backdrops, along with pictures of inhalers, fried eggs, and Judge Judy.
Anyone who has grown up in a suburban setting can relate to the rather repetitive and mundane day-to-day activities associated with this environment. K.i.D. directly captures this feeling through their music and creates a lyrical storyboard for anyone tired of living in their parent’s basement.
We had the chance to chat with Bobby and Kara about their roots, their music videos, and where they’re most likely to be on a Saturday night.
Kimberley Drapack: How did you meet?
Bobby & Kara: We don’t remember, some medications we’re on cause memory loss.
K: What was it like growing up in the Toronto music scene?
B&K: It was a good place to figure our shit out. Toronto is an eclectic city artistically so we never felt afraid to try anything there.
K: You describe your sound as “garage pop.” What does this reference mean to you and how does it describe the content of your music?
B&K: Our songs are very pop structurally but our subject matter is kind of sorrowful and we have bad personal hygiene, so we think our “garage” band roots always shine through.
K: Your single, Errors, has an amazing music video. What was it like working with Nadia Lee Cohen? How did this collaboration begin?
B&K: She’s a genius. We were huge fans of her films so we decided to reach out on Instagram. Still can’t believe we worked with her to be honest. She’s a goddess.
K: Along with Errors, your latest single, Taker has a really unique design. What was it like shooting the video? Where did you draw your inspiration from for the storyline?
B&K: It was fun shooting the video. It’s just inspired by our lives, we’re big into video games and not getting off the couch.
K: What is your experience signing a record contract? Would you recommend it to those currently entering the industry?
B&K: We’re lucky we found a label that gets us and embraces our vision. Labels are right for some artists and less right for others, we always aimed to sign with a major label.
K: Your music directly relates to many anxieties young people relate to everywhere. Rather than producing unrealistic narratives about luxury items or an opulent lifestyle, you share a very honest story of your life and your direct experiences. What does this mean to you?
B&K: We would just rather write about our actual lives, so we form genuine connections with people. Maybe one day our lives will be fancy and the lyrics will change but for now we just need to be honest about the fact that our days are comprised mostly of chronic self-doubt and excess porn consumption.
K: What was it like working with Mike Crossey? Will you collaborate again in the future?
B&K: He’s the best. We hope to work with him again. We already have our second album written.
K: Can you tell us the story of your first live performance?
B&K: We opened for a drag queen and we sucked ass.
K: Where would we find you on an average Saturday night?
B&K: In bed with someone’s father.