Song of the Day: FIT — “Cool Kids”

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Dreamlike and filled with peaks and valleys, FIT’s second single takes an exciting left turn, hinting at a promising journey for the Dallas band.

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FIT – “Cool Kids”
RIYL: to be wrong on first impressions
What else do you need to know:FIT released a brand new single on Valentine’s Day. Unless you’ve seen this young band live, you might think it’s not the same band that released “Modern Lovers” last year.

Almost eight minutes long, “Cool Kids” – which was originally recorded as the B-side of “Modern Lovers”. – don’t shout “SINGLE!” but it shows a whole other dimension to this group. If you were a naysayer of “Modern Lovers” and dismissed the two members of Sealion as modern post-punk, try explaining this song – chances are you weren’t using White Lies, Interpol, or She Wants Revenge as comparisons.

With an eerie guitar riff running down the middle, Hunter Moehring, Hunter Cannon, Joel Miller and Alex Poulos created a very simple spacey, dreamy feel. Moehring’s voice is soft and mixed, giving the impression that he is just down the hall.

About three minutes later, the volume kicks in. Harder hits on the drums and distortion on the guitars and you have a powerful left hook to the temple. Designed to be like three moves in a play, there’s a lot going on here, but the parts all fit together nicely.

For decades, a “single” meant something to grab your attention right away, and preferably be short with brief instrumental passages. Billy Joel once cynically said “If you wanna get a hit you gotta match it / So they cut it down to 3:05.”

Luckily, with so much music on the internet, singles are a way to invite the listener in with a small treat instead of a full meal. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the radio, people can hear without the kind of gatekeepers we’ve had for decades.

So enjoy the sound adventure of “Cool Kids”.

Cover photo by @saramosa



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