Fort Lauderdale’s eclectic folk-influenced indie-rock band KIDS (for fans of Mumford and Sons, Copeland) made huge strides earlier this year with the release of their debut album Rich Coast. After the band’s music video for the single “Second Star on the Right” received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, KIDS partnered with The Huffington Post for the premiere of Rich Coast, paving the way for multiple successes to follow. This included “Sunshine” being licensed for the national Woman In Gold movie trailer (ft. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds), and sharing the stage with the likes of Copeland, Dashboard Confessional, and more.
Rich Coast started as an experience and turned into a story as the band released a series of short-film style trailers to tease their fans with the new music before its release. Since then, KIDS and C&I Studios produced an extended version with additional footage and dialogue, creating a short film telling a story through their songs. Today, the band is proud to unveil their Rich Coast-inspired short-film which can be viewed here. In the film, a traveler, portrayed by vocalist Joshua Diaz, goes on a journey to return to the one he loves, overcoming all obstacles on his adventure – an overall theme of the album. Rich Coast is an album about adventures, exploration, discovery and the emotions that come with it all. The film features four songs off the album: “Broken Homes,” “Lone,” “Vistas,” and their popular single “Second Star on the Right,” Here’s what the band had to say about the video:
“Rich Coast tells a story, a story of hope, adolescence, and reckless abandonment. When we closed our eyes and listened to the record, these are the things that we saw. We felt that a visual interpretation of select songs was imperative to execute the feeling we wanted the viewer to experience leading up to the release. And our friends at C&I Studios helped us achieve that goal seamlessly.” – Josiah Sampson, KIDS
KIDS mixes an eclectic variety of instruments and talent to create an other-worldly sound that aims to remind the listener of youthful adventures. The band was founded on the Picasso quote, “All children are artists, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up,” and incorporates this quote into their music, aiming to preserve adolescent wonder. With their artfully-created debut album Rich Coast, these gifted musicians are reinventing the feeling of freedom that reminds us of wanderlust, adventure and youthful ambition. Rich Coast unites vintage folk sounds with symphonic melodies and an array of unique instrumentals creating an original indie-rock album.
Rich Coast was written while the band turned off technology and retreated to the Appalachian Trail. KIDS leaped from cliffs, slid down waterfalls, and thrived in nature to translate their emotions and create a raw, original indie/folk sound. The records’ melodies were written while watching muted Spaghetti Western and Kung-Fu classics, giving the album its ethereal picturesque feel. Rich Coast was produced by Jeremiah Dunlap at Emissary Studios, mixed by James Joseph Audio, and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters.