For Fans Of: Senses Fail / Thursday / From Autumn To Ashes
For some bands, releasing a double album would be enough, but Karma Kids isn’t just some band. After releasing a metalcore debut, Dystopian Dream, back in February, the Indiana five-piece went on to drop their Chemical Drugs EP last month. The latter finds them leaning further into a gentler emo sound very unlike the Devil Wears Prada/Touché Amoré hardcore from their first record. We chat to vocalist Jon Benjamin about their beginnings, recording and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
My name is Jon, I sing in Karma Kids. We’ve been a band for just over a year at this point. Our guitarist, Zaac threw the name out as a possibility for a rebranding of a previous project that never came to be and it just clicked with me to build a new band around that name!
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
I’d put on fake concerts for my family as young as probably four or five, I’ve literally always known music is what I wanted to do.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
I’d love to do a track with Mark Hoppus and Yungblud!
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
While on tour with a previous band, I went to see blink-182 on an off day and ended up playing guitar with them, wild.
You’ve just released your Chemical Drugs EP, what were some of the most fun and most challenging parts of recording it?
These songs came super naturally. Zaac would send me over phone recordings of a chord progression and I’d figure it out by ear and turn it into a fully finished song. There wasn’t any pressure or time crunch because of recording everything myself.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
I work in pizza. Yes, pineapple goes on pizza. If you’re feeling adventurous, pineapple/anchovy/ricotta is an amazing combination!
Rising to the challenge, Karma Kids have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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