Combining bouncy '60s-style pop, '80s new wave atmospherics, and upbeat dance grooves with a playful, organic spirit, the Black Kids had earned a loyal local following when they posted their four-song EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, on their MySpace page in August 2007. The witty, hook-laden tunes impressed music fans in Florida and Georgia who had seen the Black Kids' live shows (in particular a fabled appearance at the 2007 Popfest in Athens, Georgia), and several bloggers began writing up the band. Word spread like wildfire across the Internet, and "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" and "Hurricane Jane" were being hailed as potential hit singles. After Vice magazine, New Musical Express, and Pitchfork Media
began talking up the band, the Black Kids' appearances at the CMJ Music Marathon in October 2007 found them turning away hundreds of curious music fans and winning rapturous notices in the music press, all without the benefit of a record deal.
Not long after the CMJ appearances, the Black Kids signed a management deal with Quest Management, and were booked to play their first tour of England while weighing offers from several record labels. After signing with Columbia Records
in the United States and Almost Gold Recordings
for distribution in regions outside North America, they recorded their debut, Partie Traumatic, produced by former Suede
guitarist Bernard Butler
. The album was officially released in July of 2008. A confluence of side projects, relocations, and personal strife resulted in nearly a decade of inactivity from the Black Kids, but in 2017 they returned with their sophomore studio long-player, Rookie, which featured the infectious single "Obligatory Drugs." ~ Mark Deming