London-based indie quartet Kid Wave began in 2013 as the project of Swedish singer/songwriter teen Lea Emmery.
After leaving her hometown of Norrköping, Sweden in 2011, Emmery put up a handful of demos on her Bandcamp page under the Kid Wave banner and immediately gained interest from industry. She began assembling a proper band, first enlisting old friend and fellow Swedish expat Mattias Bhatt on guitar. Australian transplant Serra Petale was teaching drums at the same music school where Emmery studied, and eventually British bassist Harry Deacon joined to round out this globally diverse group. They signed with influential London indie Heavenly Recordings, which released their debut EP, Gloom, in 2014. Elements of harmonic power pop and '90s-inspired indie peppered the four-song EP, which was followed a year later by the band's full-length debut, Wonderlust. In 2016, Emmery spent a majority of the year in the U.S., bringing a new batch of songs to Los Angeles. Debuting a new single, "Everything Changes," in February 2017, Kid Wave spent the spring and summer touring the U.S. and Europe with the Shins. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi