Better on the Coast – Kid Chocolate

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The RISD campus has been producing interesting music for decades, and the likes of The Talking Heads, Les Savy Fav and Lightning Bolt were all formed by individuals attending the school. While stylistically these groups could not be more different, they all share an unorthodox approach to their genre of choice, which distinguished and aggrandized the music they all respectively created. Another group that may deserve to be on this list is the quartet, Kid Chocolate. Presumably named after the revered cuban featherweight, the name is almost unfitting because while sprightly, the group is at no point on their album Gold Star Winner aggressive. Their sound is almost like Abe Vigoda (circa Skeleton) on ritalin; still animated, but slightly sedated. Interestingly, the album’s highlight is the more mellow, “Better on the Coast.” The clav and bass led intro is immediately reminiscent of The Cure’s “Close To Me,” but that comparison doesn’t go beyond instrumentation. The song is a charming summer jam that is clearly influenced by everything 60’s girl groups to Modest Mouse. This cluster of inspirations is processed and delivered in a collected and tactful manner that is very fitting with the group’s design school roots.

Better on the Coast – Kid Chocolate