MUSIC FEATURE: Behind The Noise – KID DAD
Photo Credit: Max Zdunek
German indie-rock quartet KID DAD have revealed a video for their brand new single Limbo, a taste of their forthcoming debut album In A Box. Written on a trip that vocalist Marius Vieth took to London, the track sees a collaboration with Welsh singer-songwriter Sarah Howells (Bryde) and is about being “caught between uncertainty and fear, searching for something real to hold on to, in search of hope,” in particular highlighting the surge of domestic violence cases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We caught up with vocalist Marius Vieth to find out more, including the writing process, themes and accompanying video.
Can you give us your quick elevator pitch on this track? Why does this one standout for you as a band?
It’s just different. Musically we wanted something different for Limbo. Rhythmical storytelling was really important for us for this song. Additionally, we tackle a topic lyrically and visually that is really important to us and plays a big role throughout our upcoming album.
How did you tackle the writing process for the song? Was there anything unique about this track compared to your usual/previous approach?
We have never released a song like this before! It’s the most minimalistic song we have ever written, and it was co-written with London based musician and songwriter Bryde. She taught us to think out of the box even more. She’s such an inspirational perfectionist. It wasn’t just gathering some ideas and putting them together (that’s how we work sometimes). It was so conceptual and fulfilling. We soaked up this process and want to thank her so much for writing with us. Check her out!
Can you tell us how the song’s theme came about?
Often it’s tough to really KNOW people, even the ones closest to you. They can act and play a role to make you believe they are “this” or “that”. You trust them and they can control you. Limbo is about heaven, hell, and everything in between. It’s about alienated families, shady friends, and finding out who you really are.
Tell us about the video, do the themes of the single transfer to the video?
There’s no story out there that could show every scenario of the song’s topic, but we decided to tell you one story; one scenario that is very important for us to talk about. As the world seems to burn socially and ecologically right now, we decided to talk about a very serious rising problem: domestic violence. The COVID-19 pandemic locked in many families 24/7 and this unfortunately fuelled domestic violence against children. People need to know about this. We want to stand with and protect these children, and encourage them to seek help. The best way to do this (in our situation) is to donate to organisations that know best how to fight this crisis. We have chosen to support SOS-Kinderdorf for Germany and the NSPCC for the UK. If you want to support these organisations, please visit our website or watch the Limbo video to for more information.
Do you have any behind the scenes stories from the video shoot?
Just as the previous video we released a month ago, Limbo was filmed in our home town Paderborn, Germany. It’s quiet and a bit lonesome, and has some really beautiful places! Also we are very lucky to be able to make our own videos because Max (our bassist) is an extremely talented film/video maker, which is extremely cool for us on so many levels!
Anything else you’d like to add for our readers?
Thank you so much for checking out this interview! We’re releasing our debut album In A Box on 21st August 2020 and we would love to bring the noise to the UK in early 2021!! Stay healthy, crazy, and lovely.
KID DAD‘s debut album In A Box is due for release on 21st August 2020 via Long Branch Records, available to pre-order HERE.
The band have set up a website with information on SOS-Kinderdorf and NSPCC, with donation links and merch items. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the chosen charities, check out the website HERE.