Few acts during our time in Austin were as endearing as Chicago's Kids These Days. Sprinting onto the stage, the band dug into some "(Intro)mental" music before circumnavigating an insane amount of genres from their Jeff Tweedy produced album, Traphouse Rock. Punk, ska, the Blues, rock, reggae, hip hop, even bits of Broadway theatrics; Kids These Days sound like the perfect sum of a diverse group of young musicians, all channeling what they love into one exciting, relentlessly positive brew of music. Crowd interaction was an immediate requirement, so don't be surprised if our video has you answering the call and response, moving in your seat to the band's choreographed dance moves, or bracing for the safety of young Vic Mensa has he climbs the light towers towards the end of the set. Sadly, the band broke up shortly after this video was captured, citing the always ambiguous reasoning of "creative differences". Guess that makes Baeble one of the last places you'll see this impressive, young band in their prime. Enjoy and keep an eye on the members in the coming months. These guys are far too talented to simply disappear.
I'm larger than life, hard with a mic Wanna talk to me Gotta send a card with a kite hands in the air. Get up now. Get up. Get up now. Get up. Get up now. I want you to be with me when I die I want you to be with me when I cry I want you to be with me when I fly away I want you to be with me when I die I want you to be with me when I cry I want you to be with me when I fly away I want you to be with me when I die I want you to be with me when I cry I want you to be with me when I fly away from here Fly, fly I want you to be with me when I die I want you to be with me when I cry I want you to be with me when I fly away Fly, fly - What's up? How you guys doing tonight? Everybody all right? We're Kids These Days from Chicago. It's amazing to be here. All we're asking for you all is that you have good time, man. Dance to the music, you know what I'm saying? Groove out for yourself. Yeah. You fixed the present to the past 'Cause you wanted it to last You overdose some memories Makes your mind so empty So give up the act You know we're through And there is nothing left to do You found that I'm tracking nothing new And that's why I am telling you No, no, no, no, no, no No, I never will go And I know, I know, I know I know, I know, I know That I never will know Jimmy wishes he could have her back But Jenny says she's had enough He must have tried a hundred times But something just ain't addin' up She says all the times he lied Would be hundreds if they'd add them up He says she's a bitch and laughs While his homies dap him up Now she goes back to school again He goes back to rappin' now Heard she got a dude again But you can't hear him laughin' now See he's got women everywhere He just isn't happy now She just can't imagine After everything that happened now Back by himself now Don't need nobody help now Moment off a meltdown But can't nobody tell now See he just holds himself down The drugs don't seem to help now Used to hate the feeling Really he just hates himself now Don't feel the way he felt now Sometimes he can't feel nothing at all He stands tall Just to hope he doesn't stumble and fall Suspended in time Like a clock stuck in the wall Alone wishing he had someone to call I'll stay with you he said to himself No, no, no, no, no, no No, I never will go And I know, I know, I know, I know I know, I know that I never will know No, no, no, no, no, no No, I never will go And I know, I know, I know, I know I know, I know that I never will know When I was young I looked at my father He told me truth will take you farther And as you grow, it will get much harder So hold on and tread the water He said remember your dreams Remember your dreams Remember your dreams Remember your dreams Remember your... - Throw your hands up. No, no, no, no, no, no No, I never will go And I know, I know, I know, I know I know, I know that I never will know And no, no, no, no, no, no No, I never will go And I know, I know, I know, I know I know, I know that I never will know - Hands up. - Hey, we're going to do a little something new for you guys. It's a groovy track so I need y'all to dance with us. Doesn't matter if you can't dance. Don't trip. Not all of us could dance but I'mma show you a couple little things. Me and my brothers here... Brothers? - All right. So we're gonna do two things. The first thing we're gonna do is called the baba flex. So I need to see everybody in here baba flexin'. It goes like this. Everybody baba flex. All right, now Imma show you one more dance. It goes like this. Everybody put your left arm in the air. Left arm up like this and put your right arm on your hip. Now shake that shit like this. Zan. Hit yo' zan. Now baba flex. Now hit yo' zan. All right, I think they got it. Let's give it to 'em. Get outta the way I'm trying to escape - Groovy, baby. You're feeling the heat Don't ask me to stay - Baba flex. Now hit yo' zan. Now baba flex. Now hit yo' zan. Get outta the way, I'm trying to escape Feeling the heat, don't ask me to stay I have been caught in the red again Maybe a slave over what could have been - Baba flex. Get outta the way - Now hit yo' zan. I'm trying to escape - Say baba flex. You're feeling the heat. - Now hit yo' zan. Don't ask me to stay - Hands up, hands up. Get outta the way, I'm trying to escape Feeling the heat, don't ask me to stay I gave you all my love But you let me out You got me up all night I scream and I shout Tell me why I gave you all my time Oh, well, any day, any day now You'll be walking on down the line Yeah, you'll be walking on down the line And when I let you in you seem all right And you come home, you hold me tight You have secrets that I couldn't find Oh, well, any day, any day now You'll be walking on down the line You'll be walking on down the line I found bad news That you'll move away I brought it up You had nothing to say Just, just, just, just, just, just Just, just, just, just, just find Oh, well, any day, any day now You'll be walking on down the line Yeah, you'll be walking on down the line - We got one more joint for you guys, but before that, make some noise for Macie Stewart one time, y'all. Seeing as this is the last song that we have, we need all the energy that you guys got for this last joint. Can you guys turn it up with us with this last song? That was kind of a weak response. But, hey, I believe Imma put you to the test. So from right here, from these two ladies, I need to see the crowd split. Split. Part like the seas. This is going to be the left side. This is my right side. All right, split. You can't play the middle, baby girl. You know what I'm saying? Hey, hey, hey. Hey, hey, hey. All right. All right all right. All right all right. Hold on. Please don't be too concentrated on one side 'cause y'all gonna blow the other side up. Is my left side in the house? Is my right side in the house? All right, all right. So when I count to three, we're going to play just a little bit of this song and I want to see my left side first. I want to see you guys all wild out. Throw your hands in the air. Toss your body around. I don't know. Push somebody. Have a good time. Don't hurt anybody. One, two. One, two, three, go! All right, left side, you guys were okay. But right side, I think you guys can do way better. What y'all think? Let's see. One, two. One, two, three, go! Right side knows what the fuck is going on. Everybody come in closer together. Come in closer than you were before. Come in close. Come in close. Come on closer to the stage. Back up. Come closer to the stage. - Shut the fuck up. - Hey, everybody put your arm around the person next to you. Everybody, everybody. - Austin, Texas, if y'all up in the house, I need to see everybody jump up your feet. - Shut the fuck up!
Kids These Days was an indie band from Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 2009. The band split in May of 2013.
In November 2009, the band won first place at Congress Theaters Next Big Thing competition. In 2011, the band performed at South by Southwest, at Milwaukee's Summerfest on July 1, at Lollapalooza, and at The Roots Picnic started and hosted by The Roots on June 2. On June 13 in 2012, the band performed on Conan O'Brien's TV show, Conan at The Chicago Theatre.
Kids These Days 2012 debut, "Traphouse Rock," was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and mixed by Mario C.