who am i kidding? myself.
I'd like to express the opposite of gratitude to The Rich Girls Are Weeping for introducing me to Winterkids, the latest in the seemingly endless line of bands anointed "the next big thing" by the notorious UK hype-machine. You know, the one that makes the blogosphere seem reasonable and restrained by comparison (NME, MOJO, et al.) Winterkids are the kind of band I'd like to hate based on sheer principle: they've already drawn comparisons to Pulp, the Wedding Present, and more, and it may or may not be a stretch to call them completely derivative of those bands. The problem is, they're actually pretty good. Try to avoid humming this, the not-so-representative "Who Am I Kidding," the rest of the day. It's one of the few songs that features Hannah on lead vocals, so enjoy it now before liking them subjects you to the ridicule of hipsters everywhere:
Winterkids Who Am I Kidding mp3
These kids are playing SXSW, and I'd imagine the furor surrounding them will be the kind we haven't seen since, oh, the Arctic Monkeys. Also, check out the video for the band's ridiculously catchy single, "Tape It."