Black Kids, consisting of Reggie Youngblood (vocals and guitar), Owen Holmes (bass guitar), Kevin Snow (drums), Dawn Watley (keyboards and vocals), and Reggie's sister Ali Youngblood (keyboards and vocals), formed in early 2006. Previously, members were in the Christian soft-tempo ska band Honeylocust. Although they initially performed only in Jacksonville, they received national attention after a breakout performance at the Athens Popfest in Athens, Georgia on August 11, 2007, which led to a sudden flurry of coverage in the music press, including NME, Vice, The Guardian, and The Village Voice. The same month, Black Kids' demo EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, was released via free download on their MySpace page. Soon after, Black Kids began working with Quest Management, the company that manages Björk and Arcade Fire. In October, the EP received a favorable review of 8.4 out of 10 from Pitchfork Media, including a "Best New Music" commendation.
Black Kids participated in the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in October, earning the band exposure in The New York Times and USA Today. In December the band travelled to London for a brief tour. Rolling Stone called them one of ten "Artists to Watch" for 2008 and the band was also included in the BBC Sound of 2008 poll.
Black Kids toured the United Kingdom in early 2008, including the Vice Live Tour with Friendly Fires and Ipso Facto, a Sons and Daughters tour, and a Kate Nash tour. In April and May, Black Kids toured the United States as an opening act for Cut Copy. The band played the summer festival circuit in the U.S. and the UK, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, Radio 1's Big Weekend in May, Glastonbury Festival in June, and T in the Park and Camp Bestival in July. Black Kids then headlined an international tour in the U.S. and Europe from June to November.
While in the UK in early 2008 the band recorded their debut album, Partie Traumatic, with producer Bernard Butler, former guitarist of Suede. Their first single, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You", was released in the UK on April 7 and debuted at #11 on the UK Singles Chart. "Hurricane Jane", the followup single, was released in the UK on June 23, where it charted at #36. The album Partie Traumatic was released on July 7 in the UK on Almost Gold Recordings, debuting at #5, and was released two weeks later in the US on Columbia Records, debuting at #127.
In 2009 Black Kids performed at the Big Day Out festivals in New Zealand and Australia. They have also toured with Kaiser Chiefs in the U.K. and Mates of State in the U.S. Their song "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You," was used in a trailer for the movie "Fame", and is featured on the soundtrack of the 2009 film Jennifer's Body.
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- Spanking New Sessions, MTV UK (February 2008) – "Hit the Heartbrakes", "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You", "Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo)"
- Later... with Jools Holland, BBC (April 1 2008) – "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
- Later... with Jools Holland, BBC (April 4, 2008) – "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You", "Hurricane Jane"
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC (May 30, 2008) – "Hurricane Jane"
- The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS (July 24, 2008) – "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC (September 5, 2008) – "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You", "Hurricane Jane"
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC (October 17, 2008) – "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
- Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC (May 8, 2009) – "Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)", "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
- Artist to Watch – Rolling Stone, November 2007
- Sound of 2008: Top 10 (#8) – BBC News, January 2008
Wizard of Ahhhs
- Best New Music – Pitchfork Media, October 2007
- Best of 2008 (#4) – New York Post, December 2008
- 50 Best Albums of the Year (#39) – The Observer, December 2008
- The 40 Best Albums of 2008 (#22) – Spin, December 2008
- The Top 50 Albums of 2008 (#43) – NME, December 2008
"I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
- Top 100 Tracks of 2007 (#68) – Pitchfork Media, December 2007
- iTunes Single of the Week – iTunes, August 26, 2008
- Top 10 Singles of 2008 (#2) – New York Post, December 17, 2008
- Best Songs of 2008 (#22) – Spinner, December 2008
- Best Single of 2008 – The Sunday Mail, December 21, 2008
- Top Singles of 2008 (#36) - Village Voice, January 21, 2009
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