When music fans see Residual Kid get on stage for the first time, they usually have a laugh or two because of their age. Devon Ivy (guitar, vocals) is 14, and brothers Max (bass, vocals) and Ben (drums) Redman are 12 and 13, respectively. But the laughter quiets down once the band lurches into full rock mode and wow audiences with songs and stage presence that usually befit much older, seasoned musicians.
The band cites acts like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and My Bloody Valentine as inspiration. The influence is apparent in their raw, unadulterated version of grunge rock. Ivy belts out his vocals with little care for tonal control as he prowls the stage between verses, battering his guitars with reckless abandon. Ben, surely destined to be heir to Dave Grohl’s drumming style, hits his drum heads like he’s trying to kill them and is easily on par with most of Austin’s regularly gigging percussionists. Max is reserved while holding the low end down until he joins Ivy in demolishing the stage. Residual Kid’s sound leans heavily on the 90’s Grunge scene to brilliant effect.
The lyrics are smart and introspective while avoiding the dour clichés of their forebears and their instrumentation calls Mudhoney and Husker Du to mind, with a bit of Fugazi’s noisier aspects sprinkled in. This is a band that isn’t a gimmick. They’re serious and mean to prove it with every show. If you want to have one of those “I remember seeing them when” stories, then jump on the wagon now.
Written and Images by Clayton Hodges (firstname.lastname@example.org)