Lucky Seattle kids. They can pick their favorite local band, just like their favorite cupcake shop and farmers market. The city’s kindie rock scene has exploded over the past few years, thanks in part to the whopping success of former Presidents of the United States of America frontman Chris Ballew’s beloved band Caspar Babypants. Now, several Seattle-based musicians are garnering pint-sized fans across the country and beyond. Give the following groups a listen, and your kids will be rocking out on your next road trip. We bet you will be, too.
File under: Rock/Pop
For fans of: Elvis Costello, The Beach Boys, The Beatles
Recess Monkey is made up of three Seattle teachers that write and perform music with a level of energy and enthusiasm that rivals a kiddo hyped-up on cake and frosting. The trio’s eighth release “In Tents” is a melted mix of witty songsmithing and infectious circus-tinged anthems.
Throughout the summer, Recess Monkey has performed tracks from “In Tents” alongside members of Teatro ZinZanni, and the collaboration has been a smashing success. Catch the band perform two additional shows alongside playful, high-flying acrobatic performers on September 16 and 23.
File under: Indie Pop
For fans of: Juliana Hatfield, The Thermals, The Cardigans
A five-piece fronted by former Velocity Girl vocalist Sarah Shannon, members of The Not-Its! happen to be parents who write about subjects like going to school that just about anyone with kids can relate to. Their 2011 release Tag, You’re It! is as addictive for grown-ups as it is for little ones, with driving beats that make for an instant dance party. Highlights include the extra-catchy “Freeze Tag” and brainy “Mathematics.”
File under: 80s Pop/Garage Rock
For fans of: The Kinks, They Might Be Giants
Before they started tuning their guitars for younger ears, members of The Board of Education were known around town as the local alt band Central Services. The group is fronted by former science teacher and children’s author Kevin Emerson. Their latest single, Why Is Dad So Mad? is a favorite of kids everywhere, earning the number one ranking on the Sirius/XM “Kids Place Live” program for a number of weeks. The Board of Education’s upcoming CD Binary is slated to be released this October. Until then, get your fill with the new single First Day, written in honor of this year’s back to school season. Even better, make plans to watch them live on September 8 at the Olympic Sculpture Park on Seattle’s waterfront.
Tell us about your favorite local kindie bands in the comments section! We’d love to hear what your kids groove to.
all photos courtesy of each band.