Singled Out: Kids Without Instruments

02/28/2013
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Today Long Beach duo Kids Without Instruments tell us about their brand new single and video for the song "Nausea Nostalgia," from their new EP. Here is the story:

Hello antiMusic.com we are Kids Without Instruments an electro-clash pop duo from Long Beach, CA. Our song Nausea Nostalgia was the first song we had ever written as a band composed through Facebook messages we'd send to one another.

Marion: I got my inspiration for my lyrics specifically, "I don't care where you've been and what you've done, you still don't see the repercussions in the long run" thinking about this one time my ex-boyfriend came to visit me, two months before I wrote the song. He was already out for the summer from college, in Berkeley. He wasn't very nice when he came back--he was condescending in the way he spoke to me and he detuned my guitar! He went on and on talking about his new life in Berkeley and I honestly couldn't care less. I always acted like things were okay between us after we broke up, so he thought we were okay. However, when Frankie and I released this song my ex-boyfriend wasn't very pleased, which made me extremely satisfied.

For the video, we worked with Nina McNeely of WIFE, so we were working with visual projections. She told us to give her things that we were visually inspired by to work with. The costumes were inspired by Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, which is my inspiration, and the video game iconography is inspired by Chrono Trigger, Frankie's inspiration.

Filming was exciting, but it was physically tiring since we had to get up very early in the morning to beat traffic going to LA from Long Beach. Also, neither of us got any sleep the night before. We were lucky we had to move very little and the choreography was incredibly easy. The only thing that was extremely difficult was getting ourselves aligned with the projections, especially the ones that were really specific, like the crying heart eyes. We were told to scoot ourselves in different directions, and when we finally got ourselves aligned, we had to stay completely still for the entire take. It made me realize how much our bodies actually move when we think we're staying completely still.

Frankie: Originally Marion had created the chord progression and the marimba synths. I mostly filled in the rest; by adding the delayed drum beats, and created the bridge by chopping up an organ sample Marion had sent me with some 8-Bit square waves. My verse "If we could bury the past instead of letting it thrive, then we could both move on this love has long since died." Was written with the help of my friends Jay and Victoria, written on a pizza box, which I still have today.

During the music video shoot, I hadn't got any sleep the night before cause I was up all night watching YouTube videos. So basically I was really sleep deprived from the video and I don't remember much except for falling asleep on the floor, and standing really still and singing my lines. I look angry in the video, I cause all I really wanted to do was sleep.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song and video listen and see for yourself here and grab a free download of the EP right here!

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