Dismissing IE indie rockers Kid Vegas as your typical prefab punky melodic power-pop band would be a big mistake. Sure, all of the characteristics are there: catchy hooks and choruses, vocal harmonies, and extensive use of the almighty power chord. But their songs refuse to follow the standard verse/verse/chorus/verse pop formula, instead offering a constant evolution into whatever the band decides is next. It’s enough to keep even the most ADHD-addled brain from getting bored.
Traversing a vast expanse of musical soundscapes, their songs are at times syrupy-sweet, with a sticky synthesizer tinge that would make Nintendo composer Koji Kondo (of Super Mario Bros. fame) blush with sonic covetousness.
Don’t let the sappy moments lull you into thinking that Kid Vegas is all taste and no substance, though. After the sugar rush ends—and the subsequent good mood inspired by said rush—the band displays its true angsty soul and gets down with a unique, moody brand of finger-blistering, frantic, all-out rock & roll that straddles the line between hard rock and screamo.
The band describes its sound as similar to AFI, Thursday and Cursive. But describing Kid Vegas in terms of other bands seems wholly inadequate: Kid Vegas stands alone.
KID VEGAS AT THE VAULT, 301 W. 2ND ST., POMONA, (909) 524-2067; WWW.2NDSTREETLIVE.COM/VAULT. HTM. SAT., 7 P.M. $10. ALL AGES.