The Perfect Children are the romp and stomp;the fresh wound of broken love;laughing in spite of pain.They are a girl with something to say and a boy to help deliver the message,cathartic but engaging.Their energy is infectious,the notes ring out and the space between is an emotional exhalation-personal but vague.They live at the intersection of Holly Golightly,Dex Romweber,Nina Simone,Al Green and Otis Redding.They are a duo out of necessity for the simplicity of the sound,not bandwagon hoppers.They play from the gut,heart,and soul and are rough,raw,and real.They will guilt trip you into getting outta your seats with their dirty showcase, further punctuated by 2-3 backing vocalists who aid in lifting the stage off the floor and blowing the doors off the joint.To quote Little Richard,they will curl up under your big toe.
Kristen Kreft (guitar/electric piano/organ/vocals/songwriter) has an eclectic background in musical theater (Cincinnati Cabaret Toulouse Fleausaise among regional/off Broadway,and touring theater credits), backing soul vocalist (Pearlene, Cincinnati legend Kenny Smith), dirty blues band member (J.Dorsey Blues Revival),multi-genre vocal collaborator (floetry artist Abiyah, Cincinnati's darlin' Kelly Thomas and more), that gave her the chops to be a powerhouse front woman. Inspired by true greats such as Nina Simone, Etta James, Memphis Minnie, Little Ester, Odetta, as well as male greats Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, young Michael Jackson, and the list continues, she honed her vocal skills by tapping into pure soul, energy and emotion.
Drummer Adam Shelton has added his slant to an array of local music projects,including dissonant post-punk duo Barbary Coast, the backwoods hellbilly chaos of Luther The Geek, an extended tenure with instant-composers and Cincy mainstay Gordy Horn (also featuring James Brown trumpet legend Clayton Gunnels), and also currently with instrumental exploratory trio RX-2. The Perfect Children reignites a long-defunct musical relationship with Kristen in support of her majestic voice and commanding presence.
"I love your new band so much...You look so comfortable in your own skin, and your beauty along with the music and your stage presence...well, I just wanna put a picture frame around it."--Abiyah (nationally reknowned floetry artist)
"I'm thinking if I search "incredible" on dictionary.com, there will be a picture of YOU!!!"--a fan of The Perfect Children
Kristen Kreft-Songwriter/Vocals/Guitar/Electric Piano/Organ
Adam Shelton-Drums/general tomfoolery/smiles/occasional corduroy
Kristen Kreft - Vocals, Guitar, organ, Songwriter, Big Muff, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Kay Guitar, Framus Guitar, Silvertone Amp, 1966 Fender Pro Reverb
Adam Shelton - Drums
Beth Harris - Backing Vocals, Percussion, Melodica, tamborine
Nicole Potter-Borngrebe - Backing Vocals
Started recording our first EP in April 2013. We can't wait to share it!
"New Band Alert: Perfect Children and Buenos Crotches"
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Do you like to be able to say "Oh, I saw one of that band's first shows!" to impress friends with yo...Do you like to be able to say "Oh, I saw one of that band's first shows!" to impress friends with your insider knowledge of the local music scene once that band builds up a nice draw? Then head to Northside Tavern tonight for a free concert headlined by slinky, sludgy local Rock & Roll machine Two Headed Dog and two brand new outfits with some familiar names and faces and a lot of potential.
First up is The Perfect Children, featuring phenomenal singer Kirsten Kreft (who said she formed the band after being inspired to write "a ton of music" after she left the J.Dorsey Blues Revival band), Mike Reeder from Blues/Rock powerhouse The Mudpies and drummer Adam Shelton, who bangs the skins for Progressive Jazz unit RX-2. (Kreft also handles guitar and keyboard duties and the band announced actress and singer Beth Harris will be sitting in with them tonight). The Children's sound is temptingly described as "Garage Soul" and "dirty AltCountry Blues Cabaret Rock." Friend 'em and check their Facebook page here.
Two Headed Dog with Buenos Crotches and The Perfect Children
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The Perfect Children, a bluesy, dirty country trio featuring Mike Reeder of the Mudpies on bass and ...The Perfect Children, a bluesy, dirty country trio featuring Mike Reeder of the Mudpies on bass and RX-2's Adam Shelton on drums, is led by natural-born soul singer, Kristen “KK” Kreft (formerly of the J. Dorsey Blues Revival), whose sweet and sassy voice channels both Nina Simone and Etta James.