Blitz Kids

Blitz Kids



The tale’s one told a hundred times before: school friends, a desire to turn passion for music into sounds of their own, and a gradual rise to prominence. But where Blitz Kids differ from the pack is in their focus, their drive, their ambition – this is a British rock band purposefully navigating its way up the ranks, now in possession of an album that few wouldn’t immediately brand a bona-fide breakthrough-in-waiting.

The new album sees the Crewe-founded four-piece wholly capitalise on the potential they’ve shown since emerging into the public eye(s and ears). Recorded stateside with John Feldmann – he of Goldfinger frontman fame and producer for the likes of Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low and Kelis – it retains a quintessential Britishness while benefiting from the collaboration. It’s gritty of lyric and honest of sincerity, yet melodically bursts with Californian rays. This is an immediate yet lasting, album.

And it’s not come together overnight – the roots of this band go way back, to when Joe James would walk to school, as an 11-year-old, beside the year-above Jono Yates. Known to the pair since they spent afternoons playing in sandpits was Nick Montgomery; and when teenage years descended and the itch to create music was finally scratched, the three came together to contest battle-of-the-bands events: Joe on drums at the time, Nick bass and Jono guitar. Influences – from emo to punk, post-hardcore to nu-metal – were assimilated, smelted, processed into firm future foundations.

Blitz Kids’ phenomenal live reputation, developed through tours with the likes of Kids in Glass Houses and Lower Than Atlantis, hasn’t been forgotten under the Los Angeles sun – the new songs were written with this side of the band’s appeal firmly in mind.

This band’s ambition is massive: their sights are set on headlining Reading and Leeds one day (when kids, Joe and Jono would camp at Leeds for their summer-break rock fix). “That’s our goal!” says Joe – and it’s not an entirely fantastical dream, either. With songs this radio- friendly but blessed with uncommon depth, Blitz Kids could see the new album propel them towards the vanguard of contemporary rock crews. “Pop” to this band is not a dirty word; to be popular would mean zeroing in on their long-held hopes, the zenith moment that they’ve been building towards since those grass-roots days. 


Never Die (Mini Album, 2012)
Vagrant & Vagabonds (Album, 2011)