‘Family Portrait’ is the new EP by Kool Aid (featuring members of BnP, Wurld Series, The Dance Asthmatics, Dogfish, etc). Heavy doses of potent zone-out-pop collide with acid washed psychedelia in this freshly cooked batch of songs from Christchurch’s premiere cult pub-rock supergroup.
This EP had a long gestation period and is a truly collaborative effort between some primo members of MIC’s roster. ‘Family Portrait’ veers wildly between mutant post-punk (Snooker with Svetlana), lopsided swamp rock (Family Portrait Revisited) and darkly humorous psych (Dead Me and Tunnel Vision).
RIYL: Black Angels, Snapper, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Th’Dudes, Thee Oh Sees
'Is the Christchurch music scene only about a dozen musicians who are all interchangeably members of a vast multitude of fine fuzz & jangle guitar bands sprouting regularly from the South Island’s largest city? ... On the strength of “Family Portrait Revisited” Kool Aid may well be the best of the bunch.' - Pop Lib NZ
'“Family Portrait Revisited” sways in the breeze, lays in the cool parched meadow and squints at the sun for a spell. The songs got a built in breeziness and a touch of summer sweat on the surface. Hoping this is a lead up to a full album because this one is too good to just leave us all hanging.' - Raven Sings The Blues
released July 11, 2019
Kool Aid are:
Jamie Stratton - Guitar, Mellotron
Violet French - Vocals, Guitar
Luke Towart - Vocals, Guitar
Ben Dodd - Bass
Brian Feary - Drums
Spencer Hall - Organ and Synth
Recorded by Brian Feary and Jamie Stratton at 51 London Street, Richmond and The Dogshit Factory, Woolston 2017-2018. Mixed and mastered by Jamie Stratton. Album art by Violet French, design by Brian Feary.