There’s something to be said for not giving a damn.
For not succumbing to the pitfalls of the omnipresent “cool.” For wearing what you want and playing what you want. For being a group of earnest, no-bullshit dudes playing earnest, no-bullshit music. Enter Nashville’s That’s My Kid, a trio that, in the words of guitarist and vocalist Forrest Arnold, “aren’t the ‘we-wear-sunglasses-at-night’ guys.” Instead, Arnold, bassist Jashaun Smith, and drummer Abraham Fongnaly are best friends that started a rock band three years ago with one primary objective: making you have a good time.
“I just wanna play, have fun, and make everybody else has fun,” says Smith. “We’re serious about the music, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
That attitude is undeniably present on That’s My Kid’s latest release, Day Dreamer, a record that’s carried by slinky, stoner-y jams and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Langhorne Slim) at The Bomb Shelter Studios, Day Dreamer is a flanged-out take on the rock you grew up on. Tommy James, The Doors, The Beatles—it’s all there, through a punky, Natural Child-esque glass darkly. It might not be the hippest approach to making a record, but then again, That’s My Kid don’t really care about being hip. “We don’t want to be the ‘cool’ band,” Arnold explains. “We just want to be the best band.” If Day Dreamer is any indication, That’s My Kid is well on their way to achieving that goal. Being cool is overrated anyways.