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Pool Kids Release 6 Song Split With Their Hardcore Alter Egos, POOL – Out Now

June 30, 2023
photo by Per Schorn / @perschorn

POOL KIDS RELEASE SPLIT WITH THEIR HARDCORE ALTER EGOS, POOL

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INCLUDES A POOL KIDS B-SIDE PLUS TWO ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF ALBUM STANDOUTS + 3 BRAND NEW SONGS FROM POOL

SUPPORTING SOCCER MOMMY IN THE US LATER THIS SUMMER

With less than a week to go until their first-ever U.S. headlining tour, Pool Kids team up with their hardcore alter-egos POOL for a new, 6-song split, out everywhere today.

The release features 3 songs from each project; the first, a b-side and two reimagining’s from Pool Kids critically-acclaimed self-titled 2022 LP, and the latter, three brand new, neck-breaking anthems from POOL.

The idea for a Pool Kids / POOL split has been orbiting the Florida band for years, but as they prepared for their first headline tour, they realized now was the right time to make it happen. Timing put them in a bind––they decided just before leaving for several months of national and international touring alongside bands like PUP, Beach Bunny, La Dispute, Origami Angel, and more––but Pool Kids always accepts a challenge. They returned home from tour and immediately spent 9 straight days in the studio bringing this vision to life.

We are so much happier with the result than we thought we would be. It was incredibly reassuring to see what this band could create under such a time crunch and with far less planning than we are used to. We really ended up with something that we are proud of, back to front.”

The split opens up with a Pool Kids b-side, “No Stranger,” that could easily stand well on its own as one of Pool Kids’ finest works.

It almost made it onto the album but other songs were coming together more naturally and this track just didn’t get fully realized in time. Vocalist Christine Goodwyne (she/her) finally found the lyrics and vocals that the song was missing from the back of the van on their first European tour earlier this spring, and they went straight to the studio upon returning to the states.

It turned out sounding absolutely up to the standards of the rest of our self-titled record,” she says. “We’re so happy this song found a way to live independently and to serve as a bookend for this whole record’s lifecycle.”

Pool Kids // POOL convey such a weight of immersive qualities and emotional currents within this blazing release. Just as you are hooked on the emo-enthralling energy, mid-way the hardcore adjustment kicks in without warning, this EP travels through such mighty peaks and addictive passages. The abrasive attributes are gripping, the raucous rhythms alternating from melodic to harsh, a record that keeps you on your toes.

The lore of POOL begins with an April Fools joke in 2019 that went way too right.

On the same day as receiving a very public shout-out from Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Pool Kids warned fans to prepare themselves for annihilation as they dropped a blistering double single as POOL. The charity release flipped listeners’ expectations of what Pool Kids was capable of, and raised awareness and funds for MOTE, a marine science advocacy group that responds to and researches Florida’s Red Tide.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Pool Kids dropped their stunner self-titled LP. Like a lightning strike of powerhouse pop, expansive emo and irresistible math rock, Pool Kids confidently unpacks the post-adolescent stumble into adulthood and all the universal paint that come with it, and it’s truly taken the music world by storm.

Recorded in Seattle by producer Mike Vernon Davis, Pool Kids gas all the math and art-rock sensibility of their 2018 breakout Music To Practice Safe Sex To, but there’s an unmistakable emotional and technical growth clear to any listener. It’s also their first studio album with bassist Nicolette Alvarez (she/her) and guitarist Andy Anaya (he/him), joining founding members Goodwyne and drummer Caden Clinton (he/him).

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