Chicago band Kids These Days confirms breakup

Photo by Jake Krez

BY THOMAS CONNER AND JAKE KRZECZOWSKI May 8, 2013 5:32PM

Updated: May 9, 2013 2:24AM

Just when it looked like they were really going to go places, Chicago band Kids These Days has split up.

The young South Side band, which encompassed a multitude of styles, just released its acclaimed debut album, “Traphouse Rock,” last fall. In little more than a year, the pop-rock-rap collective landed gigs at Lollapalooza and Coachella, a showcase at South by Southwest and an appearance on the TBS talk show “Conan.”

dt.common.streams.StreamServer-1But singer-rapper Vic Mensa told the site XXL on Wednesday that Kids These Days “will no longer function as a band.”

“It was definitely a creative thing,” Liam Cunningham told the Sun-Times. “When we started the band, we were all 15 years old, and we’ve all grown musically since then. I think everybody felt a bit suffocated.”

Meanwhile, Cunningham has organized a new group with three former KTD members: singer-keyboardist Macie Stewart, bassist Lane Beckstrom and drummer Greg Landfair.

“I’m really excited for this project, it’s going to be more rock,” said Stewart, who will share songwriting duties with Cunningham. “People do new things all the time, but we have a great team backing us and people who believe in us. I think that’s the most important thing moving forward.”

Also moving on are Nico Segal and J.P. Floyd, the band’s horn section. The two have been playing with R&B artist Frank Ocean, including recent gigs in California and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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