Monday, June 25 2012 12:24

KinderAngst - Self-titled (Album Review)

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There isn't a wide range of punk rock available for kids, and unless I'm mistaken, I thought that Chicago's THE BOOGERS were the only game in town. Not anymore as the Kindie Rock world now has another band of merry misfits raising their kid-sized fists in the name of rock N' roll and education. That band is KinderAngst.

kinderangst coverCreating an urban world called Alphabet City, KinderAngst is inhabited by characters such as Madison, Violet, Megabyte, and Jack the Rat - each displaying personality traits often found in certain members of the under-10 set. With their world established and a soundtrack that ranges from punk to ska to straight-up garage rock, the New York-based duo of Palmyra Delran and Rachelle Garniez have crafted a fourteen-track collection of kids music worthy of The Rock Father stamp of approval. Figure in an appearance by BLONDIE frontwoman Debbie Harry on the ska-flavored ode to self-sufficiency, "Do it Yourself," and you've got a very unique record to share with the youngsters.

kidsadvisoryDespite its musical cred, KinderAngst does a great job of turning childhood emotion into colorful lyrics. I've never really spoken about "stress on kids," but I see it in my own toddler, and songs like "Today" capture that and show that it's ok to be down sometimes. Then you have "A.D.D." and "Big Time Out" that touch upon the hyperactive and spending time in the naughty spot. 

Very cool on a lot of levels, KinderAngst is a lot of things, but above all it's a lot of fun.

Available on KinderAngst's Official Site or on iTunes.

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The Rock Father Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: A streaming version of KinderAngst was provided to The Rock Father for Review Consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn and take into account the reaction of a toddler.


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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