Ever since the beginning of Third Outing we have been championing Kkidss, the king of Lo-Fi, and throughout his time he has truly delivered. Now 5 albums into his promised haul of 18, and with the release of his new video American Spirit here on Third Outing below, we take a look at the man behind the music, and ask; is Kkidss the master of Lo-Fi a Mod? Here's 3 reasons why he is...
1 The Mentality of the Mod shines through! Yes Kkidss is a classic guitar wielding DIYer who plies his trade on the 8 track of his world. But it is the mentality which is that of the Mod. Remember when we told you he is going to create 500 songs on 18 albums just because he can? A ballsy move like that needs class and rock and roll mentality, Kkidss has got it. It screams Mod!
2 The style of the Mod lives large! And not in that traditional side burn hair, polo top, Baracuta jacket. But simply for the cool. It's Dr Martin and sheepskin mixed with the sunglasses indoors look. It's a style which, if had been around in the 60's, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Who would have adopted. The same style and elegance spills over into the Kkidss album artwork, too. The latest album vomit drawns inspiration from figures such as Warhol, but best of all is the first release, Hot Trash, an incredible flower montage which would find its way into any Mod's shirt collection.
3 The lyrics of the Mod. A strange thing to say. How can a Lo-Fo artist, an artist who relies on guitar and recording ingenuity, how can he have the lyrics of the Mod mentality? Easy, really. Check out Rock And Roll with the rather poignant lyrics everybody is dirty, everybody is high, everybody is thirty yeah, everybody is thirty when they die.
American Spirit signals the return of Kkidss to the DIY scene. It's a thought provoking track which almost represents the home video of human history and civilisation. Thought provoking images come to life with the pained cries of what the American Spirit represents. The sound of a man dissatisfied with the ruling world? Now that's not a Mod mentality at all, is it?