K.G.H.B. (Kids Get Hit by Buses) is an electronica/chiptune/pop-dance/experimental band known for their wild dance parties, vibrant electronics, tight spandex, and unique stage antics. The band was formed by childhood friends Gabe Hayward and Aaron Campion who share song writing responsibilities and bring different elements to the table. During a live show Gabe dawns a cape and most of the vocal responsibilities while Aaron operates the electronics, making different noises on his electronic Keytar and musically inclined Gameboy.
K.G.H.B. is playing at Chop Suey on Sunday May 15th with Icarus the Kid and Strong Like Woman, which should be a fantastical event. Flotzam caught up with Gabe to get some insight in the groups’ dynamic.
Here’s a YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thjMji-Ziv4&feature=related
Here’s the interview:
NM: What was the biggest moment of your career so far? How can you top that?
GH: Heh, "career." Playing at shows like the EMP Sound Off and Folklife Festival were definitely some of our highlights. I think we can top that with the right amount of effort, and the right amount of luck. Maybe we'll shoot for a legit Wikipedia entry or something. That'd be pretty bomb.
NM: What have you guys been up to lately?
GH: Oh, this and that. We're trying to wrap up our old recordings for the "Blue Screen of Death," the EP that's been "coming soon" for over three years. Then we can finally move on with our lives. We have a lot of new material in the works that is going to blow all of our old stuff away.
NM: You’ve released 3 EPs so far, are you ever going to release a full LP? GH: That is next on the agenda. We have enough new songs for an album, but they only exist in my head at the moment. We're working on bringing those songs to life, but it's going to take time, and a lot of time if we want it to be perfect.
NM: How do you write songs? What does the writing process consist of?
GH: I'm usually riding the bus or taking a shower when I think up some lyrics or a catchy tune. From there I sort of just write the entire song in my head until I can recite it from beginning to end. Eventually, I'll create it on the computer, and then Aaron and I toss it back and forth until it sounds close enough to what was in my head (or better!) NM: You have some strange stage antics, where do you get your inspiration?
GH: Our antics are inspired by our music. The dances we do, the props we use, it's all made to fit whatever song we're playing. It can also stem from the atmosphere, the vibes we get from the crowd and everything around us at the time. It can be pretty random and spontaneous.
NM: are you planning anything special on stage this Sunday?
GH: Yes. NM: I heard a rumor you have a new pet bird that sings; would you consider using him in a song?
GH: No. Well, maybe. He's probably a better singer than me. NM: How accurate to your stage presence is you in real life?
GH: If you think about it, it's pretty impossible for one to not be one's self. We may take on a stage persona when performing, but it's very much us. Music is how we express who we are without
constraint, probably even more accurately than we could in real life. NM: how do you spend your regular time?
GH: Working at our regular jobs.
NM: At a few of your last shows you've played with live musicians (drummer/guitar) What difference does that make on stage? What made you decide to bring them on?
GH: It definitely adds to the appeal of a live show. We understand that audiences want to see real people playing real instruments instead of a computer doing everything, and it's about time to mix things up anyway. The new songs we're making are designed with live instruments in mind. It's just a new direction we're heading to keep things exciting.
NM: Do you have any goals, as musicians, entertainers or as people? GH: I think our biggest goal is just to entertain and have as much fun as possible before we get too old to wear spandex in public. It would be nice to accomplish something worth noting in the world and make an impact on a large number of people while we're still young.