Kids & Animals

If all of the songs on the Seattle band's self-titled debut EP sound familiar, there's good reason: Kids & Animals owes some credit to a handful of bands that gained popularity in the last decade. "46th Street" has super-electric guitars and chanted, near-shouted vocals that have beome Modest Mouse's trademark. "Solstice" possesses the same meandering yet symphonic quality as Okkervil River's songs. Even the opening guitars on "Blind Spots" mimic The Bends-era Radiohead. On the one hand, this means the band members borrows heavily from their influences; on the other, it means these five guys must be incredibly talented to pull it off. All of the bands Kids & Animals draw from—Arcade Fire is included in that list, too—are known for both pop sensibility and technical precision, two qualities that this little band has in spades. The result sounds innovative and interesting but still approachable, giving Kids & Animals a chance to make it just as big at the bands they admire. With Skeletons with Flesh on Them, the Purrs, Royal Bear. PAIGE RICHMOND

Thu., Jan. 28, 8 p.m., 2010

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