|Origin||Colchester, Essex, UK|
|Labels||Fierce Panda Records|
|Members||Martin Williams (vocals)
Richard Williams (guitar)
Mark Butters (bass guitar)
Kerri-Ann Butcher (guitar)
Craig Jeal (drums)
|Past members||Dominic Harrison (guitar)
Chris McKeown (keyboard)
They debuted in front of a paying audience, performing at a Colchester venue, "Twist". The band developed as performers during a series of live performances, and gained a degree of prominence after opening for now the disbanded group Ikara Colt. This led to the band's first significant radio play, on XFM London.
In 2004, Absent Kid won the Diesel-U-Music award for Best Rock. An awards ceremony, held at nightclub Fabric was broadcast on Channel 4. Absent Kid were awarded their trophy by BBC Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman. This brought some attention from the national press, including the influential New Musical Express.
Absent Kid were afterwards signed by Fierce Panda Records, who had previously released records by, amongst others, Coldplay, Idlewild and Keane. The band's debut mini-album, I Burnt Down the Family Business, was released with Fierce Panda on 25 April 2005 to critical acclaim. Their double A-side debut single, Shame On Us All/Quiet Playground, was released on 6 February 2006.
The band gained less notoriety in the following year. They released their first full-length album in July 2007. While their previous works drew comparisons to Radiohead, the new album was hailed as more upbeat and made for the dancefloor.
In December 2009 the band announced a return after a year long hiatus with a new line up with guitarist Kerri-Ann Butcher (formerly from Stand Still Kid) replacing Dominic Harrison.
- Scatter Photos and Relive Bloodloss (EP)
- I Burnt Down the Family Business (25 April 2005)
- Shame On Us All / Quiet Playground (6 February 2006)
- Misadventure (July 2007)