WinterKids

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WinterKids
OriginSurrey, England
GenresIndie rock, art rock
Years active2006-2010
MembersJames Snider
Hannah Snider
Chris Muldoon
Bradley Osborne
Tom Downer

WinterKids was a five piece art pop band from Peaslake, Surrey, England. They operated their own production studio/home "Little House", have been favourably reviewed in the press, and also toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and appeared at SXSW in the United States[citation needed].

The vocalist, James Snider, now goes by the artist name of "WinterKid" and posts tracks on his soundcloud page.

Members[edit]

  • James Snider - vocals
  • Tom Downer - bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and guitar
  • Bradley Osborne - guitar, violin and vocals
  • Chris Muldoon - drums
  • Hannah Snider - organs and vocals

Style[edit]

WinterKids' music can be described as folk-pop, yet also takes a partially art-rock style with use of organs and keyboards.[citation needed]

Recognition and reviews[edit]

WinterKids has been recognised by several media outlets, including being named as "One of the 10 most promising British acts of 2007" by the New York Daily News.[1]

Their limited release album, Memoirs was reviewed well by Pitchfork which said that it "recalls teenage heartbreak with good cheer and a measure of wit".[2]

Spin magazine wrote that the group "replicates the energetic spirit -- and heartache -- of their formative years."[3] The First Coast News review was pointed: "The boy/girl vocals on Memoirs complement each other perfectly and make this album an addictive treat" and "practically essential."[4]

After performing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and digitally releasing the WinterKids collection (with the same music as Memoirs), they released Memoirs through Columbia Japan and an EP called Wonderland through Tapete in Germany. They also received modest U.S. radio airplay as a result of the festival performance and a brief New York area tour and they reached the top 50 in the American College radio charts.[5]

WinterKids also made the XFM playlist and had spot plays on Radio One.[citation needed]

Television[edit]

Beginning in September 2009, WinterKids hosted the magazine-style television series Little House TV, based in the band's "Little House" home and production studio in Peaslake, Surrey, England. The band provides all the music for the series. With Inqb8r.tv, Howling Wolf Group and Sub.tv, the show is "produced by students for students" at Surrey University and is streamed to students on college campuses on the Freewire IPTV network and online at littlehousetv.com.[6]

WinterKids appeared on Channel 4's The JD Set.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • "I'm Not Used To You" (limited edition single)
  • "Tape It" (limited edition single)
  • Memoirs (limited edition promo album, Japan only)
  • "Marzipan & Ribbons" (US iTunes only)
  • "Wonderland" (limited edition 7" single)
  • Wonderland EP (Germany only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farber, Jim, "Ten most promising Brit acts on the horizon". New York Daily News, 6 March 2007.
  2. ^ Hogan, Mark, "Album Reviews : WinterKids - Memoirs". Pitchfork Media, 12 March 2007
  3. ^ Try On WinterKids' 'Clothes' for Size (review). Spin.com, Spin, 6 February 2007.
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Paul, The Winterkids Memoirs, First Coast News, 6 February 2007.
  5. ^ Wonderland’ released 26 July Album ‘WinterKids’ out October 2007 (Little House Records / Original Electric). Fistral Public Relations. Press release. Archived 20 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Inqb8r works with students to create Little House TV" inqb8r.tv
    - "Little House TV", brandnote.com
    - Winterkids blog

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