What do you get when you put together 5 intelligent, dorky, diverse young men?
Ego Kid, that's what!
After meeting in high school and growing up together, Adam Moura (vocals), Johnny McAuliffe (guitar/vocals), Phil Gold (guitar), Ken Willisch (bass), and Chris Poolt (drums) started playing as a group four years ago. They released their first album, "Universal Kill", in 1998, and began to grow their popularity under the name, The Fuzz. It featured a song called "The Latest," a song in which Adam's vocal performance laid the grounds for his future role as a crucial part of this energetic quintet. Then in 2000, the band put together a three-song demo called, "The Pulse". By this time, they had changed the title of their band to Youth of America, a name attributed to the 1981 release from The Wipers.
Keeping a permanent name was never a strong suit for the band. Chris, Ken, Phil, Johnny, and Adam have such diverse personalities, that it literally took them four years to resolve their identity crisis. However, Ego Kid was finally born, and to support it, not only was Adam made a permanent addition, but "The Pulse" demo was reproduced and re-released in 2001.
All of the band members currently reside in New York where they meet frequently to help raise Ego Kid through these developmental years. They dedicate their time to each other, and spend days together writing and practicing, having "philosophical" discussions, playing video games, and just fucking around. To be perfectly honest, you may wonder how anyone can embody so much creativity and stupidity all at the same time. To answer your question, I don't know either.
Similar to their personalities, the band's influences are also considerably diverse, citing inspiration from art-rock, punk, emo, brit-pop, metal, and classical. It is these sundry influences that help give Ego Kid its very unique, yet "familiar rockin' sound". Nevertheless, despite their various musical preferences, they all enjoy the aural sentiments of At The Drive-In, Blonde Redhead, Incubus, Les Savy Fav, and Radiohead. Still, who would've ever believed that these five guys could come together and make the music that they do?
Ego Kid's music and lyrics reflect a sense of hope and self-preservation in spite of life's challenges, a feeling that many people can relate to and recognize in their daily life. With Adam's exquisite voice, Johnny and Phil's amazing guitar talent, Ken's solid bass lines, and Chris' powerful drumming, Ego Kid is surely a band headed for the top, or at very least your local arcade and comic-book shop.
By: Amira Essed.