I'm not even sure how to write about something like this. It's some pretty damn depressing news for a blog that's usually written with a such chipper demeanor, but there is a silver lining in this cloud too...
For the past few months Us Kids Know have been writing, practicing and recording in a Scout-hall in Ilovo. Over this past weekend the space was broken into. A bunch of the band's equipment was stolen and The Kids have now found themselves without a space to practice in (a problem the band grappled with for ages before finding this Scout-hall). In the aftermath of the robbery the band have created a facebook group, claiming the band is breaking up and having a sale on the last of their lovely hand-crafted merch.
While the band are insisting this is the end, I'm taking it with a teaspoon of salt. UKK are no strangers to extended hiatuses not to mention generally tomfoolery including messing with their loyal fans. So I'm staying optimistic and hoping this isn't the end of my favourite active Joburg band. If, by this time next year, it seems the band well and truly has broken up, I will personally rally up an angry mob to beat the crap out of The Kids for breaking my heart.
While it's unclear if this is the end of the book or simply another chapter in the band's tale, what is for sure is that we won't be seeing Us Kids Know out anytime soon. They did announce in the notorious group that they had 2 remaining shows. The first of these went down on Tuesday night at the truly awesome Howl Folk Festival. It was a fantastic show, honestly one of the very best environments I've ever had the pleasure of watching the band in. The final show goes down on Sunday afternoon at Alliance Francais' "Fete de la Musique". This annual event already sounded like something really special before I even knew Us Kids were playing. On top of that the band have asked me to project some visuals for their set. Now that it's been revealed that this is the last chance anyone will get to see them live anytime soon, you definitely don't want to miss this: