McKinney has his own boy band with the Kid Brothers
Some members of McKinney-based band The Kid Brothers aren’t old enough to drink, and some of them aren’t even old enough to drive. But all of them are already living their boy band dreams. Since forming in 2019, they have performed several shows at Six Flags Over Texas, Love Field and several other local venues. This year they will take the stage at various festivals, including Main Street Fest in Grand Prairie, Downtown Music Fest in Georgia and Carne Asada in Dallas.
Despite their busy schedules, vocalist Eddie and guitarist Sean, who are half of the band’s namesake brothers, took the time to chat with us between their home lessons, alongside their bassist Alex, whose brother David is also the band’s keyboardist. . Missing drummer Chris.
(All members have requested that we withhold their last names as they are minors.)
The age of the group members varies from 12 to 16 years old. Eddie, David and Alex first met at school. These last two were already musicians, and Eddie and Sean had the ambition to form a group.
“The funny thing about when we joined the band was that originally my brother and I didn’t even want to join the band,” says Alex. “In fact, our mother forced us to go to [Alex and David’s house] and tell them about their registration process. Basically, that day, they had given us the choice between the keyboard and the bass. And that day, I chose which instrument to play, and so did my brother, and we’ve been learning ever since.
Eddie handles much of the band’s songwriting. On one of their songs, “Dream”, he sings that he has a crush on a girl. “I’m like, ‘Hey, I want you to ruin my day and make me feel all the shame,'” he sings over a guitar and drum track.
When writing a song, Eddie usually comes up with the melody first. He’ll ask Sean to play a tune on the guitar, and the lyrics usually follow. In the case of “Dream”, the melody sounded “pop-rock ish”.
“At the time, I was in a Five Seconds of Summer phase,” Eddie explains. “At the same time, when we were doing ‘Dream’, Shawn Mendes had recently released his song ‘Wonder’, and it was really cool.”
The Kid Brothers kicked off the new year with the release of their single “Sorry Mom (Spent Too Much Time on the Internet)”, on which they analyze Gen Z culture and their reliance on social media and technology. On a more electronic pop-focused beat, Eddie apologizes for falling down digital rabbit holes, valuing likes and buying things he doesn’t need.
“Something my dad used to say a long time ago: if you want to do normal things, then be a normal kid. But if you want to be a special kid, a kid who goes to Nashville, or [performing at] Lava Cantina, or whatever, then you can’t do normal things for kids. – Kid Brothers’ Alex
In the song’s music video, the boys recreate iconic memes and viral videos and parody influencers like The Islandboys (who have since shouted The Kid Brothers on their Instagram page), as well as The Kardashians.
Although Eddie says he had “no control” over dressing like a woman, Sean cites this as the reason the video got so many views, “which we’re really grateful for, and 1,000 subscribers on YouTube”.
Like many teenagers, The Kid Brothers say balancing school and a social life is a big challenge. Eddie says he’s always wanted to run on the track and go to football games, but because he and Sean are homeschooled, that’s not possible. Alex, a high school student, is planning his college studies.
However, the boys don’t regret chasing their dreams, nor would they trade their accomplishments and upcoming tour dates for a “normal” life.
“Something my dad used to say a long time ago,” Alex recalled, “If you want to do normal things, then be a normal kid. But if you want to be a special kid, a kid who goes to Nashville, or [performing at] Lava Cantina, or whatever, then you can’t do normal things for kids.
As their tour dates continue to pile up, the Kid Brothers can’t wait to meet fans across the country.
“I’ve always wanted to meet people behind the scenes at VIP parties,” says Eddie. “Because I’ve heard stories about how people didn’t like their experiences [meeting other artists] and I’m like, ‘If they’re going to meet me that day, I’m going to give them a hug, or I’m going to give them a high five.’ »