For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Kid, You’ll Move Mountains!
It’s been a long minute since Kid, You’ll Move Mountains released a new album, with the group’s last full length, Loomings, dropping in 2009. Band frontman Jim Hanke even spoke to CVU this time last year about a new record. Now, Hanke once again speaks with CVU, to fill in the story behind the group’s forthcoming follow up to Loomings.
“I took some time from October through present to get back together with El Oso, the previous band I fronted back in Milwaukee from 2003-2006,” Hanke explains. “We were asked to open The Felix Culpa‘s final performance at the Metro in Chicago, and we added some other shows in Rockford and Milwaukee (the latter with Maritime, who was kind enough to lend us their practice space for all the reunion shows). We have one more scheduled on January 28th in Milwaukee at Turner Hall Ballroom, as part of the Pablove benefit concert. Pablove was founded by former Promise Ring manager/current Dangerbird Records head Jeff Castelaz after his 6-year-old son died of Cancer. As a Leukemia survivor myself, it means a lot to be a part of the show.”
“Corey Wills, our guitarist, has been busy with the next album from his band Inspector Owl,” Hanke continues. “He expects it to be out in March. They put a track from it up on Soundcloud around Christmas.” Here that cut, titled “We Are An Ocean,” below.
Additionally, KYMM drummer Nate Lanthrum recently joined Brontosaurus as that act’s second drummer, with his debut with that act happening soon. Meanwhile, the group’s bassist Andrew Lanthrum made a move to Japan this past summer. The band expects him back later this coming summer, but in the meantime, Josh Miller (ex-Troubled Hubble) is standing in on bass duties for the act.
“Before he left, Andrew recorded all his parts for the album,” Hanke reports of the new KYMM effort. “Most instrumentation is done for it, but Nina (Lanthrum, piano, vocals) and I have to add vocals, and Nina has to add piano, which we’ll be recording at Back Third Studios in Aurora. I don’t know when we’ll have everything done and out, but we expect things to move along pretty quickly now.”
Check out a live version of Loomings cut “Make It Sing” below, following Hanke’s CVU podcast interview from 2010.