The Nashville rock outfit, Cardboard Kids, grew up as friends in the dense back woods of Tyler, Texas in a scene similar to “the scene that celebrates itself”. They played in teenage bands together, often switching out members of each other’s bands and lending talents in order to make better music with no consequences in mind except to make great music and further that idea as an example to neighboring music scenes in the bigger, saturated cities nearby.
In 2013, the three members came together to form Cardboard Kids, in hopes to create a new sound with the influences of soul and rock.
Singer and guitarist, Jake Germany, brings a sense of confident swagger with his infectious melodies while guitarist, Austin Cunningham, couples his raw southern guitar tones along side. The bold drumming of Brandon McFarlin contributes to keep the energy thumping throughout each song. Collectively, the band draws their influences from their upbringing in 90’s rock and R&B as well as their love for gritty 60’s blues tunes.
With a DIY attitude and a close relationship with their rapidly developing fan base, they constantly strive to entertain and work hard in order to deliver a product that properly reflects their tight-knit friendship within the band as well as with their fans.
The Kid’s debut full length record, Echo Boomer features a vast amount of catchy hooks, vintage rock tone, and edgy, straightforward honesty. The album was recorded and mixed in Franklin, TN at Sound Shelter Studio by Joe Costa (Ben Folds) and produced by Tres Sasser with the additional vocal talents of soulful powerhouse, Ruby Amanfu (Jack White) and the delicate, soft voices of the ladies of Poema. Substream Music Press considered the opening title track to be “sleek, jarring, and unforgettable”, also adding that “Cardboard Kids are the next great Americana rock act of tomorrow”. The single was released in November of 2013 with a splash, as a refreshing and passion-filled staple that dove into a market of synths, statistics, and apathy. The debut record, in its entirety, is an infectious and raw frenzy, mirrored with a steady pulse that pounds as an anthem for a new brand of Rock & Soul.