A Catchy Indie Rock Tune of Heartbreak and Emotional Acceptance
American indie rock band California Kids is set to release their latest single “Ashton” on May 26th. The song delves into the ending of a relationship with a non-binary partner, portraying the heartache that comes with it. With a Catchy chorus and a nostalgic vibe, drawing inspiration from a 1980s Brian Wilson demo and early Arctic Monkeys, “Ashton” is sure to be a standout addition to the band’s discography.
“Ashton” is a departure from California Kids’ earlier shoegaze tracks, embracing a sound that is reminiscent of The Strokes. The song was originally written on the piano and then recorded in the band drummer’s basement, with the tempo and sound being developed naturally throughout the recording process.
The lyrics of “Ashton” tell the story of a character going through emotional acceptance as they try to come to grips with the end of their relationship. The song captures the frustration of feeling stuck in a troubled relationship and the difficulty of accepting its end and convincing their partner that it’s over.
Formed in the spirit of youth and new experiences, California Kids creates a sound that’s both nostalgic and fresh. Drawing inspiration from iconic indie bands of the past, such as The Strokes, Cheap Trick, and Beach Boys, their songs explore universal themes such as heartbreak, coming of age, and inclusiveness.
Signed with Rexius Records in 2023, California Kids are a hidden gem poised to make their mark on the indie rock scene. Don’t miss the release of “Ashton” on May 26th.
Cover art: California Kids