Another early morning in my surreal life in the mountains of Lucerne, while I work on another special project that I physically had the chance to discover during a fantastic show on July 1st, 2022, at one of Lucerne’s most iconic music venues, Sedel, alongside two monsters, Dropout Kings and Ghost Lights. At this very special modern rap metal show, they instantly made an impact on me with their impressive live performances as the opening band, and I have been following them on their social channels ever since. Today, finally, I have the chance to share my opinion about these Liechtensteiner gentlemen.
First and foremost, Kids in Cages left an impression on me for two main reasons: their interpretation and modernization of punk rock and fantastic live performances. However, their new song, Boomer, doesn’t quite represent what I have imagined of them. While it has enough quality to make a positive impact on the listener, it doesn’t fully showcase what makes them special in different ways that this song doesn’t focus on.
Objectively, Boomer is a well-sounding alternative rap rock/metal song that stands out for its familiar concept, incorporating Linkin Park‘s melodic and commercial qualities with Ghostemane‘s trap, and Dropout Kings‘ rap elements. The song is lead by rap and melodic vocals in a radio-friendly structure and commercial sound, accompanied by electronic beats, acoustic drums, melodic catchy chorus melodies, and alternative rock guitars. It’s a familiar sounding modern song that stands out for its mainstream character.
Moreover, Kids In Cages support their musical vision with a sound character that will compete internationally. As they carry direct influences from Linkin Park in their musical foundation, the band also chose to support this idea in their sound design, production, and visuals.