To celebrate the release of their latest track ‘Change Your Mind’, we hooked up with Danny (guitar/vocals) and Tim (bass) from a Garage Rock Power Trio called Hybrid Kid, there is a third member called Fabio (drums) but he was busy painting his garden shed and couldn’t risk the paint drying unevenly so they gave him the afternoon off. As a trio, they’ve been pushing the envelope for a few years now in a way that only Tim (the wannabe postman) can truly understand. With kooky riffs, hooky choruses and their mind expanding shows they’ve been wowing the south coast and now they’re coming for you. We had a good chat about their musical beginnings, influences, dream festival lineups, living in America and loads more, here’s how we got on….
Gentlemen, we know you’re called Hybrid Kid, we know you’re a Garage Rock trio from Brighton, please tell us something that not many people would know about the band….
D. When you see us live you’re actually seeing our digitally recreated avatars on stage, just don’t try to walk through me please.
How and when did you all get together as a band?
D. 6 or 7 years ago Tim and I started bashing things together. Fabio joined during lockdown and has been a real asset with his groovy beats, backing vocals and melodic whistling.
Do you all share the same musical tastes or do you all bring something different to the table?
T. As with most bands i think we all have different tastes but cross over in enough areas to make playing together work. The crossover is stuff like modern psychedelic bands…Flaming Lips, Super Furrys….But we have a healthy respect for the classics
Hybrid Kid is an interesting name, tell me how it came about?
D. A friend suggested it as it was a name for a cartoon show he was working up that never happened. The other show he had was called The Disco Vicars so I’m glad we didn’t go for that one.
Who would you say are your main musical influences?
T. Personally very broad but always a healthy dash of early 70s Bowie, Lou Reed, MC5, Stooges plus 60s garage bands like the Sonics and 13th Floor Elevators…the bands i was listening to when i first picked up a guitar.
D. Pavement, Interpol, Radiohead
Who is the most famous person you ever met and were they as nice as you expected them to be?
T. There’s a lot. I’m the king of the name droppers. McCartney (Paul and Linda…and the kids actually) Spielberg…Joe Strummer…David Byrne…Keith Chegwin. And yes, they were all even nicer than you’d expect. The thing with famous people is that they are generally pretty nice people. it’s all the entourage and hangers on who are assholes!