I was lucky enough to chat with the members of Residual Kid at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, TX about their retired concert rituals and their love for Ozzy Osbourne. It was a pleasure to exchange laughs with Deven, David, the Redman brothers, Max, and Ben. I was also delighted to see them play their hearts out on stage.
When did your introduction to music begin?
DI: To music just probably from my parents..at least cool music. Like listening to bands like B52’s. But as far as playing music I don’t know. We’ve been playing for as long as we can remember but as a group probably since 2010 in a rock camp where we all met each other and grouped together as a band.
What kind of music was playing in the background while you were growing up?
DI: For me it would probably be B52’s, a lot of 80s stuff. My parents were into 80s music like Billy Idol, they like Metallica a lot. My dad really liked heavy stuff but my parents together played a lot of 80s.
MR: It was a lot of the same for me and my brother because we live in the same house (laughs). Mostly a lot of Gary Numan, Cure, Failure, a lot of crazy noise stuff. Some Electric Six I guess.
What records are you currently listening to?
DI: Dead Confederate is one of all of our favorites.
MR: We’ve been listening to a lot of Ozzy Osbourne in the van, a lot of “Slow Down”, “Bark at the Moon”.
DI: It’s been on repeat for sure. Muse.
BR: We have an interesting tour playlist.
DI: We’ve been listening to whatever CDs we can find.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
DI: One song?
BR: Slow Down, Ozzy Osbourne
MR: Yeah, Slow Down, Ozzy Osbourne. Oh no, So Tired by Ozzy Osbourne.
DI: So Tired by Ozzy Osbourne. I want it to be playing at my funeral and my wedding. At my funeral because he’s talking about time has come to say goodbye and he’s so tired so I want people to know that it was my time to go and that I’m tired of life I guess. Hopefully, I am tired of my life by the time I go.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who?
MR: Umm..Ozzy Osbourne? (laughs) No, I mean it’s always good to collaborate with multiple people to get a different feel but one specific person for me? I don’t really know. I don’t have any specifics.
DI: For me, I think it would be really fun to collaborate with someone totally different from us like Skrillex. That would be sick because he’s so different from us or Alan Jackson.
MR: Who’s that?
DI: Country singer. He’s sick.
BR: What’s the dude from Poison’s name?
MR: Bret Michaels! Trent Reznor would be pretty cool. Oh and Josh Homme.
BR: Gary Numan.
DI: Yeah, he (Josh Homme) is definitely a huge influence on us. He’s got such a distinct style, very straightforward that we like.
Was there ever a second choice for the band’s name?
DI: We liked the name
Depth. Maybe we shouldn’t give that one away.
MR: Take that off the record!
DI: What was the other one, the bacon one?
MR: Depth for Bacon?
DI: Yeah, we’re not really huge on the name Residual Kid it just sort of happened so we’ve really been thinking about other options but nothing has popped out to us.
So how did you land on your name?
DI: This was so long ago probably six or seven years ago it was on a big list of names, and it was just the one that sucked the least and it sort of stuck. I mean it kind of represents us now since we’ve had it for so long and people in Austin recognize it.
What’s your favorite thing to do off tour?
DI: We all really like to skate. We like to go to pawn shops and buy music stuff. We really like to sleep and record music, making albums is really fun. Making art, street art which some of us like to do. I mean like murals that people pay for obviously.
So far you have three EPs, will there be a full length album soon?
DI: The record deal we have right now I think we’re supposed to put out one or two more EPs and then a full length so hopefully within the next couple of years, so yes!
Do you have any before/after concert rituals?
MR: (laughs) We have that one..Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes.
DI: Yeah, Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes like the whole song we do it together.
MR: We used to.
DI: We used to but we don’t anymore and our shows have started to suck so we need to start again.
What was your family’s reaction when you first had to go on tour?
DI: Super supportive. It’s crazy how supportive our parents are of everything. When my parents learned about this tour like for forty days they were kind of skeptical but they decided it’s what we’re built for. It’s the true test of endurance to so see if this is really want we want to do.
Has our current political climate made it’s way into your music, or not at all?
DI: Not really. As far as lyrics I don’t really write about anything political and usually I focus on melodies first and other parts so when it comes down to writing lyrics it’s usually about my own experiences. Never really anything political but subconsciously maybe.