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Time to start Rockin’ the Island

These Kids Wear Crowns headline the first annual Rockin’ the Island music festival in Campbellton tomorrow. - PHoto submitted
These Kids Wear Crowns headline the first annual Rockin’ the Island music festival in Campbellton tomorrow.
— image credit: PHoto submitted

Saturday, Aug. 16 is the date for Campbell River’s first annual music festival – Rockin’ The Island.

With 10 All-Canadian bands and artists performing, this year’s talent will deliver an incredible show that all ages will enjoy.

This year’s headliners are These Kids Wear Crowns!

“We’re gonna give it a jumpstart / 4, 3, 2, 1, go! / What’s up? / When we get it going no way we’re gonna stop / And all you need is a spark!” sings These Kids Wear Crowns front man Alex Johnson on the huge, pop song that kicked off the full length album Jumpstart. On Jumpstart, Chilliwack, BC party core band These Kids Wear Crowns keep the energy going with big, boisterous sing-along electro dance-pop songs, as catchy and engaging as their breakthrough single, “Break It Up.”

The 11-song album — produced by Matt Squire (3OH!3, Panic At The Disco, Katy Perry), Garth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hedley) and Jeff Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids) — contains the energetic first single, “Jumpstart;” the electro-heavy “Don’t Sweat It;” anthemic “Lifetime”; and whirling electro cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘80s hit, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Standouts from the band’s EPs, “Skeletons,” “Break It Up,” “Oceans” and “We All Fall Down,” are also included.

“This whole album is about getting people up off their feet,” says front man/co-writer Alex Johnson. “It’s much more dedicated to dance than our EPs, but still has the same These Kids flavour. It has our familiar melodies and sing-a-long lyrics for everyone. We’re big on alliteration and repetition and those things make our songs stand out.”

“We always said that we wanted our music to have great energy – nothing negative. We want everyone in the clubs to get on their feet and dance when they hear our songs played,” says bassist/co-writer Alan Poettcker.

The six-piece band, comprised of Alex, Alan, guitarists Joshua “Gypsy” McDaniel and Joe Porter, synthesist/programmer Matt Vink and drummer Josh Mitchinson, live in a musical era where pop and dance dominate the charts and can’t help but be influenced by it.

Still, there is nothing laidback about These Kids Wear Crowns. The music is nothing short of pumping. It is big and buoyant, can lift people’s spirits and bodies out of their seats. Give These Kids Wear Crowns a a rockin’ welcome on Saturday, August 16 at the first annual Rockin’ The Island.Tickets for Rockin’ the Island are online at www.tidemarktheatre.com till Aug. 11; then on site at the music festival site, 1490 Island Highway North in Campbellton from August 12 - 16.  Tickets are $70 for adults, $50 for students, $40 for children 4 – 11 years and free for 3 and under.

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