Gig of the week: Sweaty, gross fantastic

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Kiwi pop sensations Kids of 88 plan a “sweaty, gross and fantastic” free live debut in Queenstown. 

The duo’s super-catchy singles My House and Just A Little Bit were both chart smashes – with a little bit of help from their raunchy videos. 

And the resort’s tiny Dux de Lux will be rammed when Kids of 88 hit the stage with a full live band on Saturday. 

“This whole thing has grown like a musical monster but smaller venues suit us because we come from a punk rock ethic,” singer Sam McCarthy says. 

“It’s going to be quite a first show for us in Queenstown and we are well excited about it.” 

McCarthy says the whirlwind success has taken him and keyboardist/programmer Jordan Arts by surprise. 

“We started the Kids of 88 project as a production unit and it was really all about constructing songs and recording,” McCarthy explains. 

“We never expected our music to be heard as much as it has and it’s all kind of come out of nowhere. 

“But we’ve started to take what we do a bit more seriously and putting a band together has given the songs a new lease of life. 

“At the Queenstown gig, we’ll do a live set and also some DJ-ing.” 

As well as fronting the electro-pop duo, McCarthy remains a longtime member of hit New Zealand rock band Goodnight Nurse – he sings backing vocals. 

“Goodnight Nurse has taken a bit of time out as we’ve been really busy for the past few years and we wanted to concentrate on a few other projects,” he says. 

“What’s been good though, is that although Kids of 88 is a very different thing musically, we’ve still taken some of the Goodnight Nurse fans with us.” 

Kids of 88 have been hard at work in their home city of Auckland finishing a debut album for release in August.
And McCarthy says they won’t be straying too far from the red-hot videos that helped make them famous. 

“Those videos make some people uncomfortable and other people randy,” McCarthy adds. “The sexual connotations are certainly something that worked for our first two singles and pushing a few boundaries is something we’ll still explore.”