?I met Kid Fourteen at a show we played together in Lebanon. It destroyed me. The music was so remarkably intense it turned the air to red light. ? Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu
Beirut based Kid Fourteen (Khodor Ellaik) will release a new single Everybody wants a strong man on August 3rd 2018. Following up Kid Fourteen's recent second album Blood-thick silence, his new single is an industrial-tinged rallying cry against the reality of masculinity. ?Even though we've come a long way defying toxic masculinity,? says Khodor, ?it seems that most people from different circles (whether social or personal) still prefer to deal with, and accept, the strength and power of an individual male, rather than his vulnerability and weaknesses.? Kid Fourteen's last album was a collection of tales covering pleasure, love, spite, intoxication and loneliness masked in hazy euphoria. Whereas that album was impure delirium, Everybody wants a strong man is a direct statement of searing intent. Whilst the influence of Suicide is still undeniable, there are parallels with the darker moments of Depeche Mode and industrial pioneers Nine Inch Nails. Khodor's tortured vocal bursts again stitch the track together, with his indictment of toxic masculinity. Everybody wants a strong man will be released for digital download via Pinyon's website, and across streaming services, on 3rd August 2018. Kid Fourteen's latest album, Blood-thick Silence, is available as a picture book with a CD, as well as digitally, now.
Upcoming shows:?August 2nd at RadioBeirut. Beirut, Lebanon?September 8th at Wickerpark music festival. Batroun, Lebanon