You know true familial love when one band member moves across state lines to be closer to his band mates for shows. Maybe it was the way they met or maybe it’s their laid back fun first mentality but regardless, Kid, You’ll Move Mountains is truly a loving family.
Formerly a Milwaukee based band, four out of five members now live in Geneva, Ill. Despite regular shows in Chicago and DeKalb, the band upholds Milwaukee roots with trips three or four times a year to bask in the recollection and generosity of the Milwaukee crowd.
This Saturday, band members Nate Lanthrum, Andrew Lanthrum, Nina Lanthrum, Corey Wills and Jim Hanke make a hometown appearance with their first full length album, "Loomings" in hand; reminding family and friends their sound hasn’t strayed too far from home.
Teetering on the balance of what music is and what it is supposed to be, "Loomings" is sure to be nothing less than inventively interesting.
This week, OnMilwaukee.com caught up with Jim Hanke, guitarist and vocalist of Kid, You’ll Move Mountains, to find out what’s in store for Cactus Club this Saturday.
OnMilwaukee.com: "Sadly, you were the last band member to live in Milwaukee. Why did you end up moving to the Chicagoland area?"
Jim Hanke: "I love playing with these guys so much and I felt like I was missing out on something by always travelling back and forth between Milwaukee and Chicago. We’d play a show in Chicago, I’d get there just in time for sound check and then have to leave right after the show. Now, four of us are living in Geneva."
OMC: Why did you decide to play have a CD release party in Milwaukee?
Henke: I’m from there and I love coming back. Eric Uecke, who owns Cactus Club, mentioned we should turn the show into a CD release party. Eric’s booked bands I’ve been in for 10 years now and he’s honestly one of the most genuine guys. Just when you think he doesn’t remember you, he remembers you and then really wants to promote you or put you high up on a pedestal.
OMC: You’re releasing your first full length album, "Loomings." Where did you record?
Hanke: We recorded the album over the last two years in our own studio. Andrew and Corey have the ability to work the boards. It’s great because you have the ability on a Sunday to come over and do six or seven hours of work but then at the same time, if you have family, holiday or work stuff, you don’t always pick up where you left off right away.
OMC: Did you take any particular direction with this album?
Hanke: I think we just tried to throw enough weird things in there to keep it interesting. We tried to deconstruct songs and put things in that we didn’t hear at first. We want songs to be fun and memorable but we hope to keep people on their toes. Some of best things on records are things that you might not know what they are; might not be a drum set or guitar solo, it’s just a weird thing that almost sounds like a mistake. I think all five of us like albums that are like that.
OMC: What is your background musically? Are any of you professionally trained?
Hanke: Nina is the only one professionally trained as a classical pianist. All four guys have played in different bands but none of us have any formal training. I’m probably the least cognizant of how music is supposed to go.
OMC: Do you see that as a positive or negative aspect?
Hanke: I think we do an okay job of not trying to put a square peg in a round whole; if we are playing something we’re not excited about, we scrap it and move on. I think there’s a lot that can be detrimental if you over think things too. I don’t think we just magically plug in and wow this is great but I don’t think we sit down and really analyze something where it’s not fresh or inventive anymore.
OMC: Do you think Kid, You’ll Move Mountains is musically a blend of Troubled Hubble and El Oso? Or is it a completely different entity altogether?
Hanke: It’s a melding of those two things. I can’t say we went into it throwing down the gauntlet, saying we absolutely want to be something completely different; I think it’s just something that happened. It’s absolutely a collaborative effort.
But, if people hear that, it’s really flattering and nice. I think we all bring something. Nate and Andrew bring energy and non-stop relentless fun; they’re two of the most amazing people to watch on stage. Cory brings a lot of technical aspects, Nina mixes in a classical aspect and I like to think I bring lyrically some sort of ability to set a theme.
OMC: You’ve played dozens of shows in both Chicago and Milwaukee. How would you compare the two music scenes?
Hanke: Milwaukee has far more collaboration between all the bands. Take Call Me lightning, The Championship, John the Savage or the Rusty P’s. All these bands somehow know each other and are absolutely cool with playing together; that to me makes an incredible show. Chicago is far more cutthroat. There are far more places to play in Chicago but for some reason, people are battling each other out for press. Milwaukee is for lack of a better term, far friendlier. Even as a music fan in Milwaukee, it’s fun to watch all these bands help each other out and turn shows into events.
OMC: You guys chose to play with The Chairs, Ellusive Parallelogram and Disguised as Birds this weekend. Why these bands?
Hanke: I was really intrigued with the three bands we got. I wanted to play with strangers and I don’t think I’ve met anyone in any of those bands. I’m really a big fan of the dirty indie rock sound of Disguised like Birds, heard amazing things about The Chairs and Elusive Parallelogram is really blowing up. I was just really looking to play with really good strangers for something different.
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.
After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined OnMilwaukee.com as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.
Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.