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Friday, April 1, 2011

Corner Kid kills the cliques on Atlas! At Last

Chad Yochum
  • Photo by Ashley Alger
Saying good-bye to a favorite local music act is never easy, but when a great new project comes from one of its former members, it makes the loss easier to swallow. Chad Yochum, former vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in the now extinct Atlanta band Lions and Scissors fills the void left after the band’s 2009 split, with a new collection of ambitious and multifaceted songs as Corner Kid.

Half of the upcoming debut album, Atlas, At Last! (due in April), is streaming on the Corner Kid’s website, and each song offers a distinct musical atmosphere, not found in any of the others. The unifying presence is undoubtedly Yochum’s haunting voice.

Yochum’s battle with insomnia was the inspiration for the album. “On the record, I go into various subjects that would keep me up at night: paranoia, injustice, abandonment, corruption and betrayal,” Yochum says. “But my insomnia wasn't always melancholy. Love and inspiration also kept me up at night (as mentioned in "Beauty and the Priest" and "Connecting the Dots"). I had a love/hate relationship with my insomnia, but grew to look forward to being my own "Atlas" at the end of most days.”

Forget trying to make stylistic sense of Corner Kid. The music ebbs and flows through variations of pop, piano-driven vaudeville, smooth folk and unpredictable experimental rock, which is no accident. “I find the idea of conveying a broad range of emotions and ideas with such a specific style of music to be restricting for me, therefore, I refuse to settle inside a genre or sub-genre,” he adds. “In fact, I seek to destroy the validity of those words all-together. They're too safe and do not challenge listeners to broaden their taste. This approach to music might prevent me from finding my own niche, but I've never been about niches or cliques or target audiences for that matter.”


“Save Point” embraces yet another musical style, with an 8-bit intro that leads into a savory, pulsing melody without a hitch.

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