Little Older Little Fatter
Welcome, welcome, ladies and gentlemen to the world of Idiotkin. A world that began not with a 'Big Bang,' rather with a little pop, along with some ska, punk, alternative and classic rock. But that's just a theory. Idiotkin? 'What does it mean?' you ask. It means you're about to hear something you've never heard before, and when you're done, you're going to want it again. Reese and Ross Klawitter started Idiotkin in 1997, and got their first gig on June 19, 1998. The two brothers weren't sure exactly what to do, considering the band consisted of only the two of them, so they decided they'd both play guitar and drums, taking turns throughout the night. That routine has stuck ever since. With the addition of bassist, Ryan Schmidt, back in 1999, Idiotkin solidified it's already strong, cutting-edge sound. Ross says, 'We didn't really know how much we needed him until we got him in the band.' Now that Idiotkin had two talented song writers in Reese and Ross and one hell of a performer in Schmidter, all they needed was a resident alcoholic. They found that missing link when Reese stumbled across the comatose body of Luther Monson in 2001. After several cups of coffee and a bottle of Aspirin, Luther was coherent enough to make his audition and has been drumming for the band ever since. With the style of music they liked, the guys stood out from the country and adult contemporary fans in the town. And they still do. People have expressed their hatred for Idiotkin by telling Ryan's dad he shouldn't let the Klawitter boys in his house. And God forbid they use the word masturbate in a song. Some parents have made their kids stay away from Idiotkin's shows for that. That is a lot of what music is about: making people feel something, anything; good or bad. 'The way I look at it,' says Reese, 'is that people can love us or hate us. I don't care. All that matters to me is that they've heard our music.' Despite those few ignoramus being judgmental fools, Idiotkin keeps on doing what it does so well; writing catchy rock tunes built around a foundation of solid bass, with a wall of simple, but creative, guitar riffs and solos, and drums that shake the place from the roof back down to the foundation. Idiotkin's debut album, That's a Lotta Cheese!, featuring The Uncertainty of Tomorrow, Playboy Mansion, Bad Taste, and Eyes sold just over 300 copies and was packed with raw aggression, teen angst, and potential that was only starting to be tapped. Sophomore Effort, Idiotkin's second album, harnessed even more of that potential. Greg Naylor, a veteran of ten years at The Salt Mine in Mesa, Arizona, produced and engineered the album. Highlights of Sophomore include One-hit Wonder, Tired Eyes, and Fly on the Wall, and Letter to a Stupid Girl. The third release was entitled Melophobia (look it up for yourself). If there were an award for 'Most Polished Punk Record', Melophobia would have won it! It stands head and shoulders above the previous albums with it's crunchy guitars, driving bass lines, and pounding drum beats. It features remakes of Playboy Mansion and Eyes, as well as new releases George Lassos the Moon, Criminal Way of Life, Brilliant, and Reese vs. The World. The fourth, and hopefully final, indie record from this handsome quartet is 2005's Little Older, Little Fatter. This album, recorded mostly live, captures the intense energy of a live Idiotkin show. It breathes new life into the overly poppy Tired Eyes and (That was a) Stupid Idea. It also showcases Reese's newfound love of 'drop D' with Running Away. Other masterful selections are Free Ride, Half the Time, I'd Rather Stay, and Never Ending Battle. Idiotkin has played shows all around southern Minnesota, as well as in Phoenix at The Big Fish Pub, Joe's Grotto, 4 Kings, Martini Ranch, Jugheads, The Stray Cat and Acme Roadhouse. In August 2001 Idiotkin played the Bryn Mawr Music Festival to find the 'Best Unsigned Band in Minnesota'. Their demo placed them in the top ten of over seventy submissions. Three media professionals from Minneapolis placed the second, but they didn't hang their heads. They felt they should have won, but they didn't look at it as having lost to one band; instead, they'd beaten seventy others. No one knows exactly what the future holds - maybe a recording deal and some financial backing, or maybe a lot more shows in the dank corner of Jugheads - but Idiotkin has been, and remains, determined to prove to everyone that they have the ability to make it to the top with their unique blend of styles, catchy melodies, aggressive instrumentation and sarcastic wit.