In the alt music scene, it’s not uncommon for two artists to join forces for one big hit – examples include Vic Fuentes appearing on All Time Low’s “Love Like War” and Kellin Quinn hopping on Pierce The Veil’s “King For a Day.” This time, Kellin’s joining Karma Kids on “Nightmare” to energetically describe someone taking a turn for the worse.
“‘Nightmare’ is a dark track about forgetting who you are and harvesting the darkest corners of your consciousness into a power you can control,” Jon Benjamin of Karma Kids shares. Benjamin and Zaac Wesco formed the group in 2019 to explore the “emocore” genre, combining their love of genres like pop-punk, metalcore, and emo.
The same year, Kellin Quinn and his band Sleeping With Sirens released and toured their sixth studio album, How It Feels to Be Lost, as well as celebrating ten years as a band. Little did he know, his future collaborators were already big fans.
“The first time I saw Kellin perform, Sleeping With Sirens was a relatively unknown band,” Benjamin explains. “Watching their exponential growth and Kellin’s growth as a musician left me with a specific sound I wanted to see out of a vocalist. Finally getting to work with him just made everything really come in a full circle. I had a basic scratch track and he ran with it and fucking killed it!”
“Nightmare” is the second single from Karma Kids’ upcoming album, vibes., which is slated to come out in June. It follows “Nothing Left to Lose,” an open track the band released in January.
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