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Street Kid – The Human Effect [1992]

Country USA         

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Chad Parrott – Lead Guitars/Backing Vocals , Glenn Harr – Lead Vocals/Guitars/Harp , Dave Finley – Bass/Backing Vocals , Doug Laak – Drums/Backing Vocals , Dirt – Guitars/Backing Vocals

Tracks 01.Proud Man, 02.Victim of the Night, 03.Down by the River, 04.See It in Your Eyes (Acoustic Version)

Profile In the late 80s there were a lot of new bands in the US playing a sort of typical Mainstream melodic hard rock/party rock sound. Some of them enjoyed a lot of success, but thousands of good quality bands in this genre never made it that big and Street Kid was definitely one of those bands that never reached the big fame of similar bands.

Street Kid hailed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, been together since 1989, recorded some classy slice of melodic hard rock songs and had a good streak going up until 1993, when they decided to try some different things for themselves. Previous to that, the band was called “Eclipse” featured Glenn Harr on vocals and Dave Finley on bass, but in 1988 they went through a major change and hired Chad Parrott on lead guitar and Kurt Boyd on rhythm guitar right out of high school. About two years into that line-up, the band hired Doug Laak to replace Dave Petersen on drums when they got the call that they were to be produced by Bill Grabowski, best known for his early work with Bon Jovi (including co-writing the song “Secret Dreams” off the band’s multi-platinum selling 7800 Fahrenheit), who spent a week with the band at Milwaukee’s AD Studios recording material for submission to the interested labels. In April, on the strength of their original material, they were picked to be one of eight bands in the entire Midwest to showcase for National Recording Company A&R reps, record producers, and music publishers in Detroit’s Alive & Kickin’ 1991 Conference.

In December 2011, the recording sessions were finally compiled into a 4-Song EP format, and made available for the first time. The result of those sessions ended up being known as “The Human Effect”. “Down by the River” and “Proud Man” were instant fan favorites and received much airplay from the local radio station. The band currently re-forming and begin collaborating and recording songs to be submitted for a new release in 2013.

As for their sound Street Kid delivers good old straight forward groove rock with a frayed blues edge that evokes comparisons with bands such as Aerosmith and Tesla, with plenty of guitar riffs, strong crispy front and backing vox and impressive choruses. Masters of walking the fine line between the aggressive edge and pop accessibility, this is a band that lives for their music without sacrificing professionalism and direction!!!

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Street Kid – The Human Effect [1992], 7.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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