"A way back to youth," replies frontman/songwriter Steven Kaiser when asked to describe Children Having Children. "Atomic rock."
Steeped in equal parts rock & roll, alternative, and post-everything, then stirred with the orchestral ambitions of the cinema and sweetened with noise, CHC likes to do as they please in an attempt to pay homage to the legacy of great songwriting. Kaiser sees the band as "the outlet for things I can't say any other way. There's a density, a symmetry, an inevitability to our music -- tension and release with a deceptive ability to explode at any moment."
The current lineup includes drummer Matthew Lauritsen, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Deeter, and bassist Matt Heymann. Lauritsen brings his Asbury Park sensibility and genre-bending jazz/funk/drum-and-bass influences to his dynamic drumming, as heard in previous bands like Dialect, BAS&ko, and Casey Bowen Band. Deeter mans an extensive palette of sounds from behind his keyboards, and his solo live looping project chawps finds him wearing all the hats while his other jazz//jam/electronic bands find him playing drums, guitar, or anything else he can get his hands on. When he's not behind the lens in his day job as a cinematographer, Heymann handles the low end for the band with a visceral approach to the bass developed during his time in the alt-rock outfit Madcap Radio and the rockabilly band The Bothers.
Along with a slew of shows to reveal this powerful new lineup, 2017 will mark the beginning of a series of EP releases that show Children Having Children in their current restless and raucous state. These will be the first recordings since the band delivered its critically-inflamed debut album Mice in late 2014. Following two warmup EPs (Flush and Children Having Children), Mice featured guest appearances by Terry Moore of The Parlour Tricks, Elijah Miller of Hawk and Dove, and Rob Van Sader of Habits. The album's artwork also showcased the photography of frequent collaborator David A. Palatsi.
Kaiser adds, "We live in the greatest city in the world and look forward to conveying that excitement to you, our fateful…ahem, faithful listeners. Thank you for your patronage in these trying times." Stay tuned to childrenhavingchildren.com for news, music, tour dates, and other off-color remarks.