Kid Millions: 5 Unstoppable Jams Featuring Oneida’s Superhuman Drummer

On the eve of the release of Oneida’s masterful Romance last month, word came through that the long-running experimental rock group’s drummer John Colpitts (who plays under the name Kid Millions) had been in a serious car accident. Fortunately, John is expected to make a full recovery, but medical bills are mounting, and Thrill Jockey has set up a GoFundMe page to help out. Give what you can. For more than two decades Kid Millions has proved himself one of the underground’s most exploratory/explosive musicians, both technically adept and open to all kinds of approaches. No matter what the context, he’s always finding new and exciting rhythmic possibilities. The dude is very prolific, as well. For just a small taste of what the Kid been up to recently, check out a few highlights released in the past year or so.

Charnel Ground - The High Price: An inspired team-up of Kid, Yo La Tengo’s James McNew and guitarist Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), Charnel Ground’s debut finds this power trio locking in and blasting off. “The High Price” is a total rager, with Brokaw wreaking glorious havoc above Kid and McNew’s propulsive rhythms for 10 unstoppable minutes. Crank it.

Charnel Ground by Charnel Ground

Oneida - Lay of the Land: Romance, Oneida’s latest double LP, is packed with stellar moments, as the band explores some subtler, but no less gripping zones. “Lay of the Land” is a kosmische wonder, transporting the listener with shifting/drifting textures, driven by Kid’s tensely hypnotic groove.

Romance by Oneida

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