News: The Problem With Kids Today Release ‘All I Wanna Be’

Connecticut-based rock band The Problem With Kids Today just released a new single, “All I Wanna Be.” It’ll be the last one they release before their their debut album, Born To Rock, out February 9. There are three other tracks that have been released from the album: “Leather Jacket Blues,” “What Else Could I Say,” and “Speed Freak.”

The band formed in 2020 and are comprised of three members: frontman “The Great” Tate Brooks, Silas “The Slayer” Lourenco Lang, and “Rock N Roll” Reena Yu. They revisit the sounds and themes that were key to the ’70s whilst creating their own take on the matter. TPWKT provide a unique blend of their favorite genres: punk, power pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. They also put on a high-octane live show and have played countless gigs (including becoming one of New Haven’s highest regarded live acts).

This has led to them selling out venues such as Space Ballroom and Cafe 9. Earlier this year, the band was featured in a Pitchfork article about Verso Studios. Through this, they’ve become one of Christ Frantz’s (from Talking Heads and TomTom Club) favorite local bands. During the spring of 2023, they headed to the legendary Q Division Studios in Cambridge, MA to make their debut album. It was recorded by veteran indie producer, Adam Lasus.

Stream “What Else Could I Say” here.
Presave Born To Rock here.

Silas Lourenco Lang on “All I Wanna Be”:

“Taking cues from ’80’s jangle pop heroes, “All I Wanna Be” is a perfect showcase of what The Kids are capable of in the studio. The trio, flanked by a bombastic orchestra of synths, organs, and 12-string guitars, gallop through this hearfelt tune. Starting with a beautiful Chamberlain crescendo, crashing down immediately into a tight rhythm enveloped by the familiar arms of a 12-string Rickenbacker 360. An organ bubbles just underneath the surface, giving a backbone to the drone of Tate Brook’s rhythm guitar, while tambourines and acoustic guitars chit-chat in the background.

“The vocals, shouting from that place we all can recognize, a place of infatuation where it’s so easy to lose yourself but also see clearer than ever. The song itself acts as a much needed reprieve from the high-gain, high-intensity onslaught of the rest of the album, without stopping the momentum dead in its tracks. This is our fourth and final single from our debut album, Born To Rock. It continues to highlight the depth of creativity and musical acumen the band possesses, there’s a lot more fun to be had when our album releases on February 9th.”

Stream “All I Wanna Be” here.

The Kids have announced several east coast tour dates where they will be performing tracks off their new album. They have a hometown release show on February 9 at Cafe 9 in New Haven and will be playing shows in New York City, Wallingford, Connecticut, and more. Additional shows will be announced in the following weeks.

The Problem With Kids Today Tour Dates: 

February 9: New Haven, CT @ Cafe 9 (Record Release Show)
February 15: Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
February 17: New Haven, CT @ Three Sheets
March 20: New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
March 21: Kearny, NJ @ Jimmy’s Lounge
Marh 22: Cambridge, MA @ Cantab Lounge
March 23: Providence, RI @ News Cafe


Born To Rock Tracklist:
1. Rock Show
2 Johnny Rockets
3. What Else Could I Say
4. Leather Jacket Blues
5. Slobberknocker
6. Rip It Off
7. All I Wanna Be
8. Speed Freak
9. CEO
10. Good Grief
11. Bittersweet

Photo courtesy of The Problem With Kids Today

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