Joe Young & Carol Young are the heart and soul of the group, The Young Kidz, often performing as a duo.
Joe Young draws from decades of experience, performing not only his own compositions, but also entertains as he brings a most extensive repertoire to the group. An impressive collection that spans genres and generations. Joe is a singer songwriter from the midwest, who plays Martin and Washburn acoustic, as well as Fender and Gibson electric guitars.
Carol Young, born in Lodi, California, began taking piano lessons in grade school, and has always loved music and dance. Carol began playing the bass guitar in 2014. She has become a lifetime member of the SBL Academy, where she continues her studies and contribution to the trade. Carol sings lead and harmony vocals and plays Fender Precision Fretless and Ibanez Fretless basses.
To listen: http://josephmichaelyoung.com/gig
Zoe Boekbinder opens her mouth, and the voice that comes out is ageless, beautiful, heartbreaking and wise. Zoe looks so young, and so innocent. I think she kidnapped a marvellous singer from long ago Paris, and stole her voice. It's the only explanation." - Neil Gaiman
"Zoe is a real person with human parents, but it's tempting to imagine her springing from the pen of Astrid Lindgren. From a childhood spent vagabonding between the United States and Canada with her family (sporting red galoshes regardless of the weather) to the resourceful use of feedback loops when musical collaborators aren't in town, she has carved out an entirely unique space and sound, and may be Oakland's answer to Bjork. Like the former Sugarcube, Boekbinder is an unusual first listen, but let the sound warm in your headphones and you'll find some perfectly caramelized pop nuggets.
At first listen, Darling Specimens' eclecticism threatens to take over: I kept expecting Tiny Tim to leap out of the closet. But Boekbinder's lyrics are witty, and some of the arrangements are little feats of architecture. The looped vocals, finger-snap percussion, and cash-register dings of "Seven Times" are cushioned and undergirded with keyboards.
Boekbinder's inventive production made me lose my own personal game of "Stop--hey! What's that sound?" again and again. The theremin-like "oohs" and "woos" backing Boekbinder singing about stretching intestines into strings to wrap around "Hollow Bones"? Turns out it was a saw. The oom'pahs and beeps that sounded like synthesizers? A brassy trio of trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Add Boekbinder's triply vibrato vocals and clever lyrical slant, and you've got a mighty rich gumbo to digest. To Listen: http://www.zoeboekbinder.com/listen
Phantom Tides - an artist out of Oakland