Bang Bang Boom Cake

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Punk rock tweens are mad at the world, but clean.

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Positive Messages

Lyrics express a lot of righteous indignation about the world kids are inheriting -- expressed with powerful (if perhaps naive) intensity.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this band boasts an average age of 12 and, together, weigh less than one typical teenager. Their intense, punk-rock expressions of outrage over the world they are inheriting are visceral, powerful, and perhaps somewhat naive.

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What's the story?

If you believe all the press, two skinny tweens from Brooklyn have taken the U.K. by storm with their fresh-sounding, intense punk rock sound. Tiny Masters of Today are anything but shy as they express their opinions about many aspects of modern life in a collection of songs with lyrics that are clean enough for family listening, while simultaneously political, personal, immature, and world-weary.

Is it any good?

Tiny Masters of Today's chief operatives, Ada and Ivan, bring a "let's-throw-it-all-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks" sensibility to their music with very mixed results. Some of the songs burst with visceral energy, driven by strong rhythm tracks that almost always show up the other elements. Sturdy bass and drum work make the guitar sound a little tuneless and noodling by comparison, and the vocals like exactly what they are -- a couple of pre-teens cutting loose and having a terrific time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the hype and excitement surrounding Tiny Masters of Today. Do you think they'd be getting this much attention if they were older teens or young adults playing the same exact music? Is there something to be said for listening to artists with more finely-honed musical skills, or do Ada and Ivans' pure, raw energy carry the day?

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