With Children, the story begins in 2004, when a vacationing Jonny Olssin met up with Skyler Spohn in Los Angeles at a punk house called Death Camp. The two decided to start a band for ten days called Twisted Wasted with some other guys living at the house, and borrowed jammables. Long after the project was put to rest, and respective paths led back to Vancouver for Olssin and San Diego for Spohn (“I was living on the beach in San Diego. It was boring and I didn’t even learn how to surf”), the guys decided to give up on their respective paths and head east. Olssin broke up S.T.R.E.E.T.S. and decamped to NYC, and traded up from his skateboard to guitar. It was on the Lower East Side where they met up with Adam Bennati while DJing at Motor City, and set up in the basement of Cake Shop at night, after the bands had finished, to “give birth” to Children.
With Hard Times Hanging At The End Of The World, produced by Joe Blaney (whose hundreds of credits include the Clash’s Combat Rock), the band tracked the songs live at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, on all-analog gear and 2″ tape for a truly thick, punishing, and fluid sound. “Since they made me track nine-minute runs live, with zero drum edits, it was near torture to nail it,” mentions Bennati. Asked about the experience, Jonny adds, “When making a record, it’s so easy to go overboard. So we just set out to capture what we sound like live, with a few more bells and whistles. I feel like so much modern music loses its honesty. It’s so easy to edit your shit to sound perfect. Just play it live, leave the mistakes and the swings in time and keep it loose”