Tim and the Space Cadets
A new band on the kindie scene proves that breaking up isn't always hard to do.
Thu Sep 16 2010
Tim and the Space Cadets on the Park Slope set of the "Superhero" music video
Rock & roll history is littered with sideman departures. Kids' music? Not so much, which makes Tim Kubart and Matt Puckett's story all the more intriguing. In 2009 the pair bid an amicable farewell to popular NYC band the Jimmies to launch Tim and the Space Cadets.
To the pop-attuned ear, the Cadets' five-song debut EP, The Greatest Party Ever, may sound familiar. That's no accident. Kubart says he and Puckett "set out to achieve a Jimmy Eat World level of catchy power pop that pleases five-year-olds as well as their 15-year-old siblings."
Before hitting the kindie scene, Kubart pursued a career as an actor—which he continues today with roles like Spencer on the Teen.com sitcom Haute & Bothered, a soap-style drama about students at a fashion-design school. The Cadets followed Kubart's lead and turned to the Internet when they were ready to release their first music video, "Superhero." The emo-tinged track benefits from bandmember Chris Larkin's pristine guitar licks and ethereal female harmonies from keyboardist Kim Davis and drummer Gabby Arciero. The video presents the cape-clad band in glorious high-def, allowing their squeaky-clean look to win kids over as the choral hook gets stuck in their little noggins.
Even without visual accompaniment, the album is catchy from start to finish. On the synth-rock jam "New Game," lines like "I don't know where to kick the ball, how to get a point, or what that means," will have little ones nodding along. And the wistful, ukulele-strummed "When I Grow Up" proves that the high-energy Space Cadets can also travel to the tender side of the kiddie universe with winsome aplomb.