Pool Kids surprise release split EP with their hardcore alter-egos POOL (listen)

Pool Kids have surprise-released a split EP with their hardcore alter-egos POOL, who first surfaced as an April Fool's joke with a two-song charity single in 2019 (and whose name jokingly and lovingly references Code Orange dropping "Kids" from their name when they got heavier). The Pool Kids side has alternate versions of two songs from last year's excellent self-titled album ("Talk Too Much" and "Arm's Length") and an outtake from those sessions, "No Stranger." The POOL side has three caustic metallic hardcore ragers that are way too sick to be an April Fool's joke.

Speaking about "No Stranger," singer/guitarist Christine Goodwyne says, "It turned out sounding absolutely up to the standards of the rest of our self-titled record. We’re so happy this song found a way to live independently and to serve as a bookend for this whole record’s lifecycle." It's a slow, clean, climactic song that shows off a much different side of Pool Kids than their charged-up emo-pop, and it's just as great for entirely different reasons. Listen:

Pool Kids also have a tour with Sydney Sprague and Chase Petra starting in July, including Brooklyn's Sultan Room on 7/29. They're also opening some dates for Soccer Mommy and they play Riot Fest and The Fest.

Pool Kids were also added to the NYC stop of The Mountain Goats' tour, which happens on August 4 at Pier 17. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, both of Pool Kids' upcoming tourmates released new songs today too. Chase Petra released "Soapy Water" and Sydney Sprague" released "Overkill" from her just-announced album Somebody In Hell Loves You, due September 15 via Rude Records. Check out both of those too:

Pool Kids -- 2023 Tour Dates
Thu 6 July - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
Fri 7 July - Mahall's - Lakewood, OH
Sat 8 July - The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
Sun 9 July - X-Ray Arcade - Cudahy, WI
Tue 11 July - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Wed 12 July - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
Fri 14 July - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
Sat 15 July - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Sun 16 July - The Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
Tue 18 July - Mohawk - Austin, TX
Wed 19 July - Andy's Bar - Denton, TX
Fri 21 July - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Sat 22 July - Hooch and Hive - Tampa, FL
Sun 23 July - Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
Mon 24 July - New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
Tue 25 July - Canal Club - Richmond, VA
7.26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
7.28 - Philadelphia, PA - Ukie Club
7.29 - Brooklyn, NY - The Sultan Room
7.30 - Boston, MA - Crystal Ballroom
8.1 - Washington, D.C. - Songbyrd
8.4 - New York, NY - The Rooftop at Pier 17 w/ The Mountain Goats
8.5 - Nashville, TN - The End
8.7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Listen Lawn Outdoor Stage *
8.8 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room *
8.9 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre *
8.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Rino
8.12 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
9.16 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
10.27-10.29 - The Fest - Gainesville, FL

* supporting Soccer Mommy

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