Kid Lunch is the artist name of Joshua Malinsky, a founding member of hard-rock band Poledo and frequent bandmate of artists such as Hayden and Howie Beck on various instruments/albums/tours around the turn-of-the-century. After releasing his first solo record as Kid Lunch, Malinsky performed a few shows using friends/members of Broken Social Scene as bandmates, and then exiled himself into the wilderness for over fifteen years.
He just released the lead single from his upcoming album, which will be his first release in 20 years. “Before It’s Over” is a guitar-driven rock track with lyrics about living in the moment that represents Kid Lunch’s growth.
Make sure to check out the new single and read our interview with Kid Lunch below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your latest single, “Before It’s Over”?
Musically, it just flowed fairly instantly, which it often does for me.
Musical inspiration comes from a place I don’t know too much about; I
just need to clear my mind and let my feelings out through playing. The
core of the song came together in about 10 minutes, while the melodies
and instrument parts followed closely behind. It was one of those songs
that just came together on its own.
I’ve never been a fan of writing lyrics, they’ve never come easy, and
finding inspiration to write them is generally difficult for me.
Musically, I knew I wanted this to be the lead track on the new record
and also my first “single”, so I put extra pressure on myself to make
sure the first words I sang in twenty years were somewhat meaningful. So
I considered writing about my approach to life these days and went with it.
How has your community contributed to your success?
It’s just absolutely essential to make yourself part of a community /
find the musical community where you live/create. It can be difficult
with so many genres and artists, but there are many people truly
interested in art and eager to help/support (other) artists. If you have
good art/music, there are people who truly want to help you share it.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Accept that you are a musician in spite of / despite any success or lack
of success. It is extremely unlikely that any money will flow your way
via music, so learn to be truly content with playing and feeling music
for its own sake and pleasures. You’re a musician because you were born
a musician, not because you’re looking for a cool career.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Music always comes before dreaded lyrics, and I take a bunch of
different approaches. Usually I try to start with a single idea – a
genre/drum-beat I haven’t used before but have always liked, or even
with an idea of the BPM I want, and then pick up my guitar without
looking at it, or let my fingers move without concentrating – just try
to catch a melody or song that is out there in the ether waiting to be
caught. If I’m thinking about making music or “trying to write a song”,
I will not succeed.
How did it feel when you released this new music?
I felt proud that I was able to create and release relevant music at a
time in my life without compromising my ability to be a good father and
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
I wouldn’t be upset if Sonic Youth reformed and asked me to take over
Mark Ibold’s “fifth member” role, which should have been mine in the
What first got you interested in music?
It’s moved me since I was a child, watching Soul Train on TV and
listening to my parents’ record collection.
Thanks for listening!