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Deaton Chris Anthony is a multi-hyphenate, period. The Los-Angeles based trickster is a musician, a visual artist, a fashion designer. He’s produced for Charli XCX, Clairo and PinkPantheress, plus designed merch for her and collaborated with Vans. The dude is also a painter. On his website, among limited edition merch drops, he sells giant Blue Man group and Shaq rugs, and has made a rug collection for SSENSE. He translates that sense of humor, aesthetic sensibility, and play into his music, which is a caustic joy box of homemade beats, emo-tinged guitars, and pyrotechnic synth parts.
Deaton’s Dirty Hit debut, Sid the Kid, takes place in rural Kansas and follows a kid named Sid through some of the most confusing and best years of his life. On the record, we watch young Sid blow his hand off with a firework, go bowling, kiss, and watch his life come brilliantly into focus. These songs, in addition to being a surreal bildungsroman about a chubby kid named Sid, is a love letter to Kansas, where Deaton grew up. It’s also a love letter to his older brother, Korbin, who taught young Sid (Deaton’s nickname growing up) all about emo music. When we chat, Deaton recalls memories of blasting Dashboard Confessional, top down in a convertible, while driving through miles of big sky and fields that stretched seemingly forever. That’s translated here, on Sid the Kid, where Sid worships his older brother and learns about the world through him. It also comes through in the record’s sonics: this is Deaton’s first release centered around guitars. It’s imbued with the big feelings that come from emo music as well as the trashy glitz and glam that was indie sleaze.
To make the record, Deaton enlisted some friends. His buddy Julian Klincewicz helped conceive Sid the Kid’s visual universe. His neighbor Mac Demarco plays bass and drums on a song, and also turned him on to some old-school recording techniques that gives Sid the Kid such an unmistakably naughties vibe. Ultimately, Sid the Kid is some of Deaton’s most intimate music to date. It’s funny (Deaton is always funny), but it also breaks your heart, makes you bop your head. It has an extreme lust for life.