Today, Brevin Kim, formed of Brothers Cal and Bren Paulhus, share news of brand new forthcoming album High School Football out April. The announcement arrives alongside new single ‘The Poison’s The Weather’. ‘The Poison’s The Weather’ follows previous offerings ‘Ghost’, ‘Shoulder Blades’and ‘It Was Nice To See You’, ushering in a new era of intentionality and assurance for the duo.
‘The Poison’s The Weather’ expands on the themes established in the previous singles – an exploration of the pair’s complex relationship with the place that raised them. The track features a unique collaboration between Brevin Kim and their dedicated fanbase. The brothers asked fans in their Discord to send in recordings singing the song’s chorus, and stacked all their vocals together to make the uplifting outro. According to Brevin Kim, “The song is a metaphor for blaming your bad habits on your depression.” Although Cal and Bren examine tough topics surrounding mental health, they find that there is still hope to be found in the driving beat and the community they’ve built around their art;“we’ve always wanted to find a way to work with the people that support us and make this possible, so this is really special to us.”
High School Football promises to see Brevin Kim plough their vision forward, continuing to exist in the liminalties of genre, with the world-building of artists like Dijon, Paris Texas and Novo Amor as their North Star. Through this elevated era of visual and sonic storytelling, the band hope to encapsulate the duality of their relationship with their hometown – where moving away has both allowed them to scrutinise and shed ingrained ideologies, whilst simultaneously embracing the ways in which the psychogeography of their formative years continues to shape them.
Cultivating a dedicated underground following in Boston and beyond, Brevin Kim have built a strong creative network since their formation, with previous collaborators including Linkin Park legend Mike Shinoda, Dylan Brady of 100 gecs, songwriter and producer Graham Edwards (Avril Lavigne, Christina Liz Phair, Britney Spears), Lil West and Gabriel Black. Their 2022 project PAIN MUSEUM arrived as a cutting, cathartic exploration of discomfort and vulnerability. From futuristic rap beats and distorted 808s, to guitar led ballads with soaring hooks, the album aligned with the boundary breaking experimentation of 100 gecs and the genre-fluid approach to pop of acts like Charli XCX (who invited them to play her virtual clubnight). The record also featured viral-darling Curtis Waters, who in turn had Brevin Kim appear on his 2021 single ‘Bad Mood’. On High School Football, Brevin Kim continue to create in a way that feels borderless and undefined, this time holding a mirror to their past to set the tone for their future – the only constant being that they are not a version of anything, other than themselves.