UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Right On, Kid! – ‘On The Brighter Side Of Things’

Right On Kid

Drawing influence from pop-punk mainstays like Blink-182 and The Ataris, Right On, Kid! are sure to appeal to even the most hopeless romantic. Unapologetic and brimming with energy, the New Mexico five-piece have a knack for huge hooks and smart lyrics, making for a fitting summer soundtrack that’s more than worthy of repeat listens.

The band recently sat down to give us all the details behind the writing of their debut EP, On The Brighter Side Of Things, which dropped late last week and has since been on constant rotation around UTG HQ. Check it out after the jump, and pick up a copy for yourself here.


“Twice Told”

We wrote this song with the idea about being the underdog and being the person who everyone thinks is different, and going through all those rough times being the outcast, to one day getting to better times.



This song is really about a girl and the struggles of a breakup, and thinking back to better days when life wasn’t so complicated—thinking back to when you were 16 years old and carefree.


“Blackridge Drive”

This was the first song we wrote as a band. We wrote it as high school sophomores, and have been working on it ever since. It’s about going back to a time and place that makes you happy, and being able to keep that place close to you. Everything around us was changing, and we wanted to write a song that explained how we reacted to the ongoing change in our lives.


“Excuse Me If This Gets Loud”

This was another early song we wrote together. It’s about growing up and the struggle that comes with it. We wanted to write a song that touched on how easy it is to screw up as a dumb kid, but at the same time how it didn’t seem worth it to try and grow up.


“Sudden Change”

I (Eli Shinn) wrote this song with Nick about a bad breakup. It’s really describing how I felt to be dumped by my long-time online girlfriend (yeah, I know, I was an angsty and anti-social teen) and it sort of expresses the anger I held towards her at the time. I suppose I could go further into this but I feel that sums it up fairly well.

Kyle Florence
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