Hailing from Christchurch and the greater Canterbury region, Kentucky Fried Children was formed in late 2012 as a chance for Sammy Jay Dawson (Bass, Vocals), Jayden Bowley & Glen Dwyer (Guitar) to tip their hats to the Blues, R’nB and Southern Rock music that has inspired them.
Performing locally in a list of venues as varied as the artists they paid homage to, Kentucky Fried Children began to forge their own unique sound. Combining the styles of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, Chicago’s Chess Records, The British explosion, 70’s Classic & Southern Rock and the bands own love for a diverse range of contemporary artists such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine and Them Crooked Vultures.
The winter of 2013 saw the addition of Frazer Charlton on drums, as well as Kentucky Fried Children’s entry into The RDU Round-up, a Christchurch music competition hosted by the RDU radio station, in which the band would finish second place.
With the line-up secure, the four-piece began to write their own original music inspired by the Artists that had influenced them to play music together in the first place.
To date Kentucky Fried Children have grown from strength to strength, establishing themselves as one of Christchurch’s most outstanding acts, playing alongside artists including, Devilskin, Beastwars, Von Voin Strum, Ekko Park, Pieces of Molly and Skelter, as well as headlining a number of their own shows.