Kidlat Punch


Ever since high school, the idea of starting a band had been something of folklore for friends Alex, Chris, and Josh. It wasn’t until years later that the three reunited on UT-Austin’s campus and met Olivia — current bassist — in a theater organization. The group spent every theatrical practice talking about their favorite bands and how cool it would be to start one of their own. Eventually, all of the talking turned into reality with the start of Kidlat.

The band’s sloppy spin on indie rock paired with their coming-of-age punk-rock mannerisms manifested itself into their debut EP … if only we could here them. The very personal and story driven EP is compiled of songs that describe different moments in each member’s life, or aspects of their personalities that they want to change.

These unique elements remain prevalent as Kidlat released two new songs with their friends in The Smile Bunch on The Bunch Punch EP. “Lavender” and “Foxpaws” each take turns expressing anxiety over major life changes, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and fighting the inevitable.

Kidlat is working on their next album, but – until then – enjoy their songs from The Bunch Punch EP here.


Alex Villarreal

Josh Palacios

Chris Tacderas

Olivia DeBeck







“The [new] songs are fantastic, each occupying the ragged, poppy musical territory the band marked for their own this summer on their debut EP, “…if only we could hear them.” They experiment with new grooves, tempos and dynamics in a way that sounds both deliberate and confident, like gunning the engine down an empty stretch of highway. Nobody can say where that highway will go, but if Kidlat Punch are on it, chances are it’s a road worth taking.”

Orange Magazine



a3552617181_2Kidlat/The Smile Bunch — The Bunch Punch EP

2016 | We’re Trying Records

...if only we could hear them

Kidlat — …if only we could here them

2015 | Independent Release