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What were The Only Children to do after a hellish six-week U.S. tour that featured a dysfunctional school bus and rendered frontman Josh Berwanger thousands of dollars in the hole? For the guitarist, vocalist, and founder of the Lawrence, Kansas-based outfit, he did the only thing he could: Berwanger cut his losses and mothballed the shop, boarding up the band’s metaphorical doors and windows.

The release of The Only Children’s striking sophomore effort, Keeper of Youth, finds Berwanger with hammer in hand, prying off the nails and re-opening for business. With a new batch of material, new roster and new vitality, The Only Children are poised and primed to give it another go.

Created by Berwanger during his final days as a member of indie-rock act The Anniversary, The Only Children came about from the sheer necessity to move forward with his ideas and creations. “The Anniversary broke up, and I think started practicing about five minutes after we broke up,” says Berwanger. “Staying in The Anniversary was one of those things where I had no idea what was going on in my life at that time — I had been doing that for so long that I didn’t want to fully quit it and didn’t want to fully be in it.”

With his musical heart finally in the right location, Berwanger and The Only Children recorded their debut effort, Change of Living, which was released on Glurp in 2004. Shortly after the album’s release, the band embarked on its ill-fated tour.


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  • mklinsao

    Amen Amen. Damn good song.

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mklinsao

    You guys are really, really good!

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • uglyd0g

    Love this group. Can't wait for more stuff.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ollr

    nah i'm not hatin they're okay i guess

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ollr

    white flight is so much better (i can tell just from this band pic)

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • i_own_u

    Saw them in Philly with Portugal. The Man. Loved them from their first song! =]

    23 Oct 2007 Reply
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  • intricid

    great band. they were awesome live! they are playing some shows with Meat Puppets. I bought both their cds there, they were some cool dudes.

    3 Sep 2007 Reply
  • xblakeyoung

    love it. can't wait for the new album.

    13 Apr 2007 Reply
  • jsnltt

    Amazing Band. Josh Berwanger is an incredible artist. If you get the chance to see this band do at all costs.

    30 Jan 2007 Reply
  • metr0b0t

    This is an incredible band. If you enjoyed Your Majesty from the Anniversary, you should be able to get into this. It's definitely a logical progression from the sound of that album. Its a little more fleshed out, and in my opinion a very unexpected improvement. LISTEN!

    24 Dec 2006 Reply

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