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8kids was formed in 2013 by Hans Koch and Jonas Jakob, both being vocalists and guitarists in the band, who previously played in local underground bands in Darmstadt. A short time later Emma McLellan became the band's drummer.

On March 26, 2016 the band signed a contract with music distributor Melodie der Welt and concert agency Ever Ever Management. The band signed a label contract with Austrian metal label Napalm Records a month before signing to Melodie der Welt. In April the band released their first music video for the song Alles löst sich auf (engl. Everything Dissolves) which premiered at the homepage of German music magazine Visions. 8kids released their debut EP Dämonen (Demons) at the end of the same month. In August of 2016 the band performed at Olgas-Rock in Oberhausen, Northrhine-Westfalia.

The band toured alongside To the Rats and Wolves in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic. Short after the release of the debut album Denen die wir waren (Who We Were) the band toured Germany again as headliner with support of German metal band Anorak. In the September and October the same year another tour throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland followed, this time supporting German rock act Van Holzen.

In January and February of 2018 the band toured Germany again. 8kids spend the summer performing at several music festivals including With Full Force, Mini-Rock, EselRock and Hurricane Festival.

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