Kids' guitarist Josiah Sampson suggested we meet for lunch at Fort Lauderdale's restaurant for the young and hip, Tap 42. He's well-coifed and dressed smartly in a fitted plaid shirt and jeans. His arms are covered in a web of colorful tattoos. One with thin, black, swirling lines seems to have particular importance. It says "faith" if you look at it one way and "truth" another. These words appear to be significant and recurring for both the guitarist and his band.
Sampson's personal story is deeply interwoven with the history he presents for Kids. With drummer Matthew Barrios, singer/bassist Joshua Diaz, and guitarist Christian Gonzalez, he pens inspirational indie rock with thoughtful lyrics sung over layers of ethereal melodies created using a mix of traditional and nontraditional rock instruments. Sampson's father's craft of choice is partly the reason the group is open to including sounds made by things like the shruti box, zither, and hammered dulcimer in its songs.
Just days before we met with the guitarist, his father, Erik the Flutemaker, was trending on Reddit.