A group effort

By on December 25, 2009

Local band to play Chicago’s Metro Jan. 2
by Ben Draper
ELBURN—The band Kid, You’ll Move Mountains could be considered a second-chance.

After enjoying nationwide success in the band Troubled Hubble between the years of 2000-05, Kaneland High School graduates Nathan and Andrew Lanthrum took a hiatus from the rock world following a flurry of what can be considered extremely bad luck.

But karma has been kind to the brothers. They form the rhythm section (drums and bass guitar) of Kid, You’ll Move Mountains, who will play the historic Metro in Chicago Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. They will also appear on WGN’s Noon News on New Year’s Eve, and just released a new album that has been praised nationally and abroad.

At the end of 2005, the brothers’ band, Troubled Hubble, was signed to a record label out of California that was mired in a controversy that ultimately ended up losing the label multiple acts such as Green Day. The Troubled Hubble tour bus then exploded while the band was at a festival in New York City, stranding the band for weeks.

After calling it quits, the brothers entered the real world and got what Nathan called “real jobs.”

It wasn’t long before Nathan and Andrew, both originally from Elburn, got back on the musical horse.

With Nathan’s wife Nina—formerly of Sugar Grove and a Kaneland graduate herself—on keyboards and vocals, the brothers banded together with guitarist/vocalist Jim Hanke and guitarist Corey Wills to form Kid, You’ll Move Mountains.

The band recently released a new album, titled “Loomings,” that has received rave reviews, including being honored as the top Chicago release of 2009 by the Red Eye/Metromix.com earlier this month, and was No. 9 of the websites’ top 10 overall records of the year. Former Troubled Hubble member and Kaneland grad Josh Miller produced the album.

As a way to promote the Jan. 2, 2010, show at the Metro, all four bands performing are offering their albums free of charge to download at www.GreatestShowEver.com.

“We don’t feel like bands really work together anymore on a local level to promote each other’s music, so we’ve built that site and are playing this show to try to get as many people in front of each band in one of the greatest music venues that Chicago has to offer,” Nathan said.

The band is also offering free tickets to the Metro show by visiting www.GreatestShowEver.com, printing out the flier and arriving at the Metro before 9 p.m. Otherwise, tickets are $9 for the show, which is for anyone 18 years old and up.

Top photo: Kid, You’ll Move Mountains band members are (from left) Nina Lanthrum (vocals/keys), Jim Hanke (vocals/guitar), Nathan Lanthrum (drums), Andrew Lanthum (bass) and Corey Wills (guitar). The Elburn-based group features three Kaneland graduates, Nina (Jones) (1998), Nate (1998) and Andrew (2000). Courtesy Photo