There’s a double-meaning to Migrant Kids’ name. John Zakoor and Miguel Ojeda wanted to honor their respective mother and father, who were migrant workers for a time. Zakoor and Ojeda are kind of migrants, too, moving to Austin from Detroit a few years ago. It was here they teamed up with drummer Bryan O’Flynn, releasing an ambitious self-titled debut in 2013 that chronicled a breakup in concept-album form.
Migrant Kids are no less ambitious these days. This year saw the release of the synth-pop-inspired single “Thread” and a lengthy tour with fellow Austinites Bright Light Social Hour, and just last week, they received a $12,000 grant from the local music charity Black Fret. Migrant Kids’ recent live set in Studio 1A was a nice capstone on a banner year, and they’ve got even more planned for 2016. Download a live version of “Thread” below.