Pool Kids on finding a fan in Paramore’s Hayley Williams, the joy of alternate tunings and making math rock accessible

Pool Kids perform live
(Image credit: Cameron Feuerstein)

While Florida-born Pool Kids might have started out as a duo of multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Christine Goodwyne and drummer Caden Clinton, their size (and notoriety) has only swelled. Completed by guitarist Andy Anaya and bassist Nicolette Alvarez, the foursome fuse together fan-favourite math and art rock familiarities.

From their respective homes on the West Coast, Ernie Ball Music Man-toting guitarists Christine and Andy dial in to talk custom ear rigs, making math-rock accessible and why they won’t be sad to say goodbye to patch cable chaos on their pedalboards.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.