Kid Cornered is the work of Matt Toohey, with a whole lotta help this time around from Emma Hoy. The Kid started out as chief songwriter for influential Sydney band Browning who released two mini-albums and tipped their hats to their heroes - Crow, These Immortal Souls, and the Dirty Three. Eventually, they fought their way to their last show, their album launch for And the ghosts... supporting for Browning that night and playing their debut show was the Woods Themselves - in which the Kid just happened to be a guitarist/vocalist. He also later joined the inimitable blues/rock band El Mopa.
July 2007 sees the release of Kid Cornered's new self-titled album. Recorded with Emma Hoy (The Rebel Astronauts, El Mopa) in a house cum studio in Petersham, it sees the Kid branch out into a bigger and more diverse sound than his previous records. The songs are more varied and feature some brilliant playing (see guitar on tightrope, ac/dc), psychedelic production (diamond dog), and fractured, abstract lyrics that see him still reeling, still coming from the shadows. At times, the layered arrangements are dark, rich, and beautiful, a unique mix of old and new. The record was mixed at Megaphon Studio in St. Peters and Mastered at Sterling Sound in New York.
In late 2005, the Kid released the bare-bones Six Sisters record on Heavy Records:
"Toohey’s ability writing innocent and unadorned alt-country that’s more blues than rock is a gift, a beautiful pause button on an increasingly superficial existence" - Oz Music Project website.
"a poignant journey that works seamlessly from beginning to end, unraveling a musical history and emotional awareness that rarely features in a current musical context" **** The Brag.
"a charming collection of concise, intelligent and intimate songs" - Australian Skateboarding Magazine.
"the perfect balance of sparseness and warmth" ***1/2 Rolling Stone