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“Buoyed by a drummer, two basses and Sullivan rocking a voice-distorting talk box, their music is staticky synthrock with insistent robotic grooves in the vein of ‘80s funk pioneers Zapp, futuristic electro pioneers Devo and dance-punk faves Crystal Castles and the Faint.” – Alternative Press

“Also, we have a really good opening band called Kid Is Qual, as in “quality”. It’s two basses players and a drummer and they play talkboxes like Roger Troutman and Zapp talkboxes, so we have a really killer opening band. We usually don’t have opening bands with us on tour, but these guys are special”. – Mickey Melchiondo aka Dean Ween – 12/28/11

“Jonathan Dr.J Sullivan has traded in the hammer n’ strings of his former outfit, Jack’s Mannequin, for Kid Is Qual’s pair of basses and a drum set. The combo may puzzle fans at the onset, but skipping the guitar seemed to be Sullivan’s next logical step…..and while KIQ’s funky beats are party-ready, don’t mistake the talkbox – which the band uses to produce robotic sounding vocals – as an easy way out of singing” – Alternative Press Magazine #285 (“Top 100 Bands You Need To Know” Issue)

“Kid Is Qual is the last band you’d expect to feature a former member of Jack’s Mannequin, and that’s a beautiful thing. The electro-rock group features onetime Jack’s bassist Jonathan Sullivan and Mike Bryant as….another bassist? Yup. With Sullivan on lead bass, Bryant on rhythm bass, and Chris McClish pounding drums, the group’s product is supremely signature.” – Purevolume.com