The Kickback are a Chicago-based rock band that have clearly studied their indie rock history. Their extremely competent, catchy debut effort, Sorry All Over The Place (the catchphrase of my life) belies how nimbly the group is able to transition from ballad, to Smashing Pumpkins-esque rock outbursts, to extended instrumental jams. They are all over the place, sure, but they don’t need to apologize.
Stream The Kickback’s album above and see if you can piece together all the multifarious influences that the group so clearly has. If you hear some traces of Spoon throughout the record, you might attribute that to the Austin band’s drummer Jim Eno helming the production here. After sending some demos to the Spoon member on a whim, he decided to take the up-and-comers under his wing. That initiative paid off in spades–the album turns sharp corners–and while this might be a trap for new bands, the production remains consistently tight and consistent, despite changes in tone.
As a huge Twin Peaks fan, my favorite cut on here is “White Lodge”, which is chiefly about Agent Cooper trying to navigate the sordid mystical realm of the Black Lodge. Burrowed deep under harrowing, nerve fraying guitar phrases, frontman Billy Yost sounds like he is also descending into Lynchian madness, yawping in the hope that someone sane hears him.
If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up Sorry All Over The Place when it hits digital and physical retailers on September 18 via Jullian Records.