This Kickback article was written by Adam Stevenson, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson
It’s been a long, strange trip for Indie rockers, The Kickback. The four-piece originally from South Dakota, with Billy Yost at their helm, faced a relocation to the windy city of Chicago. The band has recently reshuffled its initial members and now is finally in position to release their first LP. Drummer/brother Danny leaving to pursue other interests allowed Ryan Farnham of Catfish Haven fame to fill his boots and complete the band’s current line-up with the additions of Craigslist-found bassist Eamonn Donnelly and guitarist Jonny Ifergan, so that they could create and release ‘Sorry All Over The Place’.
A lot of bands refuse to be pigeonholed but not many seem to prove it in the way The Kickback have with their debut album. Billy himself has described the band as “the Zombies listening to Jeff Buckley listening to a moderately-talented church choir listening to The Beatles in the ‘back to basics’ stage of their career who would stay together long enough to be influenced by the Sales Brothers who wound up backing Iggy Pop in the ‘Berlin era.'”
And he’s not wrong… The band kicks off with ‘Sting’s Teacher Years’, a ’90s-styled indie rock track but very much in the vein of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ ‘American Girl’ with a Smashing Pumpkins darkened edge. It’s raspy, sharp and carves a crooked arrow in the sand daring you to follow.
‘Scorched Earth Brouhaha’ punches in with a Zeppelin-esque sound before fading into something more light and crisp. It’s restless; it switches gears and stutters and starts like an offering by Teenage Fanclub. It’s catchy and annoyingly good.
Seemingly inspired by David Lynch and his superbly weird Twin Peaks, ‘White Lodge’ is a homage to Dale Cooper and his dishevelled experience in the Black Lodge. The song is a haunting effort and bustling with nerves, perhaps slightly overindulgent in its length at close to 5 minutes, but there’s enough choppy, smoky guitar and swift drum beats to justify itself as a mammoth track.
‘Sorry All Over The Place’ is by no means perfect, but The Kickback serve up a late ’80s/early ’90s indie rock sentimentality with clearly identifiable influences and leave you tapping your fingers to the beat like two fleshy drumsticks. Good show Sirs, good show.
‘Sorry All Over The Place’ – Available now via Jullian Records.