Wednesday, December 30, 2009
On the Corner: Kick Kick, Zen and the Art of Not Fucking Around
You'd better get on the bandwagon now because Kick Kick is going to be huge. One day you're gonna hear these guys on the radio (people still listen to the radio?) or see them on MTV (people still watch that?) and say, you know, that Stacks dude was right. These four guys from Johnson County can't be stopped. After a full summer of shows which found them playing on rooftops and opening for American Idol David Cook, Kick Kick is quickly making a name for themselves as the perfect pop conscience of north east Kansas.
"The summer has been great," says guitarist JB Kick. "We're on a totally different level of performing now. "
Known for their outlandish and highly energetic stage show, Kick Kick has been on a constant mini tour of the area since the release of their brilliant debut album, Powerplay, which is a perfect blend of modern sensibility and '60s pop principles.
"We've received some rave reviews and some confused reviews," Kick continues. "The confused ones are funny and they aren't negative. The critics just don't know what to make of us."
Powerplay is a bit of a shock at first listen. Hooked around the band's idea of "boss", Kick Kick's music is catchy and poppy, but not in a catchy, poppy way. It's revolutionary, but not political. Most importantly, Kick Kick's musical philosophy adheres to the basic truth of rock and roll: it's so much fun it should be illegal. Which is why all those people got so pissed about Elvis back in the day, and why critics are confused by Kick Kick today.
"We want our music to do for people what "Louie, Louie" or "The Bird is the Word" did," Kick says.
"It is our intention to redefine what music for the masses is."
As the band continues their crusade to save the soul of rock 'n roll, their own evolution continues as well.
"We made Powerplay without having ever played a show," Kick says, which is amazing.
"When we started playing shows we quickly realized that we are something like a hard garage punk band. Our live sound is very different than the sound on that album."
As the band evolves, they also grow up. Kick Kick recently hosted a benefit concert in St Joseph, MO for the local Second Harvest Food Bank.
"We want to get in the habit of putting on at least one charity event a year," Kick says.
"St Joseph was chosen because myself and Star Boss were both born there and we had heard some disturbing statistics about the number of hungry children, seniors, and families in St Joe."
And in the future?
"Next year it's all about taking it to the next level," Kick says. "We want to get into the big festivals, go on a real tour. We're making a music video or two, or three. And we're going to sell a little over 5 million copies of our record."
Good luck, guys.