The Kicks have a name that makes you think about garage rock bands like The Strokes, The Vines and The Hives but there?s not much in The Kicks music that has that garage rocking vibe.
They may have the same influences from bands like The Who, The Flaming Groovies and The Kinks but this kick ass quartet from Arkansas also has influences from Power pop bands like Cheap Trick and The Cars. What makes them interesting is their rough rocknroll mixed up with catchy pop arranged songs. A Cheap Trick fan like me takes this fine piece of work to my heart without thinking twice.
The first single "Mir" has a chorus that never will leave your head...... Cosmonaut,cosmonaut-I wanna be an Astronaut yoohoo, believe me on that one and another song that is a strong contender for the next single is "Pop Star Radio Crown" with a melody that is dead charming.
The rockers "Radar" and "What Do I Have To Do" should work just fine live because they feel great jumping around to, I also have to mention the Ric Ocasek smelling tunes "Satellite" and "Bomb" that both makes the cherry in this pie of an album.
8 songs are taken from their indie release from 2002 together with 4 newly written songs for this great record, one of those new ones is the britpop rocker "12 Steps"-the cream you need for this cherry pie!
The Kicks at Budokan!!, yeah they should do another studio album first but after that I can see a live album from Tokyo in my hands with this band, now I will leave you to discover this great band for yourselves.