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The Kicks
Hello Hong Kong
TVT Records
www.thekicks.net


The Kicks are the latest of the 'The' bands to jump on the garage power pop train. So, what sets the moppy haired quartet apart from The Strokes, The Hives, or The Vines? In all honesty, besides a better vocalist, tighter harmonies and more complex guitar riffs, not much. Despite the adolescent penned lyrics they share with their contemporaries, the Arkansas boys do stand out as unique as they incorporate shades of 80's new wave by way of The Cars catchy keyboard hooks. The Kicks aren't afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves as they borrow heavily from Cheap Trick, The Clash and Nirvana. While The Kicks have an obvious affinity for LA Punk they soften the blow by replacing angst with optimism. Hello Hong Kong - the bands' TVT debut - was partially recorded in Butch Vig's Smart Studio with producer Doug Colson (Dwarves, L7, Remy Zero). The result of the collaboration is an upbeat, poppy and playful celebration full of good-natured and non-threatening narratives. Although seven songs were taken from the band's debut, The Kicks, they were treated with the trademark Vig glossy makeover for a radio friendlier sound.

The Kicks may not be political, complex, or socially motivated but they are dreadfully amusing and extremely fun.

-Tony Englehart

Track Listing:

1. Radar
2. What Do I Have To Do
3. Satellite
4. 12 Steps
5. MIR
6. The Exorcist
7. Pop Star Radio Crown
8. Bomb
9. Pretty One
10. Pill
11. Ninety Nine
12. Jet

Check out a track from The Kicks' newest record:

12 Steps
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