I was immediately struck when first listening to Chicago outfit The Kickback’s new single “White Lodge,” the lead single off of their full-length debut, Sorry All Over The Place, out September 18 via Jullian Records. I had entered into some metaphorical bet wherein I would have to place the physical origins of the band, I’d be a broke ass fool shaking his fist at the Union Jack.
Comprised of Billy Yost (vocals, guitar), Eamonn Donnelly (bass), Jonny Ifergan (guitar), and Ryan Farnham (drums), The Kickback have incorporated a litany of different influences into their sound and message. They cite Hunter S. Thompson, post-post-modernism, an inflated sense of self-importance, large families, David Foster Wallace, The Wire, big sounds and then quiet sounds, David Lynch, harmonies, Michael Keaton, and entitlement, as their conceptual inspirations.
Following their buzz-garnering previous releases and opening for acts like White Rabbits, Smith Westerns, Here We Go Magic, Tapes ‘n Tapes, and Telekinesis, The Kickback sent demos to Spoon’s Jim Eno who responded and invited them down to his Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, TX to record.
“We spent three weeks sleeping body to body to body to body. It was like trauma bonding,” says Yost. “We bonded together through making a lot of sacrifices, working hard, and navigating everyone’s feelings to make something we all feel really good about.”
So back to that “White Lodge” song I was talking about which was inspired by Twin Peaks. The underlying tension pulls in all different directions as undulating elements set up several significant shifts. This allows The Kickback to move the emotional arc of the song on a dime and gives Yost’s resonant howl an atmosphere to cry out from. Straight up, “White Lodge” is a special track regardless of the context.
Stream the latest from The Kickback below and look for Sorry All Over The Place later this September.