Last summer, I had a bit of a moment with Chicago-based rockers The Kickback and their standout single, “White Lodge.” It wasn’t too long after hitting publish on that initial piece that I started to see their name, deservedly, pop up more and more. It all came to a head when I was getting into a car to the beach when “White Lodge” came on WBJB.
So when the full length, Sorry All Over The Place, dropped in September, I was further enamored by how much more The Kickback had to offer in their authentically curious and fun explorations of varying styles. I’ve been waiting to see that name I had been seeing associated with some NYC dates, and this past Friday, the stars aligned.
Down in the basement of The Bowery Electric, The Kickback headlined a night that also featured NJ’s own Tall Days who turned in a rousing, heavy blues-rock inspired performance. Check out our review and stream Tall Days’ last EP here.
The Kickback came out on fire with all the nervous, wiry energy establishing an immediate sense of urgency that’s near impossible to fake. The dynamic between Billy Yost (vocals, guitar), Eamonn Donnelly (bass), Jonny Ifergan (guitar) and Ryan Farnham (drums) works wonderfully as they tackle pointed, biting examinations of the predetermined or the mundane and other larger existential dilemmas.
There’s really no pinning The Kickback down to one easy catch all genre description, especially live. Bursts of power-pop gave way to darker shoe-gaze sonics and vice versa as the quartet showcased their obvious chops devoid of cookie cutter pretensions. I’m sure the band will be back in the area and on a bigger stage sooner rather than later.
If you haven’t already, be sure to stream Sorry All Over The Place below and peep more of The Kickback’s upcoming tour dates as they trek down to SXSW here.