THE KICKOUTS - The Kickouts (self released)
There is intelligent musical life on Sydney's northern beaches and it comes in the shape of a determinedly retro quintet with a harmonica player, no less. The Kickouts are caught in a time warp, but that's not necessarily a bad place to be.
This self-titled EP is pub blues rock by any other name but it's done well, if devoid of risk. Production is courtesy of the well-regarded Ryan Hazell and is attuned to a band who not only rock, but roll. Perhaps the band could have been persuaded to loosen up a little but you can't be too critical as they did ditch their original name, Radiophobia. Now there's a title that would have encouraged airplay...
Vocalist Otta has that classic pub rock range without straying into overblown air raid siren territory and he and the rest of The Kickouts proudly wear their Zep influence on their sleeves.
Pick of the litter is a thumper called "My Girl" that's both presaged and propelled by some fractured slide guitar and locked down by a steel-capped feel. "Christopher Robin" is the most overtly bluesy track and doesn't Stoney's blues harp sound good.
Ignore the nondescript cover. This is a promising call-to-action, even if the songs aren't quite there yet. Listen up at their MySpace. Watch this space. - The Barman
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