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INTERVIEW: Kicking

How would you classify your music?

We’ve been classified as louder, heavier shoegaze in the past, but if you were to look for us in your local record shop we’d be in the sludge pop section. Our sound is impacted by a wide variety of influences and that’s what makes our sound unique.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Nine Inch Nails, & My Bloody Valentine. Although we draw from many influences individually and with it being very difficult to narrow it down to just a few, these five seem to represent the foundation of our sound the best. We take influences from the ideas, attitudes, and spirit as much as from the music.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

That you can shake your ass to heavy f***ing music.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

We’re coming from a place that’s so rooted in a musical culture that is drastically different from our sound that it allows for the creative freedom to experiment with different genres and play with different kind of bands. We have a strong sense of community, and we’re excited to represent an alternative voice for our home town music scene in the conservative south.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Lacy: “I saw High on Fire in a basement bar in Prague in 2005. It was so heavy that it shook my WOMB.” Bobbie: “Getting to see The Chariot play their last show in Atlanta. To watch drum kits and guitars be destroyed and tossed into the crowd, was insane.“ SG: “I recently saw Tedeschi Drucks Band here in Jackson. The collective talent on that stage was pretty awe inspiring and easily the best performance I’ve seen live to date.” David: “I saw Kvelerak, Torche, and Converge at a small venue surrounded by friends. Each band brought something different to the show, while still fitting into a certain genre or voice. It showed that heavy music can build a community outside of genre lines as well as sonically each being the best at what they do.” Henry: “The show that had the most impact on me was seeing Big Kids play at Black Lodge in Seattle, WA. It was my first big city DIY show, and it really shaped my attitude and ideas about what a community is and the future of my playing.”

As far as playing live, we really enjoy being able to collectively pull energy from each other, and then being able to throw that into a crowd and watch it be given back to us. We get to be vulnerable in a way we wouldn’t be otherwise.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Unkind, from our “Us Against” release (recorded here in Jackson at Malaco Studios), is the song that stands out to us from that recording because we think it’s a great representation of the diverse aspects of our sound. It was the first song that we wrote collectively as a five piece as well as it is the best representation of all of our influences as a band. The recorded version of Unkind is one of our favorite tracked songs as far as the quality of the recording and the accuracy of our energy together as a band. Kent Bruce was able to capture the live energy in a recording environment, which is our main motivator.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

This last year our lineup has solidified and we have honed and developed a sound that we can call our own.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Our bassist Lacy would like to shotgun beers with L7. Guitarist David would want to have a conversation with David Gilmour about music and songwriting. Singer Bobbie would let Ian Curtis to take her to dinner. Our drummer Henry dreams of a week long house show bender with Dogs on Acid from Philly. Our other guitarist SG would want to have a deep influential conversation with Carrie Brownstein about music, comedy, and life that naturally turns into a close lifelong friendship.

What’s next for you?

Continuing writing, recording, releasing, and playing music and staying as active as possible.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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