Mar 22, 2006
KICKBACK "Paris, France Most Wanted"
I'm gonna go a little spree of showcasing some of my favorite European hardcore bands. Many of you yankees are too lazy to check out some of the awesome bands that have been dropping some great records over the years. Kickback are indeed one of my favorites.
In the mid nineties I was corresponding with singer Stephen who was running Hardway records (they did awesome 7"s from Overcast, All Out War, & Bulldoze). His tastes in music were very similar to mine. He eventually sent me Kickback's "Cornered" CD and I about shit myself. It encompasses a lot of things I love about hardcore. Total no bullshit attitude, heavy midpaced metallic hardcore with a NY vibe to it, great production, and the balls to back it up.
The first time I toured Europe was in 1996 and our very first show was with Rykers, Miozan, Refused, Madball, and Kickback. What a fucking show this was. I was stoked to get to meet Stephen and also to see his band play. A few years later in 1997 Kickback recorded and released "Forever War". I can't really remember how I got my hands on a copy as it's not easy outside of Europe to get their CDs. It had an even more metallic edge to it than the previous one. Trust me, I've been hounding some of my Euro compadres to send me a copy of their 3rd release "Les 150 Passions Meurtrieres". Still no luck in getting a copy.
Kickback seemed to have plenty of skeptics as I think their attitude and "tough guy" image didn't go over very well with the more politically correct crowd. I didn't really give a shit either way (and I'm sure the band didn't either) because I related more to this style of music compared to others.
Anyway, if you like bands with a nice mix of All Out War, Madball, and Fury of V then Kickback may just be the band for you. Hell I believe they are named after the legendary Breakdown song. Rumor has it that Kickback will be playing this years Superbowl of HxC in NYC. I'll be right up front once again 10 years after the first time I saw them. Here's a song from each of their early CDs. Both discs have many great tracks so I just grabbed a song that I felt captured the feel of each one. Enjoy.
Kickback on Myspace
KICKBACK "Cornered" CD - Hostile Records 1995
KICKBACK "Forever War" CD - Hostile Records 1997
2. "No One Gets Out Alive"
Let me know what you think. More good European hardcore coming next.
at 11:44 PM