One of the main reasons CMJ is awesome is the plethora of new bands that you get to see. It might be where you want to dust off that old cardigan and venture out to whatever concert venue there is to see some live music. New York basically becomes a melting pot of clashing styles of music that someone can find enjoyment in. I officially broke my newbie status and headed over to Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Within the Taco Bell Feed the Beat showcase was a four-piece rock band from Chicago called The Kickback.
“You don’t know us. You don’t know us, but it’s our job to leave an impression.” lead singer/guitarist Billy Yost shouted at the crowd. In between songs were filled by hilarious banter from Yost, but during the entire set, the band was all business playing songs from their recently released album, Sorry All Over The Place. Down to earth, sporadic, and furious as the last song that they played called “Rob Our House”, which is one of my personal favorites. The cool twist was that the band changed the lyrics to the spoken word like jam. On the fly and musically inclined to leave that impression that they set out from the start.
Listen to their song, “White Lodge” below. Learn more about the band on their website and while your there, pick up the new album.