Rough Trade Records are proud to announce the approaching release of 1990s second collection of knock out songs, Kicks - the follow up to the hugely acclaimed "Cookies". 1990's are Jackie McKeown (vocals, guitars), Dino Bardot (bass, vocals), and Michael McGaughrin (drums and vocals).The new album features more sassy, infectiously catchy songs about Glasgow and girls in the main, but also references Mongolian Warlords, Bears, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Baader-Meinhoff and Scientology. Most of the songs on Kicks are anecdotes about ex, current, future and fictional girlfriends. The album was recorded at Edwyn Collins' West Heath Yard studio in London and it was produced by Bernard Butler. Kicks is the sound of a group careering head first, inspired by where they come from and what they can potentially do, into further adventures in sound and visions. Inspiration was taken from everything from 'Scary Monsters'/'Golden Years' era Bowie and his work with Eno & Visconti to Jay-Z through to Hall & Oates, the chops of Hot Chocolate and even the folk licks of Richard Thompson. Sonically Kicks is a rock record, but 1990s intention was to make it sound slightly alien too.1990s vocal harmonies on this album have come into their own and lead vocal duties are shared amongst the group much more so than on "Cookies". "Kickstrasse" features Jackie addressing German 1970s terrorist group Baader-Meinhof, with help from Kate Jackson (of The Long Blondes) on backing vocals. On "Everybody Please Relax" Jackie threatens to move to Hollywood and become a Scientologist! "I Don't Even Know What That Is" recollects an alarming proposition that was made to him after the group supported Roky Erikkson at a Halloween Party in San Francisco wearing outfits borrowed from a porn studio.
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