Thursday, May 1, 2014
REVIEW: The Steinbecks - Kick to Kick
The album begins with "Homesickness", the somewhat unsettling lyrics offset by a bright guitar pop arrangement. Next is "At Arkaroo Rock", which was featured on these pages last year. The song compares the layers of the geological formation with the layers of a relationship. Other standouts for me are the Dunedin-like "Blow the Limen", the jangling "Trying to be Someone", which boasts a robust bassline as well, and the title track, "Kick to Kick". And then there is "I, Radio", which may be the most distinctive track on the album, musically and thematically. Initially via spoken word, and then via singing, the narrator provides a paean to indie rock and the value of radio to the music experience.
Long-time fans probably need no more encouragement, but I urge new fans to experience the delights of The Steinbecks. With Kick to Kick, they have made it easy to be loved.
Kick to Kick is available in the Americas and Europe via Matinee Recordings, and in Australia, Asia and Africa via Popboomerang Records.
Matinee Recordings page for album
Popboomerang Records page for album