Swimming / French Kicks

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Carried Away by French Kicks

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Sex Tourists by French Kicks

I first heard the French Kicks about 6 years ago when they opened up for Hot Hot Heat back when I lived in Sacramento. I hadn’t ever heard of them before that, and up until a month ago I hadn’t heard from them since. But now they’ve released a new album called Swimming, and I swear that this album is going to make them huge.

French Kicks is made up of four guys, Jamie Krents, Nick Stumpf, Matthew Stinchcomb, and Aaron Thurston, and the band has had several different incarnations. Around 2004, Nick who played drums started to sing at live shows, which is how Aaron got into the band playing drums in his absence. Now though the band sounds amazing, with hints of the past influencing their new sound.

When I put the record on for the first time, my jaw literally dropped. It’s a weird description, but it sounds like a classic. Their sound is obviously influenced by the 60’s and 70’s, but it doesn’t sound dated, it sounds really timeless. Nick Stumpf’s voice is layered and melodic, and it sounds perfect. The music itself though is mixed kind of odd, I guess in a way that makes it sound older. Nothing is crisp and precise, it just sounds like they got together and decided to record some songs. This album is going to play non-stop this summer, it’s an amazing album that I think will be a classic for years to come. I’ve posted my two favorite songs from the album above, Carried Away and Sex Tourists. If you like these songs you’ll love the rest of the album.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 17, 2008 / By

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