THE LITTLE KICKS

UK & EUROPE SPRING TOUR 2014 - EXTRA DATES!

Following on from our last post we have added a new show in Brussels, Belgium on the 28th April so our new full dates for Spring are now listed below. We are also delighted to say we have been confirmed for the Main Stage at the Big Beach Ball festival which will be a fantastic way to round off a great couple of weeks!
For tickets and gig info on individual shows, please go to the LIVE page. For daily updates such as stage times, tour pics (and possibly even additional shows still to come!) follow us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

From a still very excited and still very much un-packed Steven, Andrew, Lewis & Scott. x

"Put Your Love In Front Of Me" Spring Tour 2014 April/ May
19th VELVET MUSIC, ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND
20th LE VAGABOND, ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND
23rd BIG BUTTINSKY, OSNABRUCK, GERMANY
24th GEBAUDE 35, SCHLESWIG, GERMANY
25th GREUNER JAEGER, HAMBURG, GERMANY
26th ASTA WOHNZIMMER, LUNEBURG, GERMANY
28th LONDON CALLING, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
30th DEATH DISCO, LONDON, ENGLAND
1st BROADCAST, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
2nd THE WEE RED BAR, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
3rd BREW AT THE BOG, INVERNESS, SCOTLAND
4th BEACH BALLROOM, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS: LIVE

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We are 1 Twitter follower away from 1000 which is killing Steven’s inner OCD- , as Mrs Doyle says in Father Ted “Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on…Go on” etc #twitter View Larger

We are 1 Twitter follower away from 1000 which is killing Steven’s inner OCD- , as Mrs Doyle says in Father Ted “Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on…Go on” etc #twitter


Spring Tour 2014! Can’t wait- see website for tickets/ info. Keep an eye here and on Facebook for more shows still to be added also. #thelittlekicks #thelittlekicksband #velvetmusic #rotterdam #levagabond #osnabruck #schleswig #hamburg #luneburg #indieaner #muzinenl #rockstonessessions #deathdisco #broadcast #theweeredbar #brewatthebog #thebigbeachball #pylifom View Larger

Spring Tour 2014! Can’t wait- see website for tickets/ info. Keep an eye here and on Facebook for more shows still to be added also. #thelittlekicks #thelittlekicksband #velvetmusic #rotterdam #levagabond #osnabruck #schleswig #hamburg #luneburg #indieaner #muzinenl #rockstonessessions #deathdisco #broadcast #theweeredbar #brewatthebog #thebigbeachball #pylifom


UK & EUROPE SPRING TOUR 2014

We are delighted to say that exactly a month today we will be hitting the road again to promote our new album “Put Your Love In Front Of Me” across the UK & Europe. We will certainly be playing some places we have visited before so we hope to see some of your familiar faces on our travels. Additionally we will be coming to some new cities and venues so we look forward to making new friends and bringing our music to new places!

See below for a list of our confirmed shows/ cities. For tickets and gig info on individual shows, please go to the LIVE page. For daily updates such as stage times, tour pics (and possibly even additional shows still to come!) follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

From a very excited and very much un-packed Steven, Andrew, Lewis & Scott.
x

"Put Your Love In Front Of Me" Spring Tour 2014
April/ May
19th VELVET MUSIC, ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND
20th LE VAGABOND, ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND
23rd BIG BUTTINSKY, OSNABRUCK, GERMANY
24th GEBAUDE 35, SCHLESWIG, GERMANY
25th GREUNER JAEGER, HAMBURG, GERMANY
26th ASTA WOHNZIMMER, LUNEBURG, GERMANY
28th LONDON CALLING, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
30th DEATH DISCO, LONDON, ENGLAND
1st BROADCAST, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
2nd THE WEE RED BAR, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
3rd BREW AT THE BOG, INVERNESS, SCOTLAND
4th BEACH BALLROOM, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS: LIVE

COVER


DANCING IN THE DARK FEATURE

One of our good friends Jon Reid runs a great blog/ website entitled “Dancing In The Dark” which covers a wide array of cool goings on in arts & music both in the North East of Scotland and further afield. It’s a really nice site which always entertains with nice pictures and words to explain and go with the articles/ postings. It’s regularly updated with things Jon has enjoyed on his travels and things he is passionate about and on this occasion he has very kindly featured us in a write up about our new album and the album’s launch in our hometown. It’s a really nice article and we are very thankful for his kind words. Check it out HERE or scroll below.  

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Little Kicks - Put Your Love In Front Of Me!

Very few local bands have taken their craft to the level of The Little Kicks and their one off warehouse album launch last year was testament to that. Bringing together all their friends in a unique space to celebrate the launch of an album that they’ve put some sweat into must have been quite satisfying. Even more satisfying was being in the audience listening to the new tunes and seeing the band play a blinder of a gig. You can check out some photos from the night here.
My only gripe is that Aberdeen audiences don’t fully appreciate how great a band they are. I would have loved to see them playing on one of their many European dates last year, just check out their Rockstone Session and especially with Steve Bruce in tow on sound and driving duties.Put Your Love In Front Of Me is a step forward and a step in a good direction bringing in more disco grooves and a little nod to Donna Summer with that distinctive synth on Heartbreak Pt 1. Lead single 'Girl' was like a slap to the face with its smooth grooves and piercing guitar, also complemented by a swish video by Ricky Gibb and Sam Brill. 'Heartbreak Pt 2'shows a heavier side which was one of my highlights from the album launch, hearing the band get into a groove, pummeling you like a freight train! 'Modern Romance' is a nice change of pace with a stripped back sound a’la Grizzly Bear, showing off Steve’s gentler side. There’s still a decent selection of indie bangers with 'This Mess Were In' and ‘Stop Repeating’ bringing The Little Kicks sound full circle again.
You can stream the new album in full here but if you want to get the full experience then go see them live, I hear tour dates will be announced soon so keep an eye on their Facebook page. Also you can get the album on limited editionwhite vinyl along with some merch bundles here, you can’t really beat listening to vinyl and I’m working on a little video about that so watch this space. Also its worth checking out their Soundcloud page where you can find remixes and mixtapes along with some tunes that have been floating their boat.Finally, its impossible to speak about The Little Kicks without thinking of Steve Bruce who did the sound for most of their gigs these past few years and eagerly headed off on tour with the band across Europe. Steve was a super positive influence and was passionate about the band, a testament to the quality of their music and was one of the best sound engineers in the North East. He always made me smile and always had time for a chat, he is sorely missed by many.
   

(Steven) Was an honour to do a couple of hours back behind the decks at the last night of Snafu on Sunday. It’s a place that has been a pretty constant factor in the LKs existence whether it be DJing there, hanging out or watching bands. Very sad to see it go but at least we had one last blast. Played a few oldies from DHC days as well as newbies but for one last song, bearing in mind the amount of friendships/ couples who have formed on that dancefloor, “All My Friends” seemed like a fitting song to finish with. Expect a best of DHC mixtape to arrive soon! #longlivesnafu #dhc #dirtyheartsclub #thelittlekicks #thelittlekicksband (at Snafu)


INTERVIEW FOR TWENTY BLISS BLOG

Last week Steven was interviewed about all things band related by the Hong Kong based blog Twenty Bliss which is a rather natty blog/ website which covers all sorts of creative endeavours from photography, art, music and film culture to food and more.

You can read the full article/ interview here: http://www.twenty-bliss.com/post/75805782772/thelittlekicks

or scroll and read below.

TB: Introduce yourselves!
TLK: We are Steven, Andrew, Lewis & Scott. Collectively we combine to make up the band The Little Kicks. We do have a 5th member in that we have a Roland Sampler for all the tricky bits from the album we need in the background live and we call him Sandy.

TB: How did you guys get together and start making music?
TLK: I guess we all played in various bands in our hometown (Aberdeen) and met through mutual friends, seeing bands/ going to see music shows. Just hanging out, chatting and getting to know each other. The band has been going for a wee while now and a couple of members have come and gone, but this last album and this unit we have now is the best we have been. It certainly feels like we’re a gang of our own now, which is what a band should be like.

TB: How would you describe your musical style?
TLK: We would describe our music as upbeat indie disco pop. Sometimes we play fast songs and people dance, but we have been known to play the odd slow song where tears have been shed! Generally, we use a mix of guitars and synthesisers to make our music, which we then play live as frequently as possible and preferably to a busy room! Feeding off the crowd is important to us hence why we love tiny sweaty clubnight shows!

TB: What are some of your influences?
TLK: We listen to a lot of music from old to new and as a set of individuals I’d say we cover all grounds between us which helps when working on ideas as everyone is coming from somewhere different. Collectively we love bands like Chic, Whitest Boy Alive, Phoenix, Idlewild, The Beatles, Foals, Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac to name a few. Thats the kind of stuff you would most likely hear in our van on tour. Individually, we are all pretty different and each have more than a few guilty pleasures which will remain secret.

TB: You’ve toured all over the world - what are some of your favourite cities to play in? What’s been your best gig so far?
TLK: I cant speak for us all, but I (Steven) feel like our first trip to Germany was very special- having had no idea what to expect on the drive there and be met with packed venues was amazing. On the opposite end of the scale, another show which sticks out was supporting Public Service Broadcasting in Edinburgh last year at the 1500 capacity Picturehouse. Probably one of the best gigs we have played performance wise and in a venue we had always wanted to play in.

TB: We saw you play at The Lemon Tree - what’s it like playing your home town compared to larger citites/festivals, like T in the Park?
TLK: The Lemon Tree in particular is very special to us. Kids would often dream of playing there. Whenever we play there, it always feels as exciting as the first time for me and we love it. Playing at home in general is a massive buzz. We try to be quite savvy and not play too much there so that when we do it’s more of an event for both the crowd and us. We tend to try and play in weird places (see the album launch pics on Facebook) or do something special. To be honest, it means a lot to me that people would invest their time and money in our band and to come and see us whether its at home or away - it really means a lot. So we try and treat every gig the same. T In The Park is still thought of very highly in our minds, but in truth we did it just after we started and I wish we could go back now with the knowledge, songs, ability and approach we have now as I feel like we would have got more from it (industry-wise). As a performer, the experience of playing to a packed tent at such an institution was amazing - it was something I’ll never forget.

TB: You recently released your third album, Put Your Love In Front Of Me, what’s next for The Little Kicks?
TLK: Right now, we are plotting a Spring tour to return to Holland/ Germany via some dates in the UK- so thats exciting. In February, I will be playing a couple of solo shows to road test some new songs. The album was a lot of work and we are immensely proud of it so a follow up will be tough, but we have tentatively started to work on some new material. There will definitely be a single from PYLIFOM in the Spring so thats imminent also and being discussed shortly. So we were quiet over Xmas and January but it’s all go now!


TB: And finally, what’s on your iPod? What are you listening to at the moment? And what’s on there that you don’t want anyone to know about?
TLK: I have two massive playlists on my iPhone at the moment which are being flicked between depending on my mood. One is a more downbeat playlist which has Leonard Cohen, Bon Iver, Nillson, Simon & Garfunkel, film OST’s (The Master), classical stuff, Brian Eno and various miserable stuff. The other is a much more upbeat one for a better mood and I’m currently on that one! It has various songs from Kanye Yeezus, Arcade Fire Reflektor, Arctic Monkeys AM, Daphni’s album, Boy & The Bear, Young Fathers and others. My favourite discovery lately is probably the Bobby Womack album from last year and I love Damon Albarn’s new single. I’d probably be embarrassed if folks saw that I have some classical stuff/ the film OST stuff there as some of it is quite soppy, but the definite standout for embarrassment factor there would have to be Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”- certainly a guilty pleasure.

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