THE LITTLE KICKS
Aberdeen, Britain (UK)
The Little Kicks are a 4 piece band based in Scotland who have a reputation for a great live show and are known for their distinctly catchy upbeat indie pop songs.
Since their formation the band have toured across the UK in their own right several times to a great response. The band have also played at festivals such as T in the Park, Belladrum, Insider, Connect and other major Scottish music festivals. Debut album – “Boxing Clever” – was released to critical acclaim in the Scottish and UK music press. The album also won admiration from outside of the UK and has been featured on several European and American blog and online radio sites. Following the LP’s release the band also played shows in both Japan and Germany to a great reception.
Over time the band have shared stages with the likes of Foals, The Vaccines, Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Errors, The Kooks, Editors, The Macabees and many more. The band has recorded live sessions for XFM, BBC Radio and have also been played on national radio by both Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson. Not to be underestimated as one trick ponies the band are as comfortable playing live with a couple of acoustics as they are at headlining club nights to a packed dance floor.
The band also DJ at and run their own club-night (“The Dirty Hearts Club – DHC”) which has become a legendary night in its own right and passed the 5th Birthday mark in January 2011. With a previous guest DJ list of MSTRKRFT, Liquid Liquid, Optimo, Holy Ghost, Juan Maclean, Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand to name a few the night was a great success. Furthermore, for the the band have DJed several times at T in the Park festival, headlining the Fridays late night after-party field to crowds of 1000+ to a great response.
In late 2011 the band released a free download single (“Call Of Youth”) which gained airplay on both BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. This acted as a well received teaser for the bands second album release.
Entitled “The Little Kicks” the bands 2nd album was released on the 28th November 2011. Prior to the albums release the band completed a 2 week tour across the UK and the band capped off 2011 performing at New Years Eve in the 5000 capacity AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) alongside Twin Atlantic, The View & White Lies.
Since the release of their 2nd album it has been favourably reviewed in the NME (7/10) who said the band "produced a nice line in brittle funk alongside pocket epics they should be proud of". IsThisMusic awarded the album 4****/ 5 and The Scotsman named The Little Kicks as a band of the year for 2011/2012 and The Sun newspaper also included the band in a feature of Top 10 for 2012. On top of this Q Magazine named the band as one of "Ten Scottish Bands You Maybe Haven’t Heard Of But Should" in July 2012. During a summer spent conquering the Scottish festival circuit, playing at almost all of the festivals in their native country, the band were also selected to perform at industry showcase Go North in June and fitted in time for a tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks. Off the back of such performances the band were announced as a Best Live Act in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (Sama's).
At the tail end of the Summer the band released a well received Remix EP which featured remixes by the likes of Optimo (JD Twitch), Discopolis and more all interpreting the band's track "Loosen Up".
In 2013 the band released a single entitled "Girl" which was released as a digital download on the 29th July 2013 backed by a cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic "Dreams". The band's new album entitled "Put Your Love In Front Of Me" was released on the 30th September 2013 and has been partially funded by Creative Scotland.
A quick scroll back through the band's website home page (www.thelittlekicks.co.uk) is the best way to read what the band have been up to and along the way you will find press articles, radio sessions, details of tours, interviews and more!