SINGLE REVIEW: The Kicklips – ‘Hillywood’


Boy do The Kicklips pack a lot into the 2 minutes 33 seconds of their latest single. At the heart of it it’s a very ‘Sheffield’ piece of indie rock but wait there’s lots of other sounds in there. Hints of 80s heavy rock, some distinct psychobilly stuff and that’s just on a couple of listens. That’s clever, to pack all of this into one short track and not have it sound like a mess. On top of this there’s some great lyrics – which you can actually hear.

I like this, I like it a lot. ‘Why’s that?’ I hear you ask. Well it’s the raucousness, the fact that it sounds live, it sounds like a band playing together, not like it’s lots of takes that have been pieced together. But it’s the best live sound you’ve heard in a long time. It’s that these guys know how to play – the playing on this is fabulous. And more importantly they know how to put a song together, and how to leave you wanting more.

So the very least you could do is to spend 2 ½ minutes of your time listening to this, and then I might suggest, getting it. Getting it so you have it it to hand when you need to a blast of raw raucous energy.

The single is available on Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud and Google Play.

The info

The Kicklips are a three piece indie riff-rock band from Sheffield. Heavy 80s guitar riffs combined with punchy, mellow bass coming from the varying influences of the band. They say “Our passion lies in experimenting with different sounds from a variety of influences, using our personal tastes, whether in agreement or disagreement, to an advantage to form some sort of universally exciting middle ground”.

The Kicklips are:

Mo Ghani – Lead/Rhythm guitar
Beck Shillito – Bass, Vocals, Lyrics
Dan Siddall – Drums

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