The Kickbacks

The Kickbacks

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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"Magnificently crafted pop/rock songs come to life under the sterling musicianship of The Kickbacks." - Metronome Magazine "The Kickbacks' songs ring with depth, authenticity, and plenty of hook-infused power." Pop Culture Press

Biography

Never far from his notebook and hand-held recorder, Kickbacks' songwriter, Tad Overbaugh is not one to miss out on capturing a good lyric or melody when it comes. "I don't count on getting good ideas, so when I get one, I want to remember it", says Overbaugh laughing. "The inside of my car has been good to me. Most of my songs have been written sitting in parking lots or while driving. I don't recommend driving and writing though".

The Kickbacks debuted in 1998 with the release of Longitude, and soon after, the Blue Man's Collar EP (2000). The band received favorable reviews from critics for Blindside View (2002) and Motel Stars (2006) for, as one reviewer put it, "songs that ring with depth, authenticity, and plenty of hook-infused power”.

The new album, Even The Blues (2008), was produced by guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and "partner-in-crime" as Overbaugh puts it, Steve Scott. The new record again features the Motel Stars (2006) lineup of Matt Arnold on bass and Perry James on drums.

"Even The Blues is about the concept of trying to enjoy the good moments as they pass, amidst the struggles that are always there. Sometimes facing things head on takes you there. Other times it seems some form of escapism is needed, at least temporarily, to keep going, recharge and get back to a good place." says Overbaugh.

Lyrics

Lazy Eye

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Waitresses and barstools, kept me high when I was feeling low
And when the night sky, was like an empty room
I still saw you as the star that shined

I've got a lazy eye
It don't like to look away when you walk by
I've got a lazy eye
I've got a lazy eye

A polite guy, except my eye's rude
No offense but he'll just stare all night
And if you're making plans, well I could use a few
I could float around you like a satellite

I've got a lazy eye
It don't like to look away when you walk by
I've got a lazy eye
I've got a lazy eye

The reflection in my lazy eye, is only you tonight
You're the star of my empty sky
Won't you let me shine with you for awhile

I've got a lazy eye
It don't like to look away when you walk by
I've got a lazy eye
When you walk by
You're the star of my empty sky

Fixed To Be Broken

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Have another drink, maybe this will be the one
That finally helps me get over this
I'm trying not to think, but the feeling still comes
Putting static inside of my head once again

Somehow I'm fixed to be broken
Can't find a heart that fits
Somehow I'm fixed to be broken
I could use a few spare parts that fit

Guess what I'm drunk again
I'm drinking because I'd hoped you'd drown
Been trying but these memories ain't sinking
Just floating to the top of every bottle right now

Somehow I'm fixed to be broken
Can't find a heart that fits
Somehow I'm fixed to be broken
I could use a few spare parts that fit

Lethal Charm

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

After days with no rhyme
You're the song, that I can't let go
And this might be true crime
You stole the sparkle back from my fading glow

At close range I just fall

She is killing me with lethal charm

Your painted spark eyes
I'm gasoline and I just might blow
You're shooting friendly fire
Oh I could get used to being filled with holes

At close range I just fall

She is killing me with lethal charm

Collect Calling For You

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Fell asleep, was dreaming
Pedal down, with high hopes
Had to kiss, the guardrail
Just to see all the sparks, I should've known

And I'm collect calling for you tonight
Through the wire in my hand, I'm coming for you tonight

Been hiding out, in thick skin
Don't want to feel, all alone
Pipe dreams can get bent
The greener grass, gets overgrown

And I'm collect calling for you tonight
Through the wire in my hand, I'm coming for you tonight

I want to make a connection, like we had before
I'm ain't trying to test ya
Won't you please accept, I won't test this line anymore

And I'm collect calling for you tonight
Through the wire in my hand, I'm coming for you tonight
And I'm collect calling for you tonight
Through the wire in my hand, I'm coming for you tonight

$$$

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Got a hidden agenda, we've got games to play
We're chasing the green, don't get in our way

A millionaire at last
A suit and tie never looked so bad

Behind every scene there's a string today
The puppet moves so they can get paid
Why mix it up? Let's just dumb it down
You know it's all about the cash
It's all about the cash

The same idea, let's beat it into the ground
These clowns will buy anything that we pump out

The millionaire just laughs
As he hangs you with the bottom line

Behind every scene there's a string today
The puppet moves so they can get paid
Why mix it up? Let's just dumb it down
You know it's all about the cash
It's all about the cash

Now everyone's popping pills these days
To see the world as a kinder place
When the suits show up all bloated and proud
You know it's all about the cash
It's all about the cash

The cash

Tip My Girl

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

She came here three months before I did
Just to make some money, just to try and get ahead

Well I know you think she's pretty
Well I think so too
Let me say that you ain't seen nothing
Even though, you've just seen everything

Please tip my girl, she's working hard tonight
Do you think that it's easy to swing from a caberet pole at night?
Please tip my girl, she's working hard tonight

Wish I could say we met between the slot machines
But I was feeling all alone one night and hit the Palomino

Well she said, I like your eyes
They can see right through
Somehow they can see inside me
Even though, you've just seen everything

Please tip my girl, she's working hard tonight
Do you think that it's easy to dream in the smokey caberet light?
While she's dancing for you, she's thinking of me
Please tip my girl, she's working hard tonight

And even though I'm alone most every night
She's coming home to me I'm the only one that can see inside

Please tip my girl, she's working hard tonight
Do you think that it's easy to swing from a caberet pole at night?
While she's dancing for you, she's thinking of me
Please tip my girl, she's working hard tonight

Hard tonight....

Banged Up, Black and Blue

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Now I'm all banged up, I'm black and blue
And what's been messin' with me's made a mess of you
And I'm hopin' my life's got a path to get you back
Cuz I was stupid and dumb and I just found out all that

And I apologize some more
Just can miss you anymore

Now I'm all Banged up, I'm black and blue
And I went through the windshield when I drove away from you
Now I'm all banged up, I'm black and blue

Not much that my records can't get me through
But all my favorite words just take me right back to you
And you poked out my perpetual wandering eye
And I still wanna be the man that's with you for a lifetime through

I was stupid to ignore
The reasons you came for

Now I'm all banged up, I'm black and blue
And I went through the windshield when I drove away from you
Now I'm crying like a boy, that's never gonna get you back
Now I'm all banged up, I'm black and blue

I was stupid to ignore
The reasons you came for

Now I'm all Banged up, I'm black and blue
And I went through the windshield when I drove away from you
Now I'm crying like a boy, that's never gonna get you back
Now I'm all banged up, I'm black and blue

I'm all banged up, I'm black and blue

He Was A Fire

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Murder in the first degree
The reason in his eye has deceased
He was something more

She gave him a life, a heartbeat
A look ten smiles wide, a true belief
A place where he was more

And you should've seen how he had lived before

He was a fire
Now he's just hot coals without you

The crystal ball of fate, decides
How much we can take, of the good kind
What right arm loss is for

Now maker's makes it's mark, he gets by
Shaking thoughts inside, where she hides
Won't leave him alone

And you should've seen how he had lived before

He was a fire
Now he's just hot coals without you

And you should've seen how he had lived before

He was a fire
Now he's just hot coals without you

Spotlight Hits You

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Somehow you're kinda cute with your whimsical smile
No security, no I'm along for the ride
Mind changes every minute now here we go
Are you dragging me along? Are you dragging me down?

You're the one that I adore
But somehow I'm all alone

And I forgot your we're the main event
And you see this as a partnership
Spotlight hits you, I'm the one it'll miss
Are you ready for the crowd? Get ready for the crowd
You're the main event

Caught me 'cause you're a thrill like a shooting star
But those burn bright and don't go very far
And I'd hoped that our tickets went many miles
World spins around you and I'm dizzy tired

You're the one that I adore
But somehow I'm all alone

And I forgot your we're the main event
And you see this as a partnership
Spotlight hits you, I'm the one it'll miss
Are you ready for the crowd? Get ready for the crowd
You're the main event

And the more that I try I get lost with you
You're not who I knew
And if I question my mind I will lose me too
Lose me too...

You're the one that I adore
But somehow I'm all alone

And I forgot your we're the main event
And you see this as a partnership
Spotlight hits you, I'm the one it'll miss
Are you ready for the crowd? Get ready for the crowd
You're the main event

Figure You Out

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Gonna try, with the clues I've found
Take the time, and figure you out

You've got pictures hanging from your walls
And a gallery that no one's seen at all

Gonna try, with the clues I've found
Take the time, and figure you out

I tried to pick your locks at the start
But there's no getting to a keyless heart

Gonna try, with the clues I've found
Take the time, and figure you out

You've got pictures hanging from your walls
And a gallery that no one's seen
It's way too close to still call
Who I'm even gonna see

Judging from your seams pulling apart
You're dying to reveal all of your cards

Gonna try, with the clues I've found
Take the time, and figure you out

With these clues I've found, gonna figure you out
With these clues I've found, gonna figure you out
With these clues I've found, gonna figure you out

Going Out To Get Home

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Hold on, for this ride that is a life
Don't blink, because it light speeds by
Fist fights, with the hands of time
Taking everything that was mine

I'm going out to see if I can find
My way home, my way home
I'm going out, to get home

Shoot for the moon, and the stars up high
Richochets, bouncing off the sky
Making plans, while we wait in line
Hanging on and hopin' to find

I'm going out to see if I can find
My way home, my way home
I'm going out, to get home

Tired of paying tolls, I've paid my dues
Trying to find my way while I even the blues
Points on my license, wasn't speeding anyway
Just looking out for something more than not much new

I'm going out to see if I can find
My way home, my way home
I'm going out, to get home

Motel Stars

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Dressed up in a minor key
And feeling out of tune lately
I could really use a moonlight mile
And a getaway car to drive

I booked a room
And a getaway car to drive

And I'm, gonna charge tonight
Sleep with neon signs
And a mini bar
And see the motel stars

I've got the cash to make a memory
If I need a little company
But tonight I need to simplify
Show up late and be on time

I booked a room
To disappear behind the blinds

And I'm, gonna charge tonight
Sleep with neon signs
And a mini bar
And see the motel stars

Radio silencing, I'm tuning out, let the static fade
Gonna see the motel stars tonight

And I'm, gonna charge tonight
Sleep with neon signs
And a mini bar
And see the motel stars

I booked a room
And a getaway car to drive
I booked a room
To disappear behind the blinds

Even The Blues

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Did you know that you can buy, a happy ending too
A 20 mg smile, no clouds will hang over you

Just enjoy the breeze tonight
This will all pretty soon feel light

Now even the blues don't bring me down
They just flow right around
To where my luck runs out

You've got someone to drive, when you feeling kind of blue
Take you to another sky, the stars will shine over you

Better things are all you'll find
Looking through medicated eyes

Now even the blues don't bring me down
They just flow right around
To where my luck runs out

Getaway Car

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

I was hoping you'd drive, my getaway car
I was hoping you'd climb, in my getaway car

I could use some company
And a little less responsibility

I was hoping you'd drive, my getaway car
I was hoping you'd climb, in my getaway car

Just take me home at high speeds
Let the conversation flow free

Partners in crime we will be
With a windshield full of possibilities

I was hoping you'd drive, my getaway car
I was hoping you'd climb, in my getaway car
I was hoping you'd drive, my getaway car

Expect Delays

Written By: Tad Overbaugh

Don't go headed out for a drive
This town will put the screws to you when
You're looking for a piece of mind
Getting detour signs instead

Expect delays
Heading for your life
And if you're seeking you will find
Everything but a compromise

You can head straight for the price
But it's never that easy in the end
The same way you roll the dice
You gotta tumble on down to what's ahead

Expect delays
Heading for your life
And if you're seeking you will find
Everything but a compromise

There's too much compromise
But if you're seeking you will find

Expect delays
Heading for your life
And if you're seeking you will find
Everything but a compromise
A compromise
A compromise
A compromise

Discography

Longitude (1998)
Blue Man's Collar EP (2000)
Blindside View (2002)
Motel Stars (2006)
Even the Blues (2008) - OUT NOW on iTunes & CDBaby!

Set List

Flexible set length based on the needs of the event or establishment.

Album Catalog:

Even the Blues (2008)
1. Figure You Out
2. Going Out to Get Home
3. Motel Stars
4. Even the Blues
5. Getaway Car
6. Bulletproof
7. Expect Delays
8. Isolation Blue
9. Enjoy the Ride
10. No Guarantees

Motel Stars (2006)
1. $$$
2. Collect Calling For You
3. Lazy Eye
4. Fixed To Be Broken
5. I Crash Cars
6. Answers Coming Soon
7. Lethal Charm
8. Jealous Of The Stars
9. Tip My Girl
10. Lights Flicker

Blindside View (2002)
1. Spotlight Hits You
2. Goin' The Mile
3. Banged Up, Black & Blue
4. Be Just Fine
5. He Was A Fire
6. Almost Saturday Night
7. She's Gone, I'm Dead
8. Hard Time Afternoon
9. Behind The Wire
10. Guts And Soul
11. Diamond In The Rough

Blue Man's Collar (2000)
1. Junction 159
2. Empty Head
3. Sort Of Character
4. 2 Days Away
5. Mr. Moses

Longitude (1998)
1. Hopin' To Find
2. Boxspring
3. Dig Me Out
4. All Made Up
5. Walls
6. Attic