KickBend

KickBend

 Willow Springs, Illinois, USA
BandRockClassic Rock

What sets us apart from most bands is we don't try to sound like the latest fad. We draw upon our musical sensibilities to create honest and moving songs.

Biography

KickBend produced "Crumbs" and "Taken f/Jessica Robinson" during the summer of 2012. The songs were tracked by Bob O'Connor at CFS Hammond, edited by Danny Karabaic at DK AudioMedia, mixed by Eric Nelson Yoder at Horse-Drawn, and mastered by Larry Millas at World Stage Studio. Mitzi & Storm sang background vocals, and horns were arranged by Andrea Lanctot (trumpet) and Tony Laudadio (trombone).

KickBend (f/Glen Kosche and Lou) recorded "Goin' home" with engineers Erik Widman and Danny Karabaic. The song was developed into a Rock Band video game by Rhythm Authors.

With their album faith.hope.love, KickBend created an eclectic journey through the blues, soul, pop, rock, country, and folk. From the vintage record intro of "Gone" to the futuristic ending of "The beat goes on", the album is a timeline of modern music.

Growing up in Chicagoland, the members of KickBend were exposed to a wide range of musical influences--from Buddy Guy to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Styx to Enuff ZNuff, and from Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi. The band draws from their musical memory to craft songs that pay homage to the legends. The sound is contemporary, yet lyrics and melodies are classic.

KickBend songs and videos are finding their way to American and international radio, internet charts, compilations, and music video programs. Ironically, the whole project began as an afterthought. Jealous Bone, an established Chicagoland blues band, was looking for a keyboardist to lay down some organ, piano, and accordion tracks for their follow up to Scratch. Well, that keyboardist had some plans of his own. Dom Stasi amassed a collection of songs he had written over the years. After some failed attempts to form a recording band of his own, Dom saw something very special in Jealous Bone.

An agreement was made, and the members of Jealous Bone (Jim Barney, Luca DiNicola, Fred DiSanto, and Damir Shegich) contributed to the arrangements of Dom's songs. Dom wanted to capture the live Jealous Bone vibe for his songs. After considering many studios, Dom decided to record at Creature Feature Recording Studios in Hammond, Indiana. "Bob's studio is great for recording a live band," says Dom. "The live room sounds natural, and the line of sight allows the band to stay tight."

The weekend was booked, and the band recorded two takes of each song on Friday night. Tamburitzans Joe Kirin and Steve Ovanin dropped by on Saturday to add their talents to "Let's make this right". Guitarist Bob Persa recorded an acoustic guitar solo for "Too good". And, last but not least, Deidre Lynn sang her heart out on "You'll miss out". Dom was satisfied with the overall vibe of the recordings and continued to tweak the mixes over the next year. "I wanted to get in there sooner, but O'Connor was busy with other acts. And then he decided to upgrade the board! Fortunately, the extra time with the mixes resulted in a better final product."

But before the project was mastered by Dan Stout at Colossal Mastering in Chicago, Dom visited Chicago Recording Company and Pumpkin Studios to make the final touches. Danny Karabaic, Ryan Sullivan, Bruce Breckenfeld, and Michael Mason lended their ears at CRC. These CRC gurus pointed out some aural deficiencies which needed to be addressed. Meanwhile, Gary Loizzo at Pumpkin brought a quality to "A song for you" that echoes a more soulful era.

"It's close enough for rock 'n roll," concludes Dom.

Lyrics

Gone

Written By: Dom Stasi

I close my eyes and try to think it through
But in the end I lose no matter what I do
It's like my heart and soul are doin' time
And my sanity is on the line

Gotta get a grip, I gotta get a grip
I gotta get a grip now, get over it
I gotta let it go and follow through
Yeah, get out and find somebody new

Ain't no use in waitin' by the phone
And wonderin' how it all went wrong
For in the end it's still the same old song
You don't know what you got until it's gone

I hit the road in my favorite ride
I could drive all night just to clear my mind
Across the bridge and around the bend
To where it all began with my ex-girlfriend

An angel's smile is what they sell
While I play the role that I know so well
Come last call, and I'm done with that
To the riverboat down in Joliet

Well the cards are dealt, I raise my bet
A winnin' hand helps me to forget
But in the end it's still the same old song
You don't know what you got until it's gone

My money, it's gone
And my honey, it's all gone
And my pride, it's gone
You don't know what you got until it's gone

A song for you

Written By: Dom Stasi

You never let me down, always by my side
Even when I staggered a few steps behind
My friend and confidante, angel from above
You saved me from myself and showed me
Yeah, you showed me how to love

My one and only now I pray for you
As my piano gently cries for you, whoa
Show me that sweet young girl I once knew
And this will be a song for you

Shoulda, woulda, couldas, oh yeah--
--they don’t mean a thing
Salvation is a melody only you can sing
So take it from the top, take it nice and slow
And once you’ve got the beat
Baby, b-b-baby, let the music flow

(Solo)

My one and only now I pray for you
As my piano gently cries for you, whoa
Show me that sweet young girl I once knew
And this will be a song for you, oh for you
A song for you

Legend

Written By: Dom Stasi

On a cold and silent night, in the midnight hour
When His eyes saw their first light, the people felt His power
He was raised to lead a life of hope
And died for yours and mine
A sacrifice for you and I, yeah he gave all for you and I

He's a legend, a hero, He's a star in the sky
He can take you high where the angels fly
He's a legend, a hero, He's a star in the sky
Let Him live in your life, there's still time

Now you sit thinking 'bout your life and the times you've had
While some things cut you like a knife, others ain't so bad

You can take those broken dreams of old
And throw them all away
Just close your eyes and dream again
Breathe new life into them

He's a legend, a hero, He's a star in the sky
He can take you high where the angels fly
He's a legend, a hero, He's a star in the sky
Let Him live in your life, there's still time

(Solo)

He's a legend, a hero, a star in the sky
He can take you high where the angels fly
He's a legend, a hero, He's a star in the sky
Let Him live in your life, there's still time
Let Him live in your life, there's still time
Let Him live in your life, there's still time

The beat goes on

Written By: Dom Stasi

A long time ago in a land far away
A man banged a drum that's still heard today
Like the sound of thunder in the open wild
Like the heart of a mother to her unborn child

There's a fire that burns, desire that churns
When everything feels right
Oh you try to stay cool
But emotions in you ignite tonight

And the beat goes on and on through the night
The beat goes on and cuts right through the morning light
Yeah the beat goes on and on through the night
Nothing else stays the same, but the beat goes on

In the eye of a storm a wild wind blows
Where it's all headed, God only knows
Like a rolling stone on a bumpy ride
I'm getting farther from home with each and every stride

Destination unknown, I'm all on my own
Yet everything's alright
I'm just cruising along, singing this song of life, tonight

And the beat goes on and on through the night
The beat goes on, and it cuts right through the morning light
Yeah the beat goes on and on through the night
Nothing else stays the same, but the beat goes on

(Solo)

And the beat goes on and on through the night
Nothing else stays the same, but the beat
The beat goes on
The beat goes on
The beat goes on
The beat goes on and on and on and on...

You'll miss out

Written By: Dom Stasi

(Male)
My my, oh dear
Take a look at what we have here
I got you in my sights
I'm comin' up to read you your rights

(Female)
Here is your chance
You have the right to this first dance
I'll give you a head start
Gonna two-step straight into your heart

'Cause ready or not, here I come...

Maybe I can be your favorite song
And if you wanna you can sing along
Now I ain't what they call a one-hit-wonder
You'll miss out (if you sit this one out)

(Male)
A one-two, three-four
Wanna see your boots out on the floor

(Female)
I'll give you a head start
Gonna do-si-do into your heart
Round and round
Y'all know I don't mess around

(Chorus)

a) Are you the kind I can take home to mama?
b) Or are you one hot night in Tijuana?
c) Are you out looking for a wild romance?
None of the above--I just came to dance

(Chorus)

High school sweetheart

Written By: Dom Stasi

It’s been seven long years since the big world stole you away
But it seems like a lifetime I’ve been waitin’ for this day
Tell me how you’ve been, tell me what you’ve done
Tell me everything and anything
I’d listen ‘til the sun comes up
So you met someone, and he broke your heart
Baby now I guess I’d be that one to say
I knew it from the start

But I’ll play the part
For my high school sweetheart

Little has changed since the big world stole you away
I’m still workin’ at the yard, got a raise just the other day
And it’s all the same ‘cause it don’t mean much
When I’m driving down the boulevard
And thinking ‘bout when we first touched
Or I pass the spot where we used to park
You talked about the things we’d do
And how we’d never be apart

Yeah I played the part
For my high school sweetheart

But you had dreams of leavin’ this town
Since you were a little girl
Yeah you just had to see what goes on
Somewhere halfway ‘round the world

So many times I'd look up in the sky pick a star and think of you
Wonderin’ where you are if you’re lookin’ at the same one, too
And now here you stand with your hand in mine
Your face, your eyes, your hair, your smile
Are turnin’ back the hands of time
It’s like we’re at the spot where we used to park
You’re talking ‘bout the things we’ll do
And how we’ll never be apart

And I still play the part
For my high school sweetheart
For my high school sweetheart
Oh won’t you be my high school sweetheart, again?

Let's make this right

Written By: Dom Stasi

Watching you walk to the door
Feels like my world is crashing to the floor
Giving up would be a shame
Come back inside now if you feel the same

Talk to me and let it out
At times like these the truth comes out
I'll sit here, and I'll wait
To hear the words that wash away the pain

Don't make me beg, don't make me cry
Let's take the time to make this right
Don't walk away without a fight
It's not too late, let's make this right

We've come this far, didn't take us long
To make the puzzle in which we both belong
The pieces fit, we're almost there
Just missing one, I know it's here somewhere

(Chorus)

Take a look in my soul
You will find it's true
My intentions are pure as gold
And they're all for you

Don't make me beg, don't make me cry
Let's take the time to make this right
Don't walk away without a fight
It's not too late, let's make this right
Don't walk away, let's make this right
Ooh, ooh, let's make this right

Too good

Written By: Dom Stasi

Well the bottle is dry, and it’s closing time
My words have a mind of their own
I held back the tears and cried in my beers
Now I don’t feel like staggering home

Won’t you give me a minute
Another drink to go with it
As I find the words to this song
About the cruel world and a sweet little girl
And how I left her all alone

But it’s not what it seems
I’m convinced, and I believe
She’s too good for me

I’m payin’ the price for some crooked advice
Guess I learned my lesson again
Yeah I gave her my heart right from the start
Now all I’ve got left is this pain

As the smoke clears the barkeeper appears
He says, “Son, best be on your way”
One more for the road, and one for the cold
And I raise this last toast in her name

Here’s to me, here’s to you
May your dreams all come true
You see I’m not too good for you

It’s two a.m. I don’t know where I’m going
And I don’t know what to do
Guess I’ll find myself a little park bench
And I’ll kill some time as I wait for you

No it’s not what it seems
I’m convinced, and I believe
Here’s to me, here’s to you
May your dreams all come true
You see I’m not too good for you

Crumbs

Written By: Dom Stasi

Rainy days are here at last
Them paychecks never disappeared so fast
Upside down in a house of cards
We're burnin' through the cash buried in our yards

Right down to the core, it's plain as day
Baseball, hot dogs, Chevrolet...

Everybody wants a piece of the American pie
We all want a slice of heaven, yet we don't want to die
There ain't enough filling for all the "Tom Thumbs"
These days it feels like I'm just scrapin' for crumbs

Poorly managed, managed anger
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger
We still have pride, and above all
Got faith, hope, and the greatest of them all

The bridge is out ahead, it's make or break
And all about the choices we make...

Everybody wants a piece of the American pie
We all want a slice of heaven, yet we don't want to die
There ain't enough filling for all them "Tom Thumbs"
These days it feels like I'm just scrapin’ for crumbs

Taken

Written By: Barney/Stasi

The other night
I had this silly little dream
You and I took first place at karaoke
Singing "Islands In The Stream"

Islands in the stream
Your sense of humor is a breeze
You took me past my weakest moments
And helped create new memories

We fell in love while the moonlight was fadin’
And I thank God for the way I was taken
Taken by the way you love me
There's no need to look anywhere else
Taken by the way you hold me
I don't want to hold anyone else

I close my eyes
To try and see what lies ahead
Just take my hand and believe in the prayer
Lord, give us each day our daily bread

We took a chance with the choice we were makin'
Now there's no doubt by the way we were taken
I was taken by the way you love me
There's no need to look anywhere else
Taken by the way you hold me
I don't want to hold anyone else

We took our vows, now the music is playin'
And I thank God for the way we were taken
Taken by the way you love me
There's no need to look anywhere else
Taken by the way you hold me
I don't want to hold anyone else