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The best kept secret in music


""Ask yourself - what do you really want in a rock show?""

The second band to play was balls-out rockers Kickstart who came on and kicked serious ass the entire time. Their sound is a little bit of rockabilly, little bit punk, and a lot of fucking rock and roll. No wonder I drank so much whiskey during their set. Ask yourself - what do you really want in a rock show? Loud screaming guitar players booming with a touch of danger and lots of sweat? A kick ass chick on drums? A three piece that can make your ears bleed and leave you smiling and exhausted from their set? If you answered yes to any of those questions I suggest checking Kickstart live or on MySpace. Do it now. -

"... that's classic punk, mate! ... innit?"

Our friend Travis from Serious Business swears by this band, calling it "the most dangerous rock band in NYC", so we thought we might give it a shot. The guys are obviously into punk... Think Sex Pistols with an abrasive voiced tenor singer and harmonies a la Pixies. Gosh, I spotted a British accent there for a second, mate! When they all stop during the break at the end and scream something related to "fuck"... that's classic punk, mate! ... innit? - PDG
P.S. Yes, there IS a naked woman on stage with the guitarist in that tiny picture... go to the band's website for a larger version of it - or to the band's next show for the real thing! Ladies, the guitarist is pretty hot too, in that Italian wifebeater! Dangerous indeed, Travis! - Deli Magazine

""they perform catchy, noisy, rockabilly-tinged songs""

"...they're called Kickstart, and they perform catchy, noisy, rockabilly-tinged songs that make you want to drink brown liquors, smoke cigarettes, and do all kinds of naked sweaty things until the sun comes up and you have to drag yourself to work." - dubsued blogspot

""the true hearts of rock and roll""

"Kickstart carry the true heart of rock'n'roll in their collective chests. Contagious punk pop ditties rocking LAMF, Mary thrashing her drums with a grin on her face that sparkles, Eric roaring into his mic and punishing his guitar splendidly, Bass enigmatic like a young Roy Orbison. You are here." -

"" I don't pogo but Kickstart makes me.""

".....(next was) Kickstart and their sweaty rock & roll spectacle of veins a'bulgin', fake blood sporting pogo induction. I should clarify that I don't pogo but Kickstart makes me." -


Currently recording a full length debut on Serious Business Records.

Demo tracks at :


Feeling a bit camera shy


Sexy, gutsy and irresponsibly loud, Kickstart have been together since 2003, playing contagious bare-basics rock and roll that gives you the chills. Legendary DJ/scenester/artist BP Fallon describes the band as carrying "the true heart of rock'n'roll in their collective chests." For Kickstart fans throughout New York and the UK nothing could be closer to the truth. This band exudes authenticity, and they boast the fuck-all attitude, sound and most importantly, the songs to back up BP’s claim.

The songs are written by gravel-throated singer/guitarist Eric Strickler. As a 6 year old, Strickler, the son of nomadic 60s-hippies-turned-70s-Christian missionaries, was dumb-struck by images of Otis Redding on the TV, sweaty and possessed at Monterey. At this pivotal moment, terrified and captivated by Otis’ frenzy, his fate was sealed. Strickler’s sensibilities are deeply rooted in classic good-stuff, from Otis to Hank to the Misfits, and his voice is equal parts Howlin’ Wolf, psycho-Elvis and Jon Spencer. Every song he writes is an anthem.

Making anthems ain’t easy. Lucky for Eric, his bandmates are specialists. Mary Gatlin thrashes her drums with precision and a perennial sparkling smile. Fletcher holds down the bass rumble with egoless panache. Both offer loyal "ohhhhs" and "yeahs" and backing roars. The sound of the band, like so much great rock, is a runaway freight train. On stage, they are primal, dangerous, undeniably fun. On record, they are all this and more, unafraid to explore uncharted sonic territory, aiming to find a permanent home in your rock-lover’s heart.

Kickstart is currently preparing their debut Serious Business full length. They will continue to tour, drink considerable quantities of Bushmill’s and hustle your ass at the poker table in support of this release. They are set to return to the UK in Fall '06.