"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. "- Bp Fallon


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.


Currently recording a full length debut on Serious Business Records.

Demo tracks at :

Set List

We usually do about 12- 15 songs, mostly originals with the occassional covers here and there.
Our covers include some stuff by Johnny Thunders, Furry Lewis, and the Pogues.
Our set usually last about 30 minutes up to 45 if need be.