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"10 Ten Unsigned Bands in Orange County"

Kick Starter is from Long Beach, which we've annexed to Orange County because so many bands are based there and LA doesn't pay it much attention. We spun their tape on our box just after we got back from a field trip to the folkie-riddled Lilith Fair, which could have used a band with a fraction of Kick Starter's energy, even if it is all-male. They play the kind of old-school punk that used to crank out of CBGB's in 1976-you know, the good kind of punk before it devolved into speed metal back in the early '80s. They have an obvious lust for the Ramones (which scores big points with us), and their beefy guitars, booming drums, rubber-band bass and Chris Ban's classic, nasal whine percolate wonderfully together like a morning carafe of gourmet coffee. Their garage-level simplicity also convinces you that anyone can be in a band, and wasn't that demystification part of what punk was all about? - Orange County Weekly


Hanging on B-Street 7inch (Pelado Records)
1. Hanging on B-Street
2. Feeling in the Wine
3. Leavin' Scars
4. Too Bad

1. Since Yesterday
2. Jody's On Junk
3. Ten Pound Hammer
4. Pool Hall Hustler
5. Bitter Rotten Pill
6. Phone the Ambulance
7. Leavin Scars



Whether you call it glam, sleaze, trash, punk, or bluesy hard rock. KICKSTARTER plays it loud, fast, rebellious, aggressive and downright nasty. KICKSTARTER combines the sights and sounds of early 80s glam with late 70s punk and a healthy dose of blues. KICKSTARTER was formed in the mid 1990's in Long Beach, California (as a power trio) and fronted by San Francisco transplant and guitarist/vocalist Chris Ban. KICKSTARTER was a staple on the Hollywood club scene appearing often at: The Coconut Teazer (Glitter and Glam Fest bills), The Roxy and at local punk hangout The Clipper in Long Beach on PCH. Orange County Weekly named KICKSTARTER one of the top 10 unsigned bands in the area which then led to the 1998 release of the "Hangin On B Street" EP (Recorded by Kenny Diamond who worked with The US Bombs) on Pat Grindstaffs Costa Mesa punk label Pelado Records. KICKSTARTER is now based in San Francisco. KICKSTARTER is:Danny Dee (lead vocals), Sean Lavelle (guitar) Alex Aldrich (drums) and Chris Ban (bass). KICKSTARTER has a new CD out now on Excelsior Records and have receiving airplay on: 107.7 FM The Bone, KZSU, UC Radio podcast, The Rock & Roll Jew Show, and on FM radio in Spain. KICKSTARTER has played shows with: Bang Tango, The Grannies, Flexx Bronco, Foxy Roxx, Smogtown, Freight Train, Diamond Lane, The Corrupters, Guttersluts, The Lincolns, Generation Swine, The Mistakes, 76 Charger, Tijuana Gasser, BITE, Rubber Side Down, Rebel Rebel, Spiders & Snakes, Cobretti, and Revlon Red among others. KICKSTARTER will be featured in Classic Rock Magazine's May, 2007 issue.