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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Surf Rock




"Vintage Kicks"

Suburban Sunshine EP out 3/1/14!! pick up a tape

"The Philly via Jersey outfit Vintage Kicks seem to be somewhere in between post and pop punk with their loose yet hasty jams. They have catchy stop time choruses ala The Strokes and vocalist Alex Marlys sounds, at moments, eerily similar to Philly veteran Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Flashy Python). He shows some teeth though with the raging, anthemic “King Geek”. They are a very new band (forming in May 2010), but already have an EP under their belt and have been playing a slew of shows since coming together. Read more about Vintage Kicks on

Similar Artists: Giant Masher | The Love Club | Warning Shot! | Bobby Cool And The Sluts | hard money - Portland Show-Guide

"NEW MUSIC: Vintage Kicks – “Big Ragoli”"

Here’s, “Big Ragoli”, the first single off the upcoming “Suburban Sunshine” EP from Vintage Kicks

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Your Local Note| Leave a comment
PUNK/SURF ROCK - Your Local Note

"Our Weekly Concert Picks: March 12-18"

Saturday, March 15: Vintage Kicks

Vintage Kicks are a Philly-based surf-punk band who write fun, jangly, low-stakes rockers perfect for summer BBQs or DIY house shows, and who will celebrate the release of their new EP, Suburban Sunshine (released on cassette, because they’re old-skool like that) this Saturday at KFN. Formed in 2010 by friends from Philly and Jersey, Vintage Kicks burst onto the scene with 2011’s King Geek, a spastic collection of punk- and emo-tinged ragers, that barreled forth with ragged guitar lines and front man Alex Marlys’s emphatic, screech-y vocals. Now, 2 ½ years later they’re back with Sunshine, which tempers some of their more aggressive tendencies in favor of sun-drenched rockers, inspired by rock star ambitions and life in the suburbs. “It’s about being a sad starving rock star in a suburb…it’s about suburban things everyone deals with, like cute chicks jogging past your house or bumping into people you don’t want to see at the local bar,” describes Maryls over email. Live, the fivesome is pure punk attitude and sweat—which means Saturday should be pretty epically shreddy. This is an early one, so plan accordingly. Just $5!

7:00 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $5. Tickets available at the door.

[VIDEO: "Jetty Jump"]

Kate Bracaglia, Music Blogger
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:12 PM -

"Dissociative Identity on Tue 3/11/14"

And we finally arrive at Week 10. Dissociative Identity is here on WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm for our last show of the quarter. Let’s make the most of our time together with two hours of postrock, math rock, garage rock, and stuff that grown ups don’t like including That Fucking Tank, Young Widows, Ceskl, The Mezingers, and of course a couple tracks from Loose Tooth, Ted Nguyent, Vintage Kicks (which, FYI, have an album release show in Philly this Sat), and Every. Well how stupendous. Praise the golden calf at Dissociative Identity Productions and provide your sacrifices to the almighty Tumblr/Facebook/Twitter/Youtube. I’ve visited NYC like a hundred times: I may as well be a native.

Cliff.DI - WKDU- Dissociative Identity

"Vintage Kicks"

Suburban Sunshine EP out 3/1/14!! pick up a tape

"The Philly via Jersey outfit Vintage Kicks seem to be somewhere in between post and pop punk with their loose yet hasty jams. They have catchy stop time choruses ala The Strokes and vocalist Alex Marlys sounds, at moments, eerily similar to Philly veteran Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Flashy Python). He shows some teeth though with the raging, anthemic “King Geek”. They are a very new band (forming in May 2010), but already have an EP under their belt and have been playing a slew of shows since coming together. Read more about Vintage Kicks on

Similar Artists: Giant Masher | The Love Club | Warning Shot! | Bobby Cool And The Sluts | hard money - Portland Show-Guide

"Vintage Kicks/Scooba – COPYCATS"

Bloomsbury Coalition is, well, “a badass collective of musicians and artists from the Delaware Valley.” Vintage Kicks and Scooba are, well, “surf-giants”. So what the hell is “COPYCATS“? COPYCATS is the first split by the two groups for Bloomsbury Coalition, featuring a newly written track by each. In addition, and what makes this a particularly memorable EP, is the fact that each group also performs and reinterprets an older track from the other group. Released on November 30, 2012, and recorded/mixed by Vintage Kicks‘ Chris Penny, COPYCATS stands out as a release which not only highlights two amazing groups from the Delaware Valley, but also their unique perspectives when handed foreign material.

The album opens with Vintage Kicks, performing their brand new single, “Cherry“. A deceitfully innocent tab followed by a ride through late 80′s garage-pop makes the track easy to love and, well, dance to (if I were not at work, I would probably start skanking in my tiny corner). Furthermore, the vocals bear the loveable sound of the new era of emo-rock meets post-hardcore, an always welcoming sign in my mind. “I Wish I Was Owen Wilson” follows, playing out as a, “cheeky letter to Owen Wilson about his career path but ends in total appreciation of the man.” Written by Scooba and reinterpreted by Vintage Kicks, “I Wish I Was Owen Wilson” actually does a damn good job. A recounting saga of success and failure, the hard hitting rhythm with the casually strolling percussion leads elegantly into a chorus of shouting, including a mid monologue which all but encompasses the message.

Scooba is up next with their new single, “Serious Lunch“. With a far heavier sound along with darker tinges, Scooba plays with “Serious Lunch” with a sound reminiscent to prog rock meeting post-hardcore. Odd, for sure, but certainly a frankly badass experience for any 90′s child to listen to. This message is best presented with their interpretation of Vintage Kicks‘ “Iron Fist“. With a “dark swirling atmosphere, reminiscent of Deerhunter or Joy Division” according to Bloomsbury Coalition, “Iron Fist” does play well off of a sound that is both hauntingly simple with a sense of minimalism yet intensive echo/distortion to fill through the nooks.

Point being, not only is the concept of the EP a brilliant idea, but each artist is able to add a significant dose of themselves to make the release a remarkable representation of both groups. This kind of task is far easier said than done so, to get a full appreciation, I would suggest attending the fundraiser, to assist a friend with leukemia, over at Studio Luloo in Oaklyn, NJ this Friday, December 21. So do yourself a favor: take a listen, hell grab a download (it’s name your own price anyways), but for sure catch them live this Friday to learn a little more. It’s a time worth having.

Vintage Kicks/Scooba – COPYCATS

Vintage Kicks


- Cliff
12/16/2012 · 11:48 AM - Dissociative Identity Productions

"Vintage Kicks bask in Suburban Sunshine, new EP due March 1st"

With a classic punk edge and Brit-pop appeal, Jersey’s Vintage Kicks are back with a brand new EP Suburban Sunshine. Set to arrive on March 1st, it follows their debut album King Geek which put them on the map back in 2011. Citing The Clash and Arctic Monkeys as influences, the band takes stylistic cues from both to develop a sound that’s new and familiar at the same time. To celebrate the new record, Vintage Kicks will play a release a show at Kung Fu Necktie. Get more details here and check out a new track “Big Ragoli” below.

February 26, 2014 | 12:46 PM | By Katrina Murray - WXPN- The Key

"New Vintage Kicks EP Available for Streaming & Purchase"

After taking some time off last year to write and record, Vintage Kicks have returned with another impressive new EP, Suburban Sunshine, which is inspired by iconic music groups like The Clash, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The seven-song release "encompasses the slaphappy life of the artists in modern suburbia," where it was recorded. You can listen to and purchase Suburban Sunshine below, which will also be available on limited edition cassettes with digital download.

Published: March 03, 2014 - The Deli Magazine

"Vintage Kicks release “Suburban Sunshine” EP"

On Saturday, Vintage Kicks released their latest EP, “Suburban Sunshine”
Grab it now!

Posted on March 4, 2014 - Your Local Note

"VINTAGE KICKS (podcast)"

Vintage Kicks is an up-and-coming rock group playing shows all around the city....these punk/surf rockers have already released the 10 song EP, “King Geek”, which they recorded and produced themselves. Within this podcast you will hear two brand new songs that will be added to their next album. We discussed the concept behind their first release as well as what motivates them to keep writing and performing. Leave your comments below and show these guys some love!

Posted on August 20, 2012 - Your Local Note

"VIDEO: Vintage Kicks"

“Nu Nu Niko” Music written and performed by Chris Penny Lyrics written and performed by Uncle Alex.

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Your Local Note| Leave a comment - Your Local Note

"NEW MUSIC: Vintage Kicks"

On Friday, November 30th Vintage Kicks will officially release the new split “COPYCATS” to the general public! The FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD will include 2 songs each from Bloomsbury Coalition surf-giants, Vintage Kicks and Scooba. Furthermore, the bands pay respect to one another with a reinterpretation of each others tunes. Hence the “COPYCATS” album title.

1. Cherry (VK)
2. I Wish I Was Owen Wilson (VK/scooba cover)
3. Serious Lunch (scooba)
4. Iron Fist (scooba/VK cover) - Your Local Note

"VIDEO: Vintage Kicks Live Session – Cherry"

Vintage Kicks performing “Cherry” as part of their Live Session Videos. There will be more to come in the weeks leading up to the release of their next album via Kat Kat Records. Expected in Summer 2013.

“Cherry is a song that we love to play live. It’s a hallmark of how the band has changed since our last album, King Geek. We’ve went from 6 piece to 4 piece, dropping one guitar and a keyboard along the way. Backup vocals are a brand new addition and we’ve put a lot of emphasis on those for the new album. All-in-all, Vintage Kicks have chiseled a less dense sound. No part goes unheard. Every sound corresponds to a band member and it makes for a bunch of cartoon-ish anthems. We are looking forward to releasing our album for the Summer of 2013 and we hope all our people in Philly, South Jersey and beyond love it.” – Chris Penny, Vintage Kicks’ guitarist/producer - Your Local Note

"This Week in Philly"

Vintage Kicks Record Release Show – Punk band Vintage Kicks release their second EP, Suburban Sunshine, at Kung Fu Necktie.

This Week in Philly
By Philly PR Girl March 10, 2014 - Philly PR Girl

"This Week in Philly"

Daikaiju and Vintage Kicks at KungFu Necktie – Local band Vintage Kicks host a fun night of music. You have to check out this crazy, high energy, action packed band called Daikaiju – If you like good music, and a good show, you should go.
Wednesday, November 6th - Philly PR Girl

"Nytt från Vintage Kicks"

Vintage Kicks från New Jersey och Philadelphia har spelat in en ny video till titelspåret King geek, som är taget från debutalbumet som släpptes i september förra året.

This entry was posted in Blogg and tagged Video, Vintage Kicks on March 20, 2012 by Lukin. - Lukinzine

"Vintage Kicks hyllar MCA"

New Jersey- och Philadelphiabandet Vintage Kicks har spelat in en hyllning till den nyligen bortgångna Adam “MCA” Yauch, genom att göra en egen version av låten I don’t know från Beastie Boys-skivan Hello Nasty.

This entry was posted in Blogg and tagged Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys, MCA, Stream, Vintage Kicks on May 8, 2012 by Lukin. - Lukinzine

"Nytt från Vintage Kicks"

Det osnutna bandet, Vintage Kicks, med lika stora delar New Jersey som Philadelphia i sig har släppt en ny låt vid namn Bad News Broski.

This entry was posted in Blogg and tagged Stream, Vintage Kicks on July 11, 2012 by Lukin. - Lukinzine

"Nytt från Vintage Kicks"

Surf/punk/garagerockarna Vintage Kicks streamar nu sin nya EP Suburban Sunshine i sin helhet.

This entry was posted in Blogg and tagged Stream, Vintage Kicks on March 4, 2014 by Lukin. - Lukinzine

"Daily Downloads (Wooden Wand, Eternal Tapestry, and more)"

Vintage Kicks: free and legal King Geek album [mp3]
search for more Vintage Kicks posts at Largehearted Boy - Large Hearted Boy

"Noontime Nuggetz: Local Band Salutes MCA"

Here’s locals Vintage Kicks, covering dearly departed Adam Yauch aka MCA‘s “I Don’t Know,” off the Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty. Says the groop: “MCA was and will continue to be a huge inspiration to Vintage Kicks, both musically and politically.”
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 - Philebrity

"フリーダウンロード 2012/04/10"

Vintage Kicks
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"Vintage Kicks - King Geek"

Vintage Kicks combine an eclectic mix of musical styles on their new album King Geek. If you are into surf, indie, dance, punk or straight up rock music you will want to give this a listen.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - Pizza Friends

"Philly Year End Poll- 2012"

We’ve tallied the results for the Open Submissions stage of our Philly Year End Poll. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other cities, and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local jurors very soon.

Thanks to all the rad folks who submitted their hearts and souls to us. Our open submissions pool was truly a celebration of Philly’s talent and diversity.

Total submissions from Philly: 88
Qualified to the final phase of the Philly Year End Poll:

1. Turning Violet Violet - 8.33 (out of 10)
2. Ghost Light - 8.16
2. The Districts - 8.16
4. Arrah and the Ferns - 8
4. Sonni Shine & The Underwater Sounds - 8
6. Nothing - 7.83
6. Modern Inventors - 7.83
8. Heyward Howkins - 7.66
8. Ton-Taun - 7.66
8. You You Dark Forest - 7.66
8. Willow Talk - 7.66
8. Eskimeaux - 7.66

Honorable Mentions (score above 7)

FLOTE (Electronic), Railroad Fever (Americana), Thee, Idea Men (Alt Rock), Vintage Kicks (Post Punk), June Divided (Alt Rock), The Chairman Dances (Indie Pop), The Stammer (Indie Rock), W.C. Lindsay (Electro Pop), Ruby the Hatchet (Alt Rock), Sudan (Hip Hop), AVRA (Indie Rock), Goodnight Lights (Indie Rock), Hectic Zeniths (Electronic), Toy Cannons (New Wave), True Gold (Psych Rock), Bleeding Fractals (Post Punk), Favor the Brave (Prog Metal), Ghost in the Valley (Post Punk), Psychic Teens (Post Punk), The THANGS (Electro Hop), The Tweeds (Psych Rock)

Jurors: Benjamin Toledo (Deli Portland), Lucy Sherman (Deli NYC), Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC)

Published: January 09, 2013 - The Deli Magazine

"Vintage Kicks:: “Jetty Jump”"


Vintage Kicks have a new EP set for release in March 2012.

Friday December 16, 2011 - Parasites & Sycophants

"Philly Spotlight: Hop Along, Vintage Kicks, Sic Bacchus"

Every once in a while there comes an album that really wants to get people off their feet. Vintage Kicks’ King Geek does just that, and pulls it off with a kind of vigor that isn't seen too often anymore. Vocalist Alex Marlys chants his way through songs as if he’s invoking a rally cry, and in a way, he is. The core of the album seems to center on the ideas of rebellion and repression, and Marlys doesn’t take to the issues lightly, with tracks such as Absolutely Crazy and Iron Fist taking most of the heat. Messages aside, the band does a great job of combining pop, punk and even some surf influences together within their music. That and a couple of loose, catchy choruses make King Geek an album that demands to be heard, and rightfully so. Check out the album here!

Friday, February 22, 2013 - Creative Edge Music

"Vintage Kicks – “I Don’t Know” (Tribute to MCA)"

Philadelphia’s progressive-surf-post-pop-indie-rock-punk (???) band Vintage Kicks have released a cover version of the Beastie Boys tune “I Don’t Know”, in honor of the recently deceased Adam “MCA” Yauch.

You can check it out right here.

Also, take a look at these other great Beastie Boys covers by Bomb The Music Industry!, and Pennywise.

Posted by Vitor Viana on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM (PST) - The Dying Scene

"Vintage Kicks premiere music video for new song “Even Out”"

Philadelphia’s progressive-surf-post-pop-indie-rock-punk (???) band Vintage Kicks have premiered a music video for a brand new song called “Even Out” and you can check it out right here.

The band last released their debut album “King Geek” in September 2011.

If you’re looking for something different I suggest you give it a listen right here, where you can also download the entire thing for FREE.
Posted by Johnny X on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM (PST) - The Dying Scene

"Music Video: Vintage Kicks – “King Geek”"

Philadelphia’s progressive-surf-post-pop-indie-rock-punk (???) band Vintage Kicks have premiered a music video for their song “King Geek” and you can check it out right here.

The video is meant as a prequel to the “Jetty Jump” video, which the band released back in November, and which you can watch here.

The song appears as the title track on the band’s recently released debut album “King Geek”, which was released back in September 2011.

If you’re looking for something different I suggest you give it a listen right here, where you can also download the entire thing for FREE.

The band is currently working on a new EP tentatively titled “Math And Science” slated for a release date sometime this month.
Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM (PST) - The Dying Scene

"Music Video: Vintage Kicks – “Jetty Jump”"

Philadelphia’s progressive-surf-post-pop-indie-rock-punk (???) band Vintage Kicks have premiered a music video for their song “Jetty Jump” and you can check it out right here.

The song appears on the band’s recently released debut album “King Geek” and if you’re looking for something different I suggest you give it a listen right here where you can also download the entire thing for free.

The band is currently working on a new EP tentatively titled “Math And Science” slated for release March, 2012. Posted by Johnny X on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM (PST) - The Dying Scene

"Vintage Kicks post new song – Bad News Broski"

Philly band, Vintage Kicks, have posted their new song “Bad News Broski.” You can check it out here.

The band last released their debut album “King Geek” in September 2011.

Posted by Kelce Coon on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM (PST) - The Dying Scene

"Vintage Kicks/Scooba releasing split EP “Copycats”"

Philly punk band Vintage Kicks and Scooba will be releasing their split EP “Copycats” this coming Friday. The split features one original track and one cover by each band. Check out the tracklisting here.

Vintage Kicks last released their debut album “King Geek” in 2011.
Posted by hayley on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM (PST) - The Dying Scene

"Vintage Kicks (Philly punk) announce new album, “Suburban Sunshine”"

Philly punks Vintage Kicks are back, boys and girls!

The band have got a brand new EP, “Suburban Sunshine,” ready to go. It’ll be available for digital release this coming Saturday (March 1st) at their bandcamp page. It’s not up yet, so click here and bookmark it. Also available will be a limited number of cassette tapes.

Vintage Kicks’ last release, “King Geek,” was put out back in 2011. - The Dying Scene

"Vintage Kicks/KING GEEK"

#2011無料DLベスト 8.Vintage Kicks/KING GEEK 60年代ロックに影響を受けたらしい、只管にロックな作品。ラカンターズと目指す先は同じかもしれない。楽曲はキャッチー、細部まで作りこまれていて完成度高い。 - Togetter

"Vintage Kicks:: “Gimmie Gimmie”"

The video for “Gimmie Gimmie” was directed by Jason Christopher. The track comes off the album King Geek, available for inspection here. - Parasites & Sycophants

"Vintage Kicks Will Play for New Sneaks at Tritone Oct. 13"

The Philly via Jersey outfit Vintage Kicks seem to be somewhere in between post and pop punk with their loose yet hasty jams. They have catchy stop time choruses ala The Strokes and vocalist Alex Marlys sounds, at moments, eerily similar to Philly veteran Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Flashy Python). He shows some teeth though with the raging, anthemic “King Geek”. They are a very new band (forming in May 2010), but already have an EP under their belt called The Empyre of the Sun and have been playing a slew of shows since coming together. Vintage Kicks’ newer songs display a band that is already maturing in their sound and starting to create charming rock songs that show plenty of promise. They will be opening a FREE show at Tritone tonight with Jersey horror punk band Whiskey Spider. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, Free, 21+ - Adam G. - The Deli Magazine

"Flamingo, Caterpillar, and Vintage Kicks live at Kung Fu Necktie review"

Last Saturday, Kung Fu Necktie hosted three local bands with three distinct styles. First up was Vintage Kicks, a Philly-by-way-of-Jersey band that plays catchy punk tunes with razor-wire guitars, vintage-emulation keyboards, and dance beats. The most immediately striking part of Vintage Kicks’ live show is the completely committed performance of singer Alex Marlys. Although he bears a passing resemblance to Ezra Koenig, he has none of that singer’s studied mannerisms or polite phrasing, aiming instead for an unhinged yowl that brings to mind a combination of The Rapture’s Luke Jenner and Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano at his angriest. Like Gano, Marlys writes from the perspective of an angry outsider, using bone-dry sarcasm to attack his targets, and on “King Geek,” he rages, “The weak will be buried and the Geeks shall inherit the meek / And you’re weak!” There is something a little... -Maxwell Furman -

"Well-aged Vintage Kicks at Tritone May 20"

Well-aged Vintage Kicks at Tritone May 20. Tonight Tritone will host Philadelphia-by-way-of-Jersey retro-pop-punk posse Vintage Kicks. Those who cringe at the mention of pop-punk, fear not. This group is wise beyond its one year of existence. The Philly fivesome has created a seamless fusion of 60s pop-rock and post-punk/electronicore. Vintage Kicks play percussion-infused jangly rock and stitches it with a thread of punk attitude bringing on a ringing emotional edge. Alex Ebert meets Jesse Lacey in this fuzzed-out and harshly crooned rock ‘n’ roll - a well-aged pop-punk. Also joining them on the bill are Andrej the Giant, Midwest Skies, and Dot Square. Tritone, 1508 South St., Philadelphia, PA, 9pm, $7, 21+ - Jules Friedland - The Deli Magazine

"Vintage Kicks"

Thursday: With a sound that befits their name quite well, Vintage Kicks know how to rock the joint. The band, whose members come from Philadelphia and New Jersey, take on rock n’ roll as it’s been translated throughout generations. Rushing rhythms and crashing guitars might conjure images of punk rock at first, but closer listens reveal a love for the tautly-arranged music of today. After all, everything new becomes vintage eventually. 9 p.m., $8, w/ Grandy, Robots And Racecars & Explosion House,Trocadero Balcony, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888. -Eric Schuman - City Paper

"Vintage Kicks – King Geek"

For a debut album these guys surprised me and I fucking hate surprises. But thankfully this one was a great one… Slowly ease your mind and dream of Clap Your Hands and mash them up (like potatoes and butter) with some good ol’ surf punk and you get Vintage Kicks. King Geek takes you back to a time when music was actually good (not saying music now isn’t, but come on… Foster the People fuckin’ blows…). Despite having a few problems with some of their instrumentation choices, i overall loved this album. It’s worth a listen if you enjoy dancing with or with a friend. As for me I will be dancing solo! (insert creepy wink here). Listen to the title track “King Geek” below! -Mike Baurer - Folk You Philly

"this is rock: philly’s vintage kicks"

just the sound of this band’s name sounds cool, right? yeah. vintage kicks – it conjours up the promise of eternal youth and the oft reckless rawkingness that comes with being young and into music and into rock. when you put the band’s debut record on, the lovable and flammable king geek it more than delivers on the promise. vintage kicks have come to rock and leave it all on the table.

kicks formed in the spring of 2010. the album was made by jeff bang on keyboards +, chris penny on guitar/strings, mark walter on drums and alex marlys on lead vocals. alex writes the lyrics. they have a bass player named tyler jo pass, but he didn’t play on the album. they’ve released a record for free that joe strummer would be proud of that you can download here.

in it’s too short 28 minutes, vintage kicks pack a lot of music and sounds into its songs. from the first few seconds the band literally comes out screaming. lead singer alex marlys has a commanding voice and he knows how to work the songs to full effect. he can sing out front of a song (“Iron Fist,”) and sit back and burst out when he needs to make his point on songs like on the incredibly anthemic “jetti jump.” the music comes with sweeping sing along choruses, swirling keyboards added in to the mix (put to excellent use on “blood boogie,”) and guitars that soar with some tasty post-punk intricacy (“absolutely crazy!”). and the band can swing with a rhythm section that puts the kick in the kicks.

vintage kicks work in a post-punk continuum with inventive, engaging, and slamming results. the album’s high energy keeps you tuned in throughout all ten songs and leaves you wanting more. if you’re a fan of bands like titus andronicus, a little blink 182, the clash, le pixies, then you should check this. what i’m loving about this band’s record is that it sounds like many things i’ve heard before like this that i love. yet it sounds nothing like any of those things i’ve heard before. i can put my finger on it, but i can’t. whatever influences they’ve got, they’ve distilled them in to a unique whole. the band plays in philly next wed night at the north star bar. below, download the album. -Bruce Warren - Some Velvet Blog

"Vintage Kicks & Levee Drivers Welcome the Darkness at JB’s March 1"

Vintage Kicks & Levee Drivers Welcome the Darkness at JB’s March 1 “Do you welcome the darkness?” is one of the lines in “Jetty Jump” off the album King Geek from Philly-based pop-punk outfit Vintage Kicks. Their music, at first listen, sounds heavy and somewhat cluttered as if there may be too much going on. However, the clutter isn’t a mess; it’s the result of the complexity of a bunch of pieces that are not half-hazardly thrown together. Rather, these segments are the building blocks created by the band’s influences. The edgy simplified garage-rock feel of the White Stripes meets easy groove of the Ventures and Weezer. Throw in raw emotional vocals of lead-singer Alex Marlys and a spacey neo-psychedelic touch, this group conjures up something that listeners can appreciate. -Michael Colavita - The Deli Magazine

"Band Highlight: Vintage Kicks"

If you have not heard the South Jersey based dance-rock/surf-punk band, Vintage Kicks, now is the time to get to it! The five guys put on an energetic show and their music is fun and lively. Check out their tunes here! Their music fits the band’s name and leaves you wanting more. I had the opportunity to get an exclusive with the members and know all their inns-and-outs. Chris Penny is the founder and leader of Vintage Kicks. His vision of a dance-rock/surf-punk musical super force has been the central idea behind Vintage Kicks (VK) since their forming. He plays guitar and sings backup. Chris enjoys cymatics and media theory. Alex Marlys, “King Geek,” is the grungy front man with an angry disposition. As lead singer and lyrics contributor of the VK, he has a bone-dry, sarcastic, and commanding voice with witty thought out lyrics that attract many-a-fan. Jeff Peiffer, “Doctor Bang,” is the keyboardist of the group.... -Lauren Zapata - 24 Beats Blogs

"The Key Studio Sessions: Vintage Kicks"

Five piece pop-punk group Vintage Kicks rocks out with an irreverent mix of regional pride and self-deprication that’s unique to the Philly area in general, South Jersey in specific. As boisterous as the handful of tracks recorded for their Key Studio Session were, I love how much they also felt honest and reflective: the bit in “Gimmie Gimmie” about the cost of a history degree versus a job as a waiter; the biting fun of the forthcoming single “Bad News Broski”; the righteous defeatism of “King Geek.” That last one is also the title track to their debut full length, a record whose jagged guitars and bouncing synths made it a favorite around The Key last year. It splits the difference between Devo and Blink-182, if you will, and the band as a live unit is tight and full of energy. Check out the tracks below, and catch Vintage Kicks in concert this Friday, June 29, at World Cafe Live.” -John Vettesse - WXPN The Key

"Local Radar: Vintage Kicks"

The term "geek rock", at least to me, always conjured up images of sweater-vest wearing, bespectacled nerds bent over their guitars, offering nasal-y, lovesick anthems (see: Rivers Cuomo). It seems appropriate enough, since all geeks are naturally whine-y, nasal-y weaklings, who might be crushed under the weight of an electric guitar..Geeks in Philadelphia just wanna rock. Enter Vintage Kicks, a hard-hitting, punk-rock 5-some whose debut record King Geek (2011) offers the sort of bitter, volatile ragers that sound best blasted on full-volume, and make me want to smash shit every time i listen. Drawing on post- and garage punk (think: The Pixies, Hot Snakes, Murder City Devils) with a tinge of emo (Piebald, The Promise Ring) and references to "Judas," "Rick Ocasek" and "my senior thesis," Vintage Kicks make music that seems perfectly crafted for New York Times-reading rebels and Spring Fling at Pilam. Tunes like "Absolutely Crazy" ricochet with fiery angst, while "Jetty Jump" matches... -Kate Bracaglia - Underwater Explosions

"Today’s Debut Band: Vintage Kicks"

Today on Brain Office at 5pm ET we bring you Vintage Kicks. A cool name, and according to the many positive reviews on Reverbnation, the music is equally cool. These guys have only been around for a year and a half, and they’ve already got a long list of shows in the Philly area along with their first album King Geek. The album was just released and they have a big release show this Friday at Legendary Dobbs on South St. If you can’t wait that long, check out their Bandcamp page and get your own copy now. Better yet, tune in to brain Office today at 5pm and let us know what you think of the songs. Vote on everything we play with our thumbs up/down buttons on the player and on our Android/iPhone apps. This will help us determine how often you hear Vintage Kicks. Also, just in time for their release show, Vintage Kicks released a video on YouTube for their song Gimmie Gimmie. Check it out, then tune at 5pm!” _Dustin - Gashouse Radio

"Artist Spotlight – Vintage Kicks"

Vintage Kicks are someone I love to talk about and support. The Philadelphia-based surf-punk band has a sound comparable to that of Wavves and Washed Out among quite a few others; yet, they maintain a clearly unique sound at the same time. This year, we’ve hosted them at the University of Pennsylvania twice, and they absolutely brought down the house both times. If you’re from the great city of brotherly love, and you see these guys playing a show, we urge you to go out and see their show (and also tell us about it please!). They currently have only one LP out, titled King Geek and it is available for FREE on their Band Camp. However, they have also set up a Blogspot so that their fans (including us) are able to follow their progress on a new (currently untitled) EP, which is slated for a 2012 release. In fact, on the blog, just yesterday, they released a new track, “Even Out” along with an official music video for the song. The track is now also available on their Band Camp with the “name your own price” option (but please, support these guys and give a donation)! Definitely keep your eyes out for the new release from these guys, but for now, let the sunshine crank and these tunes jam. Enjoy! - Funkadelphia

"Vintage Kicks release new single for “Bad News Broski”"

Vintage Kicks release new single for “Bad News Broski" (Playing Level Room)-- Philly pop-punk five-piece Vintage Kicks just released its latest digital single, “Bad News Broski” – a synth-driven rocker you first heard as a live recording in its recent Key Studio Session. The music was recorded in the band’s home studio, and as the Kicks describe it, “The song is about the band’s ideology and how artistic or intellectual pursuit can damage relationships. The lyrics sneak in references to Devo, Nirvana, and Weezer.” You can download the track below, and catch Vintage Kicks in concert this Friday July 13 at The Level Room with Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen – who recently joined MxPx onstage at the Troc for a righteous rendition of “Punk Rock Girl.” Vintage Kicks, Joe Jack Talcum, The Bastards of Fate and Ugh God play The Level Room, 2102 E. Market St., Fri. July 13. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.” -John Vettesse - WXPN The Key

"Kung Fu Necktie Celebrates Its 4-Year Anniversary w/Vintage Kicks Sept. 10"

Phonographic Arts will be helping Kung Fu Necktie celebrate its 4-year anniversary tonight! Headlining the evening are post/pop-punkers Vintage Kicks. The local five-piece has been bringing audiences to a frenzy with razor-sharp guitars and the impassioned vocals of lead singer Alex Marlys. The band is a Deli fave, and will also be the featured artist at PhilaMOCA on September 25 for our final Tuesday Tune-Out. They’ll be sharing this evening’s celebratory bill with fellow Philly rockers The Chelsea Kills, Alabama’s Daikaiju, and South Jersey’s The Flyswatters. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Alexis V. - The Deli Magazine

"Vintage Kicks"

Vintage Kicks sing about everything from the 1 percent and Wall Street to surfing gnarly waves with a catchy, pop-punk infused chorus-verse-chorus formula overflowing with “hey, hey’s!” and “oh, uh-oh’s.” Slightly reminiscent of that ’90’s “What’s My Age Again?” trio, this Philly five-piece formed less than two years ago, but you’d never know it giving a listen to their seasoned-sounding 10-song EP, King Geek. Despite their youth, Vintage Kicks know when to pay respects to a fallen source of inspiration. As evidence, see their recently released YouTube video of the keyboard-heavy cover of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s “I Don’t Know,” and dance to the revamped classic. -Gabrielle Chepurny - Philadelphia Weekly


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Vintage Kicks are a 5-piece band from Philadelphia, PA and South Jersey. The group's musical style primarily consists of traditional punk with an emphasis on surf, as well as elements of dance rock. Although their songs are often lyrically opinionated, their main objective has always been to create fun music and make people dance.

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