OFFICER KICKS - DOG DAY RUSH
(First release iTunes download / Ltd CD on Redemption Records. Taken from the forthcoming album THE SIX GRAND PLOT) + UK TOUR DATES
Newer wave rock anthem, Dog Day Rush, is a fitting introduction to Officer Kicks who are currently building a fine reputation amongst audiences and the hot acts of the moment, as well as rock n roll's old guard. Writing "Infuriatingly catchy songs" (Independent On Sunday) and being hailed "One of the best live bands I have ever seen" (Dave Berry, MTV) , they are becoming addictive as word gets around...
2007 has already seen Officer Kicks tour with Jack Penate, adding to their previous shows with Nine Black Alps, The Holloways, and Lethal Bizzle as well as Club NME dates and a return to Secret Garden Party Festival (which they stormed).
Mani (Primal Scream/Stone Roses) had them in to record a live session for his Manchester radio show and Xfm (including a Single Of The Week) is among radio already giving Officer Kicks upfront airplay.
Dog Day Rush tells the all too familiar tale of everyman's struggle with commuting, bad jobs and shitty wages, complete with big chanty sing-along choruses and sparky humour. Such cheeky tomfoolery dominates the lyrics, stage performance, life and general demeanour of Officer Kicks; Keith Wickham (drums), Jamie Scallion (vocals), Mike Skill (bass) and Fisher (guitar).
Having played music together as mates since school, this South London gang are tight as brothers. With high aspirations and an effervescent collective spirit, they live the rock n roll dream they envisaged together when they formed the band. They write hooky as hell, good time new wave rock and play every show as if it were a bawdy house party going down whilst your parents are out of town.
Fisher and Skill lead the vanguard of excess within the band, Jamie was a frontrunner until his liver packed up. Fisher's lung collapsed during a sound check, but believing it was a touch of asthma, his fellow members prescribed him a triple Jack Daniels and a cigarette. Two serious operations and a fortnight in hospital later, one of his testicles exploded during a gig on a boat... Somehow still in one piece, Officer Kicks are bringing their chipper songs to your radio waves and theatre near you;
DOG DAY RUSH AROUND THE UK... 2007
psst... for a 30 seconds glimpse of audience reaction to pre-release Officer Kicks... check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqTXadNxJzc
2nd October - ROCKLANDS New Cross Inn
(Artful Festival even t/ home turf tour launch)
3rd October - LONDON Water Rats
(8pm show! - contact the band for discount entry guest list)
4th October - DUNDEE Doghouse
5th October - GLASGOW Firewater (Horror Show)
6th October - FIFE The Greenside, Leslie
13th October - LONDON Nambucca, Holloway N7
16th October - CAMBRIDGE Barfly with Soho Dolls
17th October - LINCOLN The Cell
20th October - MANCHESTER Blue Cat
1st November - LONDON Water Rats Theatre (End Of Tour Party).
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