The belief in the songs and live performance has drawn both critical and personal acclaim from all quarters. After two years creating their first album, touring UK and abroad to hone their live show and winning the seeds of a following, Dog Day Rush ("the credit crunch anthem") was a fitting DiY introduction to Officer Kicks released at the end of 2007. They had already played shows with Jack Penate, , The Couteeners, Nine Black Alps, The Holloways, Lethal Bizzle, Club NME dates the view and more. Mani (Primal Scream/Stone Roses) had them in to record a live session for his Manchester radio show and Xfm (Single Of The Week, session, interview etc) gave them early air play. Danny McNamara of Embrace staged them at :Proud Gallery.
Both artists would invite them back, more than once. 2008 got even busier with the release of the single, Pictures Of Me, and the album, The Six Grand Plot summer, they became real contenders. Despite being unsigned and without a booking agent they pulled off national radio play and press, slots at Glastonbury, Bestival and The Secret Garden Party plus some amazing reactions. They signed to independent label, We Make Things and also got a distribution deal in Japan. After rounding off the year at In The City, the UK's music industry convention, they found themselves invited back to Manchester a week later at the request of The Hoosiers, who had caught them live. Officer Kicks made a triumphant appearance supporting at The Apollo - their biggest indoor set to date then got the same amazing reactions around the country on the road with them.
If you want your audience warmed up... Since the first LP was released, the live show was a mix of tunes from The Six Grand Plot and new songs for the second album. They ended the year creating a rock masterpiece, Citywide Curfew in Soho's Dean Street Studios. It's not due for release until early 2010 but has already done them even more favours pre release, making 2009 the most exciting for Officer Kicks yet from playing Sweden's biggest festival, Peace & Love (on the same bill as Motley Crue whose roadies plied OK with spirits at the hotel), and then supporting Jarvis Cocker on the main stage of Secret Garden Party. In August they played their first instore set at Carnaby Street's flagship store, Merc then later that evening headlining The Borderline, three nights at the Harley Davidson Rock Festival (back by request) in Austria and a debut tour of Ireland supporting The Script that found them a whole new following to swell the Kicks Army. They'd also been a Q Magazine pick, played Balcony TV and had the first single from Citywide Curfew - The Kraken - released.
Their most successful to date, with TV and radio play, interviews etc. The feedback from music fans was that their small social network following and YouTube plays doubled between Summer and the end of 2009 when they were invited out as special guests by Juliette Lewis to support on all her UK dates. Entertaining on and off stage, Officer Kicks are currently attracting attention as the rock'n'roll antidote to the recession blues. This year they are under the radar but somewhere over the rainbow. The band are known for inviting music fans along the ride.
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