Those Kickstarts are two guys with abnormal amounts of energy. Separately, they both stem from singer/ songwriter origins, but together, the punch fuels itself. Like two caged animals that have learned to work together to gain their captor’s attention.
Determined to have a good time here on earth, they will play to any audience. Captive, or otherwise. Like last summer when they strapped their gear tho the top of a slowly sinking yacht, and stormed Big Foot Beach in Lake Geneva. Or last winter when they used their instruments to fight prostate cancer, these guys hate cancer.
Shmo and his violent swings of mood and clarity writes the lyrics and guitar parts.The inner struggle becomes evident with the song “Don’t know me” a warning to anyone thinking of befriending him. If you dissect songs like “Destiny Schmestiny”, you’ll find irony of a true story, and in “Diamond Slack Handler” there is a man that longs for the chance to lose something wonderful. All of the songs leave room for interpretation, and some are downright aloof.
Kickstart Bart was quoted in the early stages of the band as saying, “I’m just happy to be a part of something”. Well then, he must be thrilled to be 50% of an audible rope-a-dope like Those Kickstarts. He doesn’t hide in the back shadows like most drummers. No, he is front and as close to center as the stage will allow. He won’t hide from you sonically either. From strict driving cadences, to dangling anticipation, to weed wacker speed, machine gun fills and stops. Oh the stops! They are perfectly placed and have more impact than actual impact.
And interestingly enough (and if you are still reading, you must be interested) they do this all without ANY drugs or alcohol. It’s just not their thing.