KICK TO KILL – CUT ME Single released 2nd November on Flowers In The Dustbin Available via i-tunes and all major download sites
Flowers In The Dustbin’s first signing KICK TO KILL are a Glasgow based band, born in the mind of front man Dave Cook. With their dark and raw sound, the band have grown a loyal following in the city as well gaining industry attention and interest. Signing to Glasgow’s own Flowers In The Dustin in 2007, KICK TO KILL released their debut single ‘Quit Tomorrow’. The single was hailed as “the single best song I’ve heard from a Scottish group in a very long time” by Heaven Or Las Vegas, while Jim Gellatly described KICK TO KILL as “a band that lives up to it’s hype… Really phenomenal” on his XFM show. The band’s original line up disintegrated within days of the single release, leaving the essential core of Dave Cook, Harris Hill and Lewis Macaulay.
The past two years have been colourful to say the least. The whistle-stop history tour goes like this. In 2007 the band, along with Flowers In The Dustbin, created the seminal Glasgow live event The Darkwave Opera. The event has played to packed audiences in venues including Barfly, The 13th Note, The Captain’s Rest and The Beat Club. The next Darkwave Opera is set for 4th September. KICK TO KILL’s legendary support slots have included sold out nights with The Fall, John Cooper Clarke and A Place To Bury Strangers. The band were also selected by The Damned to play on their Twisted Cabaret tour. Fast forward to the present and KICK TO KILL are back with a new fourth member, Ewen Shearer, and the purest, aggressive, nihilistic rock’n’roll you’re likely to hear this side of Funhouse era Stooges. As the band worked on final mixes of a selection of dark tinged rock’n’roll tracks, including ‘Cut Me’, frontman Dave Cook was attacked in Glasgow city centre. He was stabbed twice in the head and twice in the chest. Millimetres from death, with one of the blades almost puncturing his lung, Mr Cook was taken to hospital. After being revived and stitched up the patient discharged himself the following morning with the immortal words, “It doesn’t hurt”.
This band is indestructible. Listen and Believe. The first track to emerge from the dark is ‘Cut Me’, taken from the forthcoming EP scheduled for release early 2010. Engineered and mixed by Dave and Ian Cook (Aerogramme, Twilight Sad), ‘Cut Me’ is released Monday 2nd November on Scotland’s vibrant new indie label Flowers In The Dustbin as a digital download only – www.myspace.com/FlowersInTheDustbin
Catch KICK TO KILL at the following venues, with more dates to be confirmed soon Sep 4 – The Darkwave Opera @ The V Club, Glasgow / Nov 7 – Single launch @ The 13th Note, Glasgow
“….they showed a focused intensity that soon captured my attention. It was easy to see where the Joy Division comparisons come from but David Cook’s vocal and fretboard skills also reminded me of another band – our own Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. The difference between this band and any other synth driven shoegazer band? Kick to Kill pack an emotional charge into their performance. Very worthy indeed” – BLUESBUNNY.com live review
“A gothed up version of Joy Division” – Captain Sensible, The Damned “…With strong hints towards Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Jesus and Mary Chain, Kick to Kill almost sound like a Scottish version of ‘I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness’… The band encapsulates the best elements of gothic, drone and alternative rock.” – Heaven Or Las Vegas