Kickback generation is a very good English band which plays punkrock in a very nice style. Here they answers me on some questions in September-2014
Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
(vocals/bass guitar) plays bass in The Stottin Headaches (Punk Covers band),
also plays guitar,solo under the name of Just Braggin (Billy Bragg /
(age 51), likes nothing better than either playing live, which tends to be
every weekend, or watching live music again, every chance I get. Something
bad: Never happy with where we are as a band, always wanting the next step
(is that bad)!!
- Itís a name reflecting three traits of the society/world we live in today. Kickback - a sudden forceful recoil (violent reaction / repercussion. to chill out, drinking relaxing, an illicit payment made to someone in return for facilitating a transaction, or appointment (in other words, a capitalistic/corporate bribe).
- The first rehearsal was intended to be a four piece, I was meant to be on vocals, and second guitar, but the intended bass player had already joined another band!! The practice went ahead, I took my bass, and the rest is history. We have no plans to add another guitar. Carl is quite loud enough by himself, thank you!!
- When you get a good crowd, and a good connection. Thatís when it all comes together. Class.
- Anywhere is good, but small pubvenues are best, for atmosphere, and full on in your face noise.
have quite a good scene in the
- Makes you think.
- Itís an attitude, have a go, make it happen.
- Anything that gets your songs out to a wider audience has got to be good, but being from a vintage generation, I prefer vinyl, and of course Cds. Itís got to be better to own the item, read the lyrics, read the blurb, and understand the work thatís gone into making it.
Strange times indeed. All the political parties have created a very
apathetic/cynical society, and people think that by not voting they are
making a stand!! Which in fact is quite the opposite. A small voice will
- Loads! Plenty original Punk bands still getting there arses out there. Check out The Rebellion Festivals, and North East/West Calling gigs for some cracking line ups. On a more local note, the likes of Gimp Fist, Crashed Out, Loaded 44, In Evil Hour, Diablo 66, along with ourselves, and many more are taking the music to the pubs week in week out.
- Not a lot. But would appreciate some band names to check out.
- Abba, lol. Perkele of course, but no others I know of. But as above, let me know some names, and I`ll check them out.
- Other than two songs on Waiting for the Punch line - Burnout, which is an old Speedogs song written by Mick Dixon, and Suicide, War, and Hate - written by Carl, all lyrics are by myself (Jim). Most of my lyrics, are an observational take on everything around us. How we behave, the good, and the bad points of human nature. Then of course, heavy on the political side, anticorporate, anticapitalistic, antimaterialistic. Basically, I write anything that will make you sit up and think. Not necessarily to change your opinion, but just to make you think, and question.
- We tend to have three covers in out catalogue that we bring out if, or when required - Emotional Blackmail (UK Subs), Sonic Reducer (The Dead Boys), and Martin, by (Snuff)
- Its very much a personal choice. A lot of the original Punk bands had a message, something to say, and being in my early teens in 1977, it was this that grabbed my attention. Yes, the music had energy, the bands looked great. But they also meant it!, but thatís my bag. There are some great bands out there, who have no message, just full on noise. Whatever floats your boat.
- I could go on forever. Angelic Upstarts,Dead Kennedyss,Crass,to cover a wide range, but on a personal note, Ö. Billy Bragg has always made sense to me (bit of a folkie at heart lol !!)
- Thereís only you can change your life, but itís a nice thought to think a song could make someone see, or think in a different way, or have a new perspective on something.
have enough material now for a second album. These songs are slowly being
brought into the set, so early next year we are planning some studio time to
get them down.
Is it important to release your records as ďrealĒ records??
think the crowd we play to, need to buy a real record Old School Punk Rock
We`ve played gigs to packed pubs, and great
- Mixed ages, but all Punks, or at least great people with great attitudes. Itís these people that keep our small scene alive, and we always make a point of telling them that, at some point in n the show. Cheers.
Records - Jim - The Clash (London Calling), Blackout (The Drop Kick
Murphys), Leather face (Mush), Tom Robinson Band (1st Album), Gimp Fist (The
Place where I belong). Carl - The Damned (Machine Gun Etiquette), The Clash
(1st Album), Leather face (Mush), Husker Du (Zen Arcade), Pearl Jam (Vs)
Mick - Green Day (Burnout), The Clash (Death or Glory), The UK Subs
(Emotional Blackmail), The Foo Fighters (Breakout), Nirvana (In Bloom).
Thatís an achievement in itself to be thought of in such company, thank you.
But we`ve never intended to sound like anyone, just to write a good
- Its human nature. We all need to compare. It is what it is. No problem.
- Just keep pushing, gigging, writing, and making noise till we take it as far as it will go.
Keep it loud, keep it live, cheers.