Kickstand Jenny is an alternative rock group composed of Preston Morelock, Scott Foster Harris, Chris Mcomas and AJ Sipos. The band states they have inspiration coming from all genres of music, from Van Halen to Prince. The band has played with a lot of different national acts including Slaughter, Living Colour, Sebastian Bach, L.A. Guns and LIT.
Kickstand Jenny recently finished up on a concept album about the death and rebirth of a soul entitled Between The Lines. That sounds like pretty deep stuff but I found the music to be accessible and easy to appreciate. There are a lot of palatable rock songs here that you might find yourself playing on repeat.
The first song I listened to was “One More Day” which definitely had a bit of a '90s and ’80s rock vibe. Something about the palm muted guitar brought to mind Van Halen. The vocals however are delivered in a different way. I enjoyed the vocal performance right off the bat and was impressed by the range. I would say there’s a difference of at least two octaves between the verse and chorus. And what a chorus. It’s the kind of hook that is repeat worthy.
“Take Me Back To The Time” has some Americana flavor in there but with a more charged up rock flavor. The band goes two for two with creating memorable hooks. It’s a song that is full of nostalgia but not overly sentimental. I would say the energy felt quite motivational.
“Never Gonna Let You Go” with a slower BPM and felt more like a ballad. There’s some country flavor on this song. The vocals are again delivered very well. This is more reflective and introspective and ultimately a love song.
“Solo (Featuring Mark Slaughter)” was very cool. It’s got a heavier almost metal/grunge like quality. The vocals are intense and by this song it was evident one of the band's many strengths is the ability to write a killer hook. “Tonight” felt like a single amongst possible singles. The song is very energetic and just gives an adrenaline rush. It’s the perfect song to hear before a night out. I’m sure this would be quite a song live.
Despite the name ”Death Trap” was quite playful and fun, at least that’s how the tone felt. The lyrics however can be interpreted differently. I absolutely loved the cover they did of “Jumpin' Jack Flash.” What a wildly different version they made their own.
I have to admit the concept of the album was hard to notice on the songs. There were plenty of topics but the whole death and rebirth ideas felt elusive. That being said, I loved the album. The production, delivery and songwriting came together to create a stellar album.
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