KIKKER’s irreverant, youthful brashness brings a fresh take on Post-Punk and late seventies New Wave. Straight from the gutter, rough and unpolished, it’s Garage Rock that gets straight to the point with unpretentious, comic, yet observational lyrics about everyday frustrations.
Emerging from the Swansea underground scene, the band’s early gigs were shambolic, charming affairs with a different lineup each time. After solidifying into their current lineup – Jacob, Matt, Joe and Jake focused their approach and have developed their own style of fuzzy, melodic guitars, primitive beats and harsh bass tones entwined around Fall-esque sneering vocals that wrap like cigarette smoke around their raw, pulsing riffs and rhythms.
KIKKER write about the commonplace and routine with a cynicism and droll, acerbic wit, delivered deadpan and devoid of any obvious irony in their choice of often banal subject matter. It is the bands wistfully prosaic lyrics that draw the tension and comedy out of the perverseness of everyday life. Their style strays away from grand, statement making social commentary and instead chooses to present itself as a satirical lampooning of society, conveyed with an impassionate indifference, but contrasted with a performance that is both joyful and care free, celebrating the moment, as they almost frolic about the stage.
Describing their music in his own words, frontman Jacob Winter explains the origin and source of inspiration behind some of their best known songs;
Prime Time the bands latest single from their upcoming debut Death Monkey release, relays ‘’How your teenage years are meant to be the best years of your life, although quite often they turn out to be shit’’. ‘Freak Accident‘ title track from their first Demo EP, is about “A man who falls off his bike” while B-Side ‘Spoons Dog‘ is a song written from witnessing “A man in Wetherspoons who got thrown out because he had a dog” It is the bands ability to embrace the mundane, making a farce of the unremarkable which help give KIKKER their cult appeal towards a misunderstood audience, primed for sarcasm in their world view and descended from a culture which doesn’t live up to the hype.
A band for lovers of honest, energetic live music, KIKKER have found their own unique voice within the indie scene in South Wales.