KICK

KICK, from Brescia, are Chiara Amalia Bernardini and Nicola Mora. Their sound is a combination of raw and melodic elements that could be defined as sweet noise, a genre of their own. After their debut album "Mothers" and the EP "Post-Truth", their new album "Light Figures", produced with Marco Fasolo (Jennifer Gentle), will be released on January 2022 for Anomic Records (Germany), Dischi Sotterranei (Italy) and Sour Grapes (UK), led by the first single “Setting Tina” featuring Scott Reeder from Kyuss on bass.

Setting Tina and Sirens Never Sleep are the new singles by KICK, from the new album Light Figures to be released on n January 2022 via Anomic Records/Dischi Sotterranei/Sour Grapes

Setting Tina is the new single by KICK, to be released on July 5th, 2021 via Anomic Records (Germany), Dischi Sotterranei (Italy)  and Sour Grapes (United Kingdom). Like the full new album Light Figures coming next year, the song was produced with Marco Fasolo (Jennifer Gentle, I Hate My Village) and features moreover Scott Reeder on bass, longtime member of Kyuss and currently of Fireball Ministry.

Very active also live, both in Italy and abroad, KICK are Chiara Amalia Bernardini (vocals, bass) and Nicola Mora (guitars, electric piano, synths, samplers). Their sound combines rough elements and others more dreamy in a sound that could ideally be defined “sweet noise”, a style on their own melting the noise with the softness of the atmosphere, without any limits of genre. The backgound of the duo from Brescia ranges from the hypnosis of trip hop to the New York no-wave, up to stoner and desert rock.

Setting Tina introduces a natural change of direction compared to what was previously released by the Italian band (the debut album Mothers of 2016 and the EP Post-Truth of 2018): the sound become less electronic and at the same time more analogue, minimal and heavy.

Marked by a compelling psych-r’n’r groove, Setting Tina reveals also a social theme because it’s a peculiar interpretation of the language of populist propaganda, which aims at people’s anger and frustration to manipulate and “set” them as if were machines to be exploited. The name Tina was inspired by the famous Thatcherian slogan “There is no alternative”, with which the former British prime minister declared neo-liberalism as the only possible model of life. Times have changed, but the sense of inevitability unfortunately is still here: we feel victims and mere tools of a sick system that is leading us to collapse.

The videoclip of Setting Tina, directed by Marco Armando Alliegro using mainly found footage, reinforces what is suggested by the lyrics of the song, that is the restlessness of belonging to the machine of capitalism and the need for a rapprochement with the simplicity of nature. According to the director: “The clip offers different keys of interpretation, such as the relationship between civilized life and wild life which start from the same basic needs but in very different ways: in the first one there is a cruelty that acts on a sneaky and mocking level, while in the second one it acts in a bloody way but perhaps also in a more respectful way towards the others and the environment“.

The second brand new single Sirens Never Sleep, with a crooked footstep between post-punk and no-wave, increases its magnetic aura of mystery with lyrics sung partly in an unknown language. After all, the sirens, hybrid and ambivalent by definition, are linked to the unknown and following them means getting lost and embark on new adventures. “Sirens Never Sleep is an ironic and light-hearted song, a dedication to the creatures who deceive us with their song, leading us to crash on the rocks“.

The video of Sirens Never Sleeps was realized by Zannunzio, visual artist and bassist/vocalist of the band submeet. The night shots were filtered through the glitch art technique: digital or analog errors, obtained with the corruption of files or the reworking of electronic devices, become artistic and decorative expedients that give new aspect and meaning to the image. According to the director: “The particular glitches used for the video, that’s to say pixel-sorting and the data-moshing, create that sense of vertigo and anguish that make the entire video a real documentation of a descent into hell, where KICK can be seen as modern Charons“.


 

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