French Kicks

Covers EP

by Aarik Danielsen

17 November 2008


With this fresh digital EP, French Kicks have taken on four cover tunes that spring from seemingly disparate sources: Lindsey Buckingham, The Ramones, The Shirelles and Colin Blunstone (The Zombies). Yet, the tracks are nearly identical in sound and feel, united and played in a laid back, very mod style that resembles much of the material on the band’s latest EP, Swimming .

The opening track, Buckingham’s “Trouble,” strips away a few of the original effects that date it back to 1981 when it was a Top Ten hit. Otherwise, the cut is a faithful recreation of the original, the vocals still subtle, the groove still smooth, led by a nice interplay between acoustic strums and electric fills. In fact, none of the tracks stray far from home base; so, while the album is a very pleasing listen and remains true to the band’s sound (something that often gets lost on covers records), there’s very little original value added.

cover art

French Kicks

Covers EP

US: 23 Sep 2008

Still, the EP is well worth experiencing; each track is well-played, well-produced and well-represented. Perhaps the highlight is the band’s gently retro take on “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” a song that’s been covered a thousand and one times but never manages to lose its sparkle.

Covers EP


Topics: french kicks
//Mixed media

20 Questions: The Lighthouse and the Whaler

// Sound Affects

"A love of M83 drove the Lighthouse and the Whaler to their latest bold LP, but so did a love of stealing pirate ships and quitting jobs in order to see Sigur Ros concerts.

READ the article