Before becoming a mainstay in Chicago’s indie rock scene, The Kickback called rural South Dakota home. Lead songwriter Billy Yost, despite loving the Midwestern landscape, headed for the Windy City in 2009 in search of a more musician-oriented community.
He rounded out band’s final lineup via a series of Craigslist ads and spent the last couple of years releasing a trio of EPs and several one-off singles. Now, The Kickback are gearing up to release their full-length debut, Sorry All Over the Place, with the help of a new friend.
On a lark, the band decided to send some of their demos to Spoon drummer Jim Eno. To their surprise and joy, the veteran indie rocker loved the demos and invited The Kickback to record at Public Hi-Fi in Austin, Texas. Those sessions make up the new LP, which is slated to drop on September 18th via Jullian Records.
As our first preview of Sorry All Over the Place, the group’s shared a song called “White Lodge”. Opening with phased effected drums, the track slowly builds with subtle guitar lines. Yost coos quietly before the song shifts from mellow art-rock to mammoth indie rock epic with pummeling drums and massive distortion. It feels like a push and pull between two realities, with Yost caught in the middle, and should serve as a fascinating sonic challenge to listeners’ perceptions. Listen in below.
In a statement, Yost explains the track’s Lynchian origins.
“When watching Twin Peaks, Kyle Maclachlan’s FBI Agent Dale Cooper character tripped something in me (it was a pretty weird time), and I figured the best way out of whatever mess I was in was to just try and live my life exactly like Dale Cooper–a completely fictional character–would. Just try and follow his lead and do whatever you think he would do in a given situation. Being a good person is exhausting.
The lyrics are mostly about Dale Cooper being in the Black Lodge, this fictional not-very-enticing place. But the bulk of the song was written while I was trying to channel this nonexistent person and not become completely unhinged.
If you’re not familiar with the show, The White Lodge and Black Lodge are these two sort of heaven and hells. They’re competing forces in the show and it’s pretty supernaturall-ly stuff and you’d much rather wind up in the White Lodge.”