French Kicks

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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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This US east coast quartet draw equally from the Kinks’ sense of melody and the Pixies’ jagged art rock. Nick Stumpf (vocals/drums) formed the band with Matt Stinchcomb (vocals/guitar), Josh Wise (keyboards), and Jamie Krents (bass). Stumpf and Stinchcomb had been friends and bandmates from their school days in Washington, DC, even attending the same Ohio college together, and relocating to Brooklyn, New York, to pursue their rock ‘n’ roll dreams. Joining them in their move was Krents, and they met Alabama, Georgia native Wise shortly after settling into their new home town. After several months of rehearsing and writing demo material, the French Kicks quickly made a name for themselves on the New York live scene. Two EPs followed, 1999’s French Kicks and 2001’s Young Lawyer, the latter of which was supported by a UK tour that saw the arrival of Lawrence Stumpf as the band’s new bass player. With demand for an album rising among...

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