Back in late October 2009, I was invited to a gig at Fiddlers in Bristol, UK to see Officer Kicks play live (thank you to the Artful/Music Tourist Board and Rocklands Management for the invite!) and I have to say that this band won my heart as soon as the set started: they just simply engaged and excited all my senses immediately.
Officer Kicks have a brightly brash, yet bright, tight and dynamic sound that is raw and pure rock n’ roll. Keith Wickham on drums and Michael Skorjanec on bass punch out a nice, tight, deep driving back beat, and Jamie Fisher on guitar puts a sweet icing over the rhythms with his characteristic guitar style. Jamie Scallion works like a true showman on vocals, and his stage movements as he loses himself to the music add so much to the show! Credit is truly due all around as Officer Kicks put on a great show and are natural rocking entertainers.
The band’s debut album, The Six Grand Plot, is a cracking collection of twelve great tunes, which kicks off with “Pictures Of Me” and really sets things going with a jump-start. A basic, but catchy bass line grabs you and as the drums follow suit, the vocals and guitar swing in. “Nip and Tuck” follows on with less of a swing, but more vocal harmonies and is again a catchy, jumping little number. “Love After Death” is a song with rocking reminiscence (lighters in the air for this!) and is a great showpiece for the powerful gentility that Officer Kicks can lay down so well. “Dog Day Rush” gets you singing your head off as it powers along and Jamie Fishers characteristic guitar style really stands out on this short, but sweet track. The remaining tracks offer much of the same greatness.