French Kicks make a triumphant return with their latest and greatest, Two Thousand, out July 18th on Vagrant/StarTime Int'l. After spending a very, very intense February out in LA with producer Doug Boehm, French Kicks have returned to New York with an incredible new record. On Two Thousand Josh Wise and Nick Stumpf took a new approach to their songwriting. They began (their way) with sounds, and parts, and bits; recorded them, and then set them aside and picked up the acoustic guitars and piano to complete the composition of the songs. The result: Two Thousand features the finest, most powerful, and also, most beautiful, collection of songs by the French Kicks.
Some might say the title of French Kicks' third album, Two Thousand, is an unintentional reference to all the other New York bands that sound exactly like them. And, yes, while the group did at one point have a predisposition for scrappy punk guitars, off-kilter disco rhythms and strained vocals, this release actually sees it distinguishing itself from its neighbors with a more restrained sound and ambitious vision. There is a distinct '80s influence in songs like "Also Ran," "Cloche," and "No Mean Time," all shimmering guitars and motorized beats. On "Knee High," the band even manages to successfully evoke the sound of early U2 jamming with New Order--a claim few others in their area code can make. --Aidin Vaziri