Founded as a studio experiment by Conrad St. Clair and Mike Stehr, Kicksville has grown into an award-winning musical collective, artistic movement, and live multimedia freak show.
That's the ol' required cheeze-filled promo blurb, anyway. Basically, we make music. And visual art. And poetry. And, well, pretty much anything from Dada theater to technical sound design.
There's a core group of people who are the backbone of the writing process and make up the live band (the joke is to call 'em the City Council). We are an open collective though, so people can contribute as much or as little as they want. Some do a lot and have been a key part of our development. Some have only written one song or done some cover art. But they're all part of the extended family and have contributed music, visual art, or some kind of creative input over the years.
Some of these folks (let's call 'em citizens) have resumes that include literally the biggest names in music, theater, and art. As in, you'd be friggin' amazed. Some have almost no recognition beyond their hometown. The point is, it doesn't matter a damn bit - it's about the person and what they can and want to bring to the table, not the list of names on their CV.
"...effortless displays of eclecticism...sure to thrill anyone tired of all the worn and frayed forms of popular music." - Jambands.com
"Kicksville is the future, no matter how you look at it." - GBH.tv
"Wild...weird...visually stunning...." - Jambase BTW, these bits are not edited just to make us look good ;-)
And here's how Brian Baker (Cincinnati City Beat, Amplifier Magazine) put it:
"Depending on temperament and circumstance, Kicksville could alternately be described as an African Pop band, a Jam/Prog outfit, Adrian Belew at his most Zappaesque or Beefheartian, a collaboration between Peter Gabriel and Natasha Atlas, a full-throttle Metal assault, Tom Waits banging away on a carnival-in-a-tool-shed short story, or Ministry after a Clockwork Orange session with the new Phish album. And at some point, any or all of those descriptions fit Kicksville like a brand new black concert T-shirt....
What is clear...is that few of the aforementioned sonic reference points serve as actual influences and any sounds that can be attributed to Kicksville are among the most fascinatingly original that are being foisted upon an unsuspecting world. Edgard Varese said it, Frank Zappa lived it and Kicksville puts their own twist on it: 'The modern day composer refuses to die.'"
Kicksville at a Glance!
City Council: Mike Stehr, Conrad St. Clair, Beaker Parpovich, Chris Huntington, Lou Caldarola, Tone Deaf, Andy Ewen, Geoff Brady, Biff Blumfumgagnge
Poet Laureate: John Beecher Citizens: Denise St. Clair, Aya Peard, Jamie England, Maggie Weiser, Pablo Ben Surman, Tani Diakite, Jay Corey, Kraig Greff, Anna Purnell, Geoff Burrell, Mookie Siegel, Priest Da Nomad, Shady Bastard, Tim Steele, Cheryl Nystrom, Tim Gruber, Mark Thorp, John Ware, Anatol Lieven, Dan Leonard, Randal Harrison, Denise Henderson, Gary R, Aaron Konkol, Hilel, Anatole Malukoff, Paul Schaefer, Mario Benavidez, Nafeesa Nichols, Djam Vivie, Edi Gbordzi, Scott Spelbring, Kristie Parpovich, Ras Kickit, Burton Grey, Sky Cleven, Wes Cash, Ethan Eichrodt, Dave Park, Bill Yarrington, Amir Alam, Paka, Skinny Gaviar, Dreamjo, Perry Serpa, Matt Rockwell, Jay Frigoletto, Brent Davies, Jason Fassl, Kitty Zombie, Rebel Rouzer, Timmy Schmidt, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Sihle Ngema, Shauna Lisse, Vusi Mhlongo, Johnny Awful, Eric Strom, Georg McKee, Andrew "Dros" Liposcak, Nora Nutter, Kia Karlen, Albano Ruela, Gorka Samos, Annette Marx, Murielle Ikizek Jorgensen, Bob DeGroof, Joe Myers, Terry Flowers, Jo Hubert, Robert Varlez, M.Nomized, Alain Adam, Jill Krynicki-Dutcher, Ankur Malhotra, Buzz Kemper, Mamadou Diallo, Mike Massey, Randy Tilk, Beth Kille, Aaron Williams, Briana Hardyman, Ally Queen, Rob Queen, Alex Brick, Bala Harper, Matt Manske, Rayne Wissman, Patrick Wachtl, Oddist Jones, Bruce Hellington, Joey B. Banks, Gabe Burdulis, Thea Grace, Dee King, Jason Kutz, Andy Abrams, Shawn Goodman-Jones, Gail Becker, Meghan Rose