Bands get their kicks at home­com­ing gig

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

ABERDEEN melodic rock­ers The Lit­tle Kicks have fin­ished record­ing their sec­ond al­bum. The yet-to-be-named al­bum will be re­leased in Septem­ber. But fans can get an early taste of their ea­gerlyan­tic­i­pated al­bum when The Lit­tle Kicks head­line The Lemon Tree on Satur­day. Their home­com­ing gig will also see the band show­case new sin­gle Call of Youth – an up­beat blast of sum­mery rock. Singer Steven Milne said: “The sin­gle is a teaser for our forth­com­ing sec­ond al­bum. “Call of Youth was a good first track to re­lease as we had been play­ing it out live to a great re­sponse. “Its over­all sound also ties in with that of our first al­bum (Box­ing Clever). “How­ever, it is still dif­fer­ent enough to fit with the way the new al­bum has de­vel­oped. “The new al­bum will also sur­prise a lot of peo­ple as we have kept our old song­writ­ing tech­niques but worked a lot harder on the lyrics and ar­range­ments. “We also have lots of ex­tra per­cus­sion, syn­the­sis­ers and vo­cals to make the songs sound as big as pos­si­ble.” The Lit­tle Kicks are Steven (gui­tar, vo­cals), Toby Brun­ning (gui­tarist), Lewis Porter (bassist) and Scott Kel­man (drums). And Steven con­firmed there will also be a num­ber of sur­prise guests on the night. He said: “It’s been a long time since we last played a head­line show at The Lemon Tree. “We have al­ways loved play­ing there so it will be great to be back. “There will be songs from the new al­bum and the best ma­te­rial from the de­but as well. “We even have some guest mu­si­cians play­ing with us on some songs too, which will be great fun.” The Lit­tle Kicks head­line The Lemon Tree fresh from a sell-out show at the Glas­gow West End Fes­ti­val last week. Steven, who also re­cently re­leased an ac­claimed solo al­bum, said: “We played an in­ti­mate show in a great small venue. “The songs are ini­tially writ­ten on an acous­tic so we are al­ways able to pare things down and play in that style. “It’s good to have a few strings to our bow and be able to play things dif­fer­ently. “The crowd were re­ally into it and we def­i­nitely gained a few new fans in Glas­gow.”

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