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“Philly rock and roll four-piece HighKick had a solid 2014. In June, the guys released Normal View, their latest EP and a big step forward in terms of hooks and production. They toured this summer into the fall, and are wrapping up the year the way they have for the past six years: with the annual HighKixMas variety show at World Cafe Live on December 21st. Though it’s seasonally themed on the one hand – and they do have a double-time version of “Rudolph” with some killer guitar work – the band also has a good assortment of non-holiday jams that we hope fall in the mix as well.”
“This Philadelphia area based group has made quite a splash on the local music scene. Their sound is a melodically pleasing mesh of genres. We caught up with HighKick during a special performance at Brittingham's in Lafayette Hill.”
“One of the most requested songs off the first album is “Black Bear,” a song with a backwoods, rockabilly beat – and there’s a reason for it. “Matt [Miceli] and I took a 3-day canoe trip down the Delaware and on the trip we saw a black bear swimming across the river. That night sitting around the campfire and drinking whiskey on the Pennsylvania bank of the Delaware River we wrote the song,” Mairs recalls. Miceli and Mairs take their music seriously but sometimes like to have fun with the lyrics. “Civil War Beard” is a friendly jab at their hirsute drummer Hilferty’s facial hair – mutton chops and shaved chin -- since removed. ”