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Fick / Press

"...it was Fick’s CD release show, and they played last with a set that featured songs from Loss of Halo, plus older, more familiar songs. The music was the familiar progressive-rock sounds they utilize, sometimes augmented with violin. Kyle Fick mostly played guitar, and sometimes switched to keyboards, but it was always intricate chords and riffs to create a sound that was a cross between Marillion and Incubus. Fick CDs were free at the show, though donations were welcome. Morningbell sold their latest music on limited edition thumb-drives. Catching it live at venues around town is the best way, though. Don’t worry if you missed this Fick show—the band will also be at 1982 this Saturday with five other bands."

" Fick’s newly released EP, Loss of Halo, the follow- up to the EP Supershock from earlier this year, is a sequel that is probably musically superior to its predecessor. Although the lyrical theme is the same—the plight of the modern day proletariat who is a slave of the corporation nation-state because of their penchant for “buying into all that gleams” and their inability to think critically beyond being an obedient worker for the machine—the band sounds tighter, probably because they’re able to play together a little longer in this incarnation...."

“Living in a punk- and hipster-driven town, there’s no shortage of local punk or “experimental” bands. In between those popular local genres, discovering serious progressive rock is a rarity. FICK fills that gap. They are a guitar-heavy, post-grunge rock band with metal influences; they have that epic “the word is ending in a cascade of heavy guitar riffs” sound. On the six-track release, soft violin ballads introduce their hefty progressive rock, while eerie minor piano chords weave throughout. Their dark lyrics match their heavy melodies covering alcohol, restlessness, God, and nightmares. “Our subjects are a little bit bigger than the words themselves. We wanted more over-the-top lyrics so we could connect and relate to more people,” Sutphin said. Kyle Fick has been playing the guitar for 14 years in addition to playing the piano. Fick is passionate about music and is determined to make room for it while also running his business, Karma Cream.”

“After listening to a few of the band’s songs, it is easy to tell that they are sticking to this mission. Each song has a focus on genuine instrumentals, a rare feature in much of today’s music. The album’s title track, “Futureshock,” holds true to Fick’s style. It is very guitar-heavy rock and tends toward the style of a well-rounded hard rock song. My personal favorite song, “Daybreak,” is among the band’s more mellow pieces. It has a slow instrumental intro that leads to some powerful (yet still masterfully haunting) vocals. Fick is definitely a great local band worth checking out for its authentic style and powerful music.”

“Local band Fick has been out of commission for a few years, but Thursday March 10 at 1982 Bar, the band will bring back their self-described “epic, progressive rock” that captivates and inspires listeners. The show will also feature local band Far Away Planes and Jacksonville’s The Picture Show. The band broke up four years ago due to several reasons, says lead guitarist and band namesake Kyle Fick. “We all had to get jobs; I started a business which is now running smoothly,” he says. (Kyle is the co-owner of Karma Cream) “It was time to get back to playing music.” So, he moved in with former lead singer Dan Sutphin, and the two of them reformed the band with new bass player and drummer, K.D. McClellan and Kellen Chesnutt, respectively. The band is still focusing on a rocking sound, though they are getting a little more progressive and experimental with structure, Kyle says.”