Comprised of Billy Yost (vocals, guitar), Eamonn Donnelly (bass), Jonny Ifergan (guitar), and Ryan Farnham (drums), Chicago’s The Kickback is a result of Billy's emigration to The Windy City from rural South Dakota in late 2009 and the subsequent Craigslist pleas seeking out band members.
The group’s music (with songs exploring journalists banding together in the early 1980s to battle the decline of print journalism through sheer ultra-violence to the emasculation of trying to protect the woman you love in a city you don’t understand in a body you know is eventually going in the ground) have earned the group wide praise from Rolling Stone, Sound Opinions contributor Jim Derogatis, You Ain’t No Picasso, the Chicago Tribune, and many more.
After a steady two years of touring and supporting acts like White Rabbits, Smith Westerns, Here We Go Magic, Tapes ‘n Tapes, and Telekinesis (all-the-while earning a reputation as a stellar and explosive live act), the band is preparing to release Sorry All Over The Place (named after a fictional footnote in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest), their debut album produced by Spoon's Jim Eno.
To document their travels, the band began recording their podcast, DISASTOUR, in December of 2010. With over 100 episodes, the show attempts to address the far-from-glamorized lives of a band on the road and the arrested development indicative of the lives they have chosen.