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Karpet Kickers / Press

“There are a few questionable moments during the album, for instance Out Of Sand opens with a repetitive kick drum that lingers on a little too long (almost sounding like a drum soundcheck) before the track really kicks into gear, whilst the dated keys on Expertease threaten to mar an otherwise, pretty decent, reggae number. But minor niggles aside, Fitted is a fun album, littered with catchy hooks aplenty and a couple of good old fashioned sing-a-longs, from a more than capable band. If you want a band to challenge then I suggest you look elsewhere but if you want a good Friday night out with your mates down the pub, Karpet Kickers would (on the evidence of Fitted) make a damn fine soundtrack”

Rhythm & Booze

“Trailer Trash opens with another big retro rock riff, soon joined by a good old tinkering of the ivories and a pounding bass line and a stomping beat, before Gehardt lays down another ballsy memorable vocal. Both Eastern Curse and Save Yourself offer something a little different, with the former driven by an elastic bass riff, that sends the band into a funky reggae spin complete with smooth, almost crooned vocals, whilst the latter opens with a slice of Doors like organ before veering off into a trippy take on indie rock, bringing to mind The Stone Roses complete with reverb soaked, drawled vocals. Penultimate track, In You I Truly Believe, highlights that funk element in full effect, as choppy guitars and slapped bass combine with half rapped vocals for a surprisingly impressive homage.”

Rhythm & Booze

“Karpet Kickers-Fitted The Karpet Kickers are a six-piece band hailing from Kidderminster, taking their influences from various classic, rock bands and splice that with both a funk and reggae influence to create something that’s instant and naggingly familiar, yet delivered with a stomp all of their own. The various members of the band are all veteran, long serving members of the local music scene, so as you’d imagine the band have a tight, well put together sound lifting liberally from The Stones on album opener, Shake Your Hips, with it’s chugging infectious riffs, driving rhythm section, short, sharp solo and a swaggering, attitude licked vocal, courtesy of singer, Gehardt J Kruckow. So sure they might not be reinventing the wheel, but as opening salvos go, Shake Your Hips ticks all the right boxes, its fun, energetic and catchy as hell, in fact I can already a rammed full pub hollering it back at the band.”

Rhythm & Booze

“The brilliantly funky, rock, reggae band Karpet Kickers recorded their new album "Fitted" with Univibe and it's now for sale through their website. They also have plenty of upcoming gigs too. Go have a look!”

“Massive thankyou to The Karpet Kickers and everyone who popped down last night to watch. Such a lovely atmosphere and the band were amazing.”

“Karpet Kickers. Because Mouth and Music is an acoustic night, the band had rehearsed a new set to suit the occasion. At ease on a stage they owned with affection, their songs were as moving and beautiful as Jane’s story. Their performance was a perfect end to the evening.”

“Hailing from Kidderminster, the ‘Karpet Kickers’ are a six-piece Rock ‘n’roll/soul/blues group comprised of some of the town’s most seasoned and professional musicians. With nearing FOUR DECADES of experience within the group you could only expect the best from these local rockers! Taken from their recent offering ‘A Life’s Work’, it was the track ‘Eastern Curse’ which most intrigued me. This band would regularly be paired with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Doors and The Who, so you can imagine my curiosity when presented with the band’s take on REGGAE. The track begins with a lone piano plodding away at a steady reggae ‘riddim’ until we are hit with a superb guitar riff which is the definitive hook of ‘Eastern Curse’, i can already feel myself humming along. As the song kicks off the instrumentation holds a great deal of responsibility to the sound achieved.”

Kris Heal - Kidderminster Our City Radio

“An absolutely BRILLIANT bunch of guys, great musicians, loved having them play here at THE BARGE & BARREL, TIPTON. Definitely booking them again!!!!! Penny & Andy xxx”

Penny Hewitt - We drink at the Barge and Barrel

“Fantastic day at Loaded Music Festival. A massive thanks to Enemo-J, 61A, Alex Round, ITB, Time Of The Mouth, Sister Shotgun, Rip Tyde, 11:11, Karpet Kickers, Richard Aldridge, Andrew Carter, Chris Taylor, and finally to Dan Holloway for providing that awesome sound!”

Carl Wilkes - Royal Exchange

“Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock & Roll chuck it in the musical melting pot, sprinkle some fat bass, stir it up and you get the Karpet Kickers a six piece band from the carpet town of Kidderminster. Fronted by Gehardt an enigmatic platinum haired conductor of funk who would'nt look out of place fronting the Rolling Stones, with an on stage presence rarely seen since the days of Jim Morrison and the Doors”