French Kicks Extend US Tour!

French Kicks have decided to extend their tour (dates below!) in support of the new album, Swimming, which is currently available digitally on iTunes with physical copies streeting on May 20th. This is the first album that the ‘Kicks have completely produced on their own – a real departure from anything they’ve delivered before! Vanity Fair calls the new album “uncharacteristically sophisticated and upbeat.”

French Kicks have delivered their finest album to date. Produced and mixed entirely by the band, Swimming features some of the quartet’s most melodic recordings to date with standout tracks “Abandon” (download), “Said So What” and “Over The World”. It is an album that demands your attention by revealing new sounds, notes and harmonies with each listen.

For vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Nick Stumpf, Swimming is “by far the closest we’ve come to getting the sound we wanted.” By capturing both the palpable and raw elements, the French Kicks have created a complex yet sophisticated pop album.

“On this record, we hoped to capture the joy of friends playing together in a relaxed way. We used a lot of first and second takes and tried to preserve a sense of immediacy and discovery that comes from putting things down before you really have a chance to think too hard. It’s bolder, and at the same time more intimate, than anything we’ve done,” says guitarist/vocalist Josh Wise who sings lead vocals on “Said So What,” With The Fishes,” “Carried Away,” and “All Our Weekends”. Nick Stumpf sings lead vocals on the remaining eight tracks.

Tour Dates:
4/24 Washington DC Rock N Roll Hotel
4/25 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
4/26 Atlanta, GA The Earl
4/27 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle
5/15 Portland, OR Doug Fir
5/16 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
5/18 San Francisco, CA The Independent
5/19 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
5/22 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
5/23 San Diego, CA Casbah
5/28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
5/29 Chicago, IL Double Door
5/30 Madison, WI High Noon
5/31 Minneapolis, MN 400 Club
6/02 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
6/04 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
6/05 Austin, TX Mohawk
6/06 Houston, TX Walter’s on Washington
6/07 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
6/09 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree
6/10 Nashville, TN Exit/In
6/11 Columbus, OH The Basement

French Kicks: website | myspace

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