French Kicks – Abandon

I held this aside for the fireworks I was expecting from the French when they took on Romania the other night at Euro 2008. Big snore ensued. That game aside it has been a terrific competition and even when the quality has dipped the effort has been heartening. Thankfully it seems that today’s rich footballers still give some currency to national pride. These French Kicks are based in Brooklyn but have their origins in Washington. A decade long career has seen them sign to Alan McGee’s Poptones at one stage though they currently reside at Vagrant Records. ‘Swimming’ is the band’s self-produced 4th album and ‘Abandon’ is a pretty little track from it. The tune is characterised by the memorable underplayed guitars and Nick Stumpf’s swirling vocals. It appears like a live take but this hardly hinders the result, which is both fresh and vibrant. Perfect for banishing les bleus in fact. KD

French Kicks – Abandon

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Year: 2008

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  1. k
    June 11, 2008

    oh yeah, i totally forgot about this band – i have seen them a couple times… but i forgotthey’re great live – it shows in the recording, i see

  2. June 11, 2008

    This is a great song. I really enjoy the guitar riff. They kind of remind me of The Arcade Fire.

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