More Kicks – Punch Drunk – LP


‘Punch Drunk’ is the second album from London-based trio More Kicks, released on 16 September on Dirtnap Records (USA) and Stardumb Records (Europe).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a concise and ragged lesson in pop songwriting dripping in melody, cynicism and energy. ‘Punch Drunk’ marks a new era for the band. Heavier, more expansive, more twists and turns. It veers from sparkling harmonies to fearsome riffing in the blink of eye, with never a second wasted. As with the first record, it was recorded live on to 2” tape. It’s bottled lightning and the sound of a band firing on all cylinders.

James Sullivan (Sulli) – vox/guitar; Kris Hood – drums; Paolo Mantovani – bass/vox have cooked up a rare alchemy. The result: a More Kicks song can touch on classic 60s garage, 70s NYC rock and roll, jagged 90s guitar pop – all wrapped in a razor sharp bundle. A glance backwards and a decisive step forwards.

“When the world collapsed in 2020, I realised more than ever how much I rely on music and More Kicks,” says Sulli. “This album became a total obsession and a lifeline. Stuck in one place, the songs all came from heartbreak, frustration, anger, hope. It feels like a unique set of circumstances that produced this record and I’m really proud of what we’ve done.”

For fans of: Buzzcocks, The Kinks, Exploding Hearts, Guided By Voices, The Replacements


A1 – Hurts Like Hell
A2 – In Love
A3 – Animal
A4 – Terminal Love
A5 – Seven Ways
A6 – Got Lucky
B1 – Come Home
B2 – Colour Me Stupefied
B3 – Good Enough
B4 – Phoney Middle Aged Art
B5 – Rest Of Our Lives
B6 – Goodnight Goodnight