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Kick in the Eye: Sea of Bitterness
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kick in the Eye: Starliner
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kick in the Eye: Garage Sale - Big Time!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick in the Eye: Rock and Roll Needs a Kick in the Eye
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick in the Eye: Rock and Roll Needs a Kick in the Eye
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEWS AND PRESS

Kick in the Eye - Sea of Bitterness
By Helen Tipping - PennyBlackMusic Magazine

Kick in the Eye change yet again for this album. They've left behind the lo-fi, left behind the strong rock and roll influence (well maybe not completely) and come back with bubble gum pop vocals and political lyrics. 'Worseful Life' and 'Anytime 'both refer to life in the city, how corrupt and how lonely it can be, whilst 'Red Army Overdrive' takes us back to WWII and documents the bravery of the Russian soldiers in the face of the onslaught of Hitler's army in 1941 and their subsequent victory. Other songs are about things that have happened to the band and their friends and family, with 'Bounty Killer Blues' being about Donnie Lochrie being offered money to kill someone's wife and 'Forty Degrees Below' being about his brother settling down. 'Zombie Attack' is dedicated to George A .Romero and is set in a future populated by zombies - though its jolly sound makes it sound more of a send up than a serious zombie song, if there is such a thing. Despite a sometime serious message, 'Kick in the Eye' have come back with a fun poppy sound. Marion Lochrie sounds like a mad, bad and dangerous to know Tracey Ullman who'd take you on a tour of Vancouver's dives and then write a song about it.

Kick in the Eye - Sea of Bitterness
By Russell Barker - Russell's Reviews

The new album from Kick In The Eye proves to be another good one. Opener 'Worseful Life' is 'Spirit In The Sky' de-hippified and with crazed female vocals added. 'Red Army Overdrive' reminds you of Veruca Salt, the stroppy little girl vocals and fizzing pop while 'Back Off' is feisty pop that falls somewhere between sixties pop and The Darkness. 'Bounty Killer Blues' is a slip up; being a not altogether convincing walk on the sleazy wild side but 'Zombie Attack' fittingly is a nice slice of scuzzy rockabilly. 'Anytime' is a goodtime boogie, slowed down to walking pace and transformed into a grooving great tune. 'Forty Degrees Below' is decent enough surf pop but 'Gerald Charlie Stomp' gets props for being a haymaking whirlish bop tune. They traverse a myriad of styles but still deliver a good album.http://www.russellsreviews.co.uk

Kick in the Eye - Sea of Bitterness
By Thomas Morgan - Queen's University Journal

Everything about Kick in the Eye’s new album Sea of Bitterness had me at the jittery cusp of a full blown seizure. Fifty screaming eight-year-olds clutching an unlimited supply of Pixy Stix could not produce a more high-pitched and abusive noise. The album is bad, provocatively bad. Betwixt the infantile lyrics and the clumsy, garage-band instrumentation, Kick in the Eye should seriously consider returning to their day jobs, which inevitably take place in or around a strip club. The lyrics came in a Microsoft Word sheet tucked haphazardly into a poorly decorated CD envelope—the flip side of which is a signed glamour shot of the tired looking, 30-something musicians. My favorite lyrical moment is easily the fourth track, titled “Forty Degrees Below.” Heed this insightful snippet: “Went to a monster truck rally/ and a wrestling show/a hot dog eatin’ contest where we got too full/at Hooty McBoob’s the drinks were cheap/ and over at the legion I won some meat.” I don’t even know where to start. Hooty McBoobs? Hot dog eating contest? “Winning meat” hasn’t been something to write about since we lived in caves, and Hooty McBoobs sounds like a disease you get after too many “hot dog eatin’ contests.” As for the sound itself, it’s literally just screaming. Not measured, metal-core screaming, but a robust-yet-girly yell that screeches between embarrassingly basic, sludgy guitar riffs and off-time drums. This album is actually worth listening to because it’s so bad that it could actually be considered a new form of entertainment. It’s like Courtney Love’s vomit became animated somehow and produced an album. Kick in the Eye? More like Kick in the Brain.

Kick In The Eye - Sea Of Bitterness
By Atom
ic Duster

T: Female led glam-rock meets Phil Spectre's girl bands. It's like a great big pie made up of Suzi Quatro, Voice Of The Beehive, The Crystals and Sons And Daughters. The musicianship is not a million miles away from Dr and the Medics either...and occasionally vocalist Marian Lochrie sounds similar to Leicester's own gorgeous songstress Emma Chamberlain, especially on "Red Army Overdrive". Youthful exuberance and good fun songs, perhaps a tad too late. N: I'm not too sure about this one, and I had such high hopes. It's almost like saying "The Mini Pops do Punk", but perhaps this one will be a grower...? T: Ah well, I quite liked it anyway. Anyone for Marmite? Rating: 6/10 (Published 02/05/2008)

 

Kick in the Eye-Sea of Bitterness - Reviewer Unknown

Vancouver, BC seems to have a very dynamic live music scene that is capable of producing all styles of musical expression. Kick In The Eye is a glorious marriage of punk rock music with hippy counter-culture themes. Throw in the occasional modern rock confection and you have Sea Of Bitterness, Kick In The Eye's 2008 release. Sonically Kick In The Eye is closer to punk than anything else. Melodies and vocals prize authenticity over accuracy and the songwriting is just a bit bumpy at times, but that's where the punk comparison ends. Punk Rock is based in profound rejection of authority and assimilation, whereas Kick In The Eye seems to embrace the modern dogma of Politically Correct rebellion. This contradiction is found a in a lot of pop culture at the moment and undermines the punk spirit and rebellion that is rock and roll. That being said, Kick In The Eye makes enjoyable music, but are perhaps not as nearly counter-culture as they might think. Highlights include Red Army Overdrive, Back Off, Anytime and Bounty Killer Blues. Marian Lochrie's vocals sound like those of a young child, adding an ironic bite to the songs here that is not intended but is nevertheless notable. Kick In The Eye presents themselves as being thoroughly anti-establishment, and yet site influences or beliefs that are as stringently marketable fascist movements as the movements they aspire to contain or sabotage. While much of the message Kick In The Eye looks to convey has merit, the arguments themselves are often built on the same marketing tactics and half-truths that they deplore. This takes power from the music and leaves us with a pleasant album that is vaguely impotent in message. Rating: 2.5 Stars (Out of 5)

Kick in the Eye - Red Army Overdrive
By Pucknation

Score: 6.5 (of 10) Kick In The Eye is a Canadian duo. The band, which has been around for over ten years, consists of Marian and Donnie Lochrie. Red Army Overdrive is a preview of the band’s next full-length album. Kick In The Eye plays raw rock songs. The band’s songs are a bit on the simple riff-y side, but they are pretty well performed and fairly catchy. Though decent these songs are not particularly original or interesting, and the band doesn’t really stretch its creative muscles much. Marian Lochrie’s energetic vocals are high-pitched, bordering on grating at times, such as on “Worseful Life.” Lyrically the band’s songs are pretty catchy and fun, though a bit simple and repetitive. Overall: On Red Army Overdrive it really sounds like the band feels like it’s found a niche and feels comfortable sticking in it.

Kick in the Eye - Red Army Overdrive
By Chris Walter - The Nerve Magazine

The principles here, Marian and Donnie Lochrie, must be sick of the White Stripes comparisons, but they’re unavoidable given the boy/girl dynamics at work here. Kick in the Eye play basic, roots-based rock enthusiastically and without guile making Red Army Overdrive very easy to enjoy. This three-song demo is just a tease from an upcoming album called Sea of Bitterness, which seems like an odd title given the upbeat tempo of these tracks. Unless the remainder of the album is Joy Division-style doom and gloom, they should call it Sea of Happiness. But that probably wouldn’t sell, would it?
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Kick in the Eye - Red Army Overdrive
By Daniel Demois - Spill Magazine

At times this single is so sugary it can be nauseating, in a way that I can only liken to children’s music. Imagine if you will, any kids television program theme, with the same chorus sung over and over again. Kick in the Eye claim that the three song set was inspired by the writing of Naomi Klein and ‘reflects their views on modern society.’ The three track single was released for National Day of Action and the only tie in to this theme is the final song “Gerald Charlie Stomp” which is inspired by Vancouver based Aboriginal musician Gerald Charlie, but the song has zero political comment. It’s about a dance party where Gerald Charlie is playing, and I’m not sure how the mere mention of his name is meant to bring about political awareness. Even if it did, Marian Lochrie’s bubblegum vocals would still drive you to madness. I really find it difficult to see any political motivation to this music, and instead can only recognize the standard relationship drama that has fueled so much derivative pop music. This is straight up pop rock; a modern copycat of fifties boy/girl bands, with predictable instrumentation, vocals, and little emotion. Sorry. http://www.spillmagazine.com/

Kick in the Eye - Midnight Sleight Ride
By Rootstime Belgium

Label : Eigen Beheer Omstreeks deze tijd van het jaar sturen de meeste mensen een sms-je of een kerstkaartje naar elkaar om het beste voor het nieuwe jaar te wensen. Maar er zijn gelukkig ook nog uitzonderingen. Marian en Donnie Lochrie - het echtpaar van de Canadese groep Kick In The Eye - stuurden ons vorige week een kerst-CD toe met daarop persoonlijk ingesproken kerst- en nieuwjaarswensen met daarbovenop enkele thuis opgenomen kerstliedjes. Niet de traditionele "Merry Christmas" of "Jingle Bells" maar eigenhandig geschreven liedjes zoals "Reason For The Season", "Hoping For Snow" en "Christmas Is Coming". Tussendoor worden ER ook nog even wat persoonlijke boodschappen ingesproken en vertellen ze ons dat ze pas terug gekomen zijn van een fijne vakantietrip in een warme oord en dat ze daar een vakantiesong hebben opgenomen. Daarna wordt "Happy Holidays In Honolulu" ingezet, een typische Beach Boys surfsong. Al bij al moet je Kick In The Eye niet al te serieus opvatten, soms krijg je zelf de indruk dat ze knotsgek zijn (maar dat doet geen pijn). Het is de fun die telt en samen met dit tussendoortje kondigen ze ook aan dat ER op 14 februari 2008 een nieuwe full-CD zal verschijnen met de titel "Sea Of Bitterness". Stuur ons maar een exemplaartje toe ter bespreking. En alvast ook van (valsam) de beste wensen aan Kick In The Eye voor een muzikaal 2008. (valsam) www.rootstime.be

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Revisited
By Loosey Lucy - LooseyLucy Headquarters

Both Kick in the Eye's Rock and Roll Revisited and Red Army Overdrive contain good old-fashioned rock and roll with an acoustic punk edge. This band is just all around fun! Songs like "Worseful Life" and "Burnsided" will have you snapping your fingers and singing along. "Gerald Charlie Stomp" and "All Night Long" will have you dancing and stomping your feet. Kick in the Eye does have it's serious side and is very musically diverse. "Too Many Women Blues" is a great old school 12-bar blues tune. "Treat Me Right" is a sweet ballad that musically kind of has a Cowboy Junkies feel, and the band even performs an old-time country waltz, "Graveyard Waltz." If you are looking for fresh old style rock and roll, listen to Kick in the Eye. They rock!!!

Kick In The Eye - Rock and Roll Revisited
By Helen Tipping - PennyBlack Music

Kick In The Eye have departed from the lo-fi, poppy Jesus and Mary Chain sounds of previous album 'Starliner' to make Rock and Roll Revisited. As trades descriptions go, that's a pretty accurate title. It's an album of 50's style rock and roll, but with an occasional nod to T-Rex and the Beach Boys. Lyrically it's very much typical rock and roll content - relationship strife and angst - and the sound is much clearer. First track 'Burnsided' is a classic dumping song, but sung in a very upbeat rocking style, whilst 'Stop Messin' My Heart Around' is about not being able to leave someone you really want. 'All Night Long', in a similar style, is about being fancied by the wrong guy. Just as you wonder if they can really do anything else with rock n roll comes 'Too Many Women Blues' which is just what it says on the tin, and much slower and more bluesy than the three preceding tracks. It all takes me back to listening to my Dad's Buddy Holly records. 'Hurricane' brings out Marc Bolan style vocals, even down to the oooeeeeooos. 'Graveyard Waltz' changes again, with itsn plucking guitar style edging towards C&W, and continuing on with this theme in 'My Home on the Fraser' which sounds like The Alabama 3 moving to Canada! They are clearly having a good time with this album. I particularly liked 'Too Many Women Blues' and 'My Home on the Fraser', though I have to say that overall I preferred 'Starliner'. They call it an exploration of the roots of rock and roll and it's clearly about Kick in the Eye collecting together a number of their songs, old and new, that are influenced by old style American music and exploring their relationship to that music. Rock and roll is the foundation of much of today's music, and their love for it shines through. Helen Tipping http://www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk/

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Revisited
By Rootstime Belgium

Label : Eigen Beheer Jongen en meisje die samen alle instrumenten bespelen in een rockgroep, dan kan je niet vermijden dat ER vergeleken wordt met The White Stripes. Maar Kick In The Eye is heel wat anders Dan broer en zus White. Dit is veel meer rauwe no-nonsense rock’n’roll en rockabilly met blues en countryinvloeden in de stijl van Southern Kids On The Block. Hun muziek doet me veelal denken aan de sixties-sound van The Beach Boys en The Ronettes. “Kick In The Eye” was de titel van een bekende song van Bauhaus maar daar heeft deze groep niets mee te maken, al weten we niet zeker of deze song de inspiratie voor hun groepsnaam was. Hier gaat het om Donnie en Marian Lochrie, een echtpaar uit Vancouver, Canada die ook samen deel uitmaakten van de lokale popgroep DMX. Jongen en meisje die samen alle instrumenten bespelen in een rockgroep, Dan kan je niet vermijden dat ER vergeleken wordt met The White Stripes. Maar Kick In The Eye is heel wat anders Dan broer en zus White. Dit is veel meer rauwe no-nonsense rock’n’roll en rockabilly met blues en countryinvloeden in de stijl van Southern Kids On The Block. Hun muziek doet me veelal denken aan de sixties-sound van The Beach Boys en The Ronettes. “Kick In The Eye” was de titel van een bekende song van Bauhaus maar daar heeft deze groep niets mee te maken, al weten we niet zeker of deze song de inspiratie voor Hun groepsnaam was. Hier gaat het om Donnie en Marian Lochrie, een echtpaar uit Vancouver, Canada die ook samen deel uitmaakten van de lokale popgroep DMX. Ze hebben blijkbaar gekozen voor een hobby die ietwat afwijkt van wat een doorsnee jonge echtpaar pleegt doen. Zij laten de televisie ’s avonds voor wat ie is en halen Hun drumstel en gitaren boven om enkele uurtjes keihard te rammen, songs te componeren en zich in het zweet te spelen, alvorens een verdiende nachtrust op te zoeken. Ze volharden ook in de boosheid, zoals blijkt uit de verschillende platen die ze al hebben uitgebracht. In 2001 verscheen Hun eerste album “Rock And Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye”, een EP-tje met 5 songs. Twee jaar later was ER Dan “Garage Sale - Big Time”, Hun eerste full-CD met 12 nummers waar het enthousiasme van afdruipt. Vorig jaar volgde Dan een tweede album “Starliner” met niets nieuws onder de zon, maar wel nog steeds even goed. Zonder op enig moment ook maar iets gecompliceerd te willen ondernemen spelen en zingen de Lochries dat het een lieve lust is om te aanhoren. Om beurten nemen ze de zangpartij voor Hun rekening en dat wordt vooral plezant als Marian haar keel openzet. Fun, fun, fun gedurende 40 minuten op “Rock And Roll Revisited” met enkele bijzonder leuke songs als “All Night Long”, “Stop Messin’ My Heart Around”, “Thirty Miles”, “Hurricane”, de slow “Treat Me Right”, de countryblues van “Too Many Women Blues” en het uiterst dansbare “Graveyard Waltz”. Als je soms hoort hoe moeilijk sommige artiesten het zich maken om een song klaar te stomen, Dan kan je ze alleen maar aanraden om eens bij de Lochries langs te gaan want voor dit echtpaar is dat absoluut “a piece of cake”. Zeer plezant schijfje dat je waarschijnlijk alleen rechtstreeks van de artiesten zelf kan kopen. Toch doen is het advies van (valsam) http://www.rootstime.be/

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Revisited
By Calvin Powers - Taproot Radio

August 03, 2007 Kick In The Eye is an in your face bluesy roots rock duo who can take you back to the days of rock and roll legends quicker than you can say Buddy Holly. Donnie captures that tough boy swagger that would make Bo Didley envious and Marian can belt out a song just like Wanda Jackson. playlist: All Night Long Thirty Miles Graveyard Waltz http://www.taprootradio.com/

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Revisited
By David Cowling - Americana UK

Exactly what it says on the cover Marian and Donnie have taken rock and roll, added some fun, some lemonade and shook it up so it comes fizzing out a blast of sweet sugary loving rock. Donnie does the straight vocals, keeping the songs in order whilst Marian’s vocals are a sexy funny blast of girl groups (think Kate Pierson passing through songs on the way to a party). ‘Hurricane’ boogies along until it crashes into the Beach Boys and the Ronettes and with a chorus of ‘Ooohhhh’ which sounds flat on paper but which takes off like a kite in a squall. ‘Thirty Miles’ drag races down the same strip where Marian’s vocals circle around Donnie’s like custard round crumble. They sure have the beach-pop primitive rock thing down tight, with ‘Stop Messin’ My Heart Around’ being another prime example. A change of pace with the straight-faced ballad ‘Treat Me Right’ proves they have more than one crop in their field and there’s the murder dance of ‘Graveyard Waltz’ where their voices dance together in the graveyard with Marian playing the part of the sweet unfaithful wife. Beneath the cartoonish premise (and the actual cartoon on the lyric sheet) there is something that goes beyond the simple ingredients - they stumble upon moments of great charm and there are far too many of those moments to think that they might be flukes. This is the sound of two talented people having a good time. Date review added: Friday, August 31, 2007 Reviewer: David Cowling Get your eye kicks here: www.kickintheeye.ca http://www.americanauk.com/

Kick In The Eye - Rock and Roll Revisited
By Catriona Boyle - Tasty Fanzine

Not quite a Letter from America, but an A3 envelope from Canada containing a wonderfully DIY packaged CD featuring Canadian duo Kick In The Eye’s “full-length exploration of the roots of rock and roll”. It seems I’m in for quite the musical journey. Rock and Roll Revisited is essentially that. Old fashioned rock and roll songs featuring the obligatory slightly flat country twang, 12 bar blues, harmonica (played by someone named ‘Huggybear’) and lyrics revolving around girls and cars. Fresh sounding this is not. The songs follow the formula of a genre laid to rest some time ago, but if it’s the original rock and roll you’re after this’ll satisfy your appetite nicely. http://www.tastyfanzine.org.uk

Kick In The Eye - Starliner
By Comfort Comes

Kick in the Eye is a indie rock duo from Vancouver, Donnie Lochrie - guitar, vocals and Marian Lochrie - bass guitar, vocals. They describe themselves as Beach Boys plus T-Rex, Mathew Sweet and Kasabian equals their sound. But, they seem to sound like Mates of State if they recorded in the 60s and 70s. That’s the beauty of Kick In The Eye they have that Wall of Sound Phil Spector feel going on but still have a good modern indie feel to it. Tracks like “Honey Bee” and “Aftersound” invoke the sound of 70s quite nicely. Being Kick In The Eye’s third album it is quite good. It is light and fresh and just a lot of fun. That’s the beauty of Kick In The Eye they have that Wall of Sound Phil Spector feel going on but still have a good modern indie feel to it. www.comfortcomes.com

Kick In The Eye - Starliner
By Terence Dick - Broken Pencil

You can't judge a booklet by its cover, and this CD just goes to prove it. Using the lamest fonts available, Kick in the Eye professes to be "100% Anti-Establishment" in their press release, which is all fine and good but a bit unrealistic when the music they make is sixties harmony pop backed by softly buzzsawing guitars. I thought it was going to be bellowing modern rock. Instead, it's bratty doo-wop than mines the same territory originally struck by the Ramones but updated with boy-girl vocals care of the Lochries, a husband and wife team-I'm guessing-that make up in three minute gems what they lose on graphic design. (Terence Dick) reviewed in BP 35 http://www.brokenpencil.com

Kick in the Eye - Starliner
By Orcasound

A brother sister (Donnie and Marian Lochrie) rock duo from Vancouver...hmmm, are they another version of The White Stripes...are they (White Stripes) even brother and sister? This brother and sister are definitely a lot more under the radar than the aforementioned duo, but they are certainly more fun. They are an anti-establishment and big business type musical outfit who record and release their own records. No big contract for these two! All their music seems like it was recorded in one or two takes and is really organic sounding. The brother and sister each take turns with the lead vocal duties, which makes for an interesting sound. Musically they definitely fall into the alternative category, but it is still music you can dance to as there are plenty of hooks and catchy beats Orcasound http://www.orcasound.com

Kick in the Eye - Starliner
By Russell Barker - RussellsReviews

This duo from Vancouver have come up with a great punk-pop album. Funnily where they list their influences to include Jesus and Mary Chain and Kasabian, I hear more of the Ramones, Juliana Hatfield and Silver Sun in the end product. Where I do agree with them, is their description of their music as a lo-fi wall of sound. It comes together best on the stadium power pop with twee bubblegum backing vocals of 'Honey Bee', the Ramones like snotty punk of 'City At The Edge Of Time', which is infused with even more of the girl group vibe that da brudders loved themselves and the very fine sassy indie pop of 'Strike Force Overhead'. Elsewhere there are some great interacting vocals on 'Let's Get Away From A While' and a lovely twee Christmas song called 'Hopin For Snow'. Starliner is that rare thing nowadays, an album where the quality doesn't let up and it works as a great big whole. Things are evidently stirring underground in Canada again... Download 'Honey Bee' for free from their myspace page to see if you agree. http://www.russellsreviews.co.uk

Kick in the Eye - Starliner
By Richard Oliver - Ear Candy Magazine

3 TCB’s (out of 4) TCB = Takin' Care of Business  This is Kick In The Eye before Kick In The Eye. BMX had only been together about six months when they won free recording time at a local competition but the recording time was with students at a recording school. Instead of being really anal and recording one song really polished and proper they opted to go the cool route and record ten songs really fast. They were only allowed so many minutes of one inch digital tape so at one point they went back and rerecorded two songs at a faster tempo to have room for the last song. This is the way rock n’ roll should be created. If you can’t get it in one or two takes then forget it. I mean, how good could it be if you have to spend thousands of dollars to make it sound good? Anyway, they walked away with a fine batch of songs that sound somewhat like Matthew Sweet meets Jesus And The Mary Chain. I really love the male / female lead vocal trade-offs. Standout favorite is “After Sound”. A fun cd from start to finish.

Kick in the Eye - Starliner
By Stylus Magazine

So, calling yourself Kick in the Eye is a good thing, since that’s presumably taken from the title of the Bauhaus song, and I loves me some Bauhaus, quite a lot actually. But then I’m looking at the “Cheese Wars Episode I: The Vegetable Menace” cartoon in the inside and thinking, “Umm…well…” And one song, according to the lyric sheet, begins, “Alone and listening to/The Rolling Stones and Chicago blues,” which, my being horrible and petty, I find to be a crime against nature. (I murder puppies as well.) The album is called Starliner so maybe this is just Gary Numan for Black Keys fans. Behold! It’s…dim sounding power-pop dork rock? Uh-huh. Handclaps and quirkiness! Gooniness! This is music to cook jasmine rice to and otherwise ignore while doing so, which I am now going to do. http://www.stylusmagazine.com

Kick in the Eye - Starliner
By Michael Toland - High Bias

For the Canadian couple that comprises Kick in the Eye, matrimonial bliss is as much about making music together as whoopy. The duo’s latest disk Starliner also shows a healthy obsession with pop in all its forms, as Donnie and Marian Lochrie try to cram everything they love about glam, bubblegum, psychedelia and power pop into every groove. Catchy hooks, close harmonies, sugary fuzz and singalong choruses abound-cf. “Aftersound,” “Big Waves” and the ridiculously sweet “Honey Bee.” Starliner is like a souffle using the Bay City Rollers and Shoes as ingredients and prepared by the Jesus and Mary Chain. http://community.livejournal.com/highbias/

Kick in the Eye - Starliner
By André Péloquin - BangBangtemort Magazine

Avec un tel nom, soit les membres de ce groupe power pop de Vancouver sont incroyablement confiants ou naïfs.Pas de doute après une première écoute de CE troisième compact: Kick In The Eye est aussi confiant que naïf. Malgré une pochette douteuse et quelques pièces niaises (Who Do u Think U R semble avoir été écrit par une jeune fille de 12 ans avec UN texto de cellulaire), le duo rafraîchit avec brio UN genre popularisé pendant les années 90 par des formations comme That Dog ou encore The Rentals. Bien que de nos jours la formule duo-homme-femme-jouant-de-la-musique-ensemble-et-peut-être-plus soit plutôt associée aux White Stripes, The Dagons, The Raveonettes et autres combos broyant du noir et Des accords tonitruants, Marian et Donnie Lochrie tirent leur épingle du jeu par Des influences et une joie de vivre incroyablement contagieuses. Bref, gardez Kick In The Eye à l’oeil. http://www.bangbangtemort.com/

Kick in the Eye - Garage Sale--Big Time!
By Shawn Conner - The Georgia Straight

Either this is the most calculated disc in the annals of rock history or it's the real thing, and from the amateurish packaging and recording I'm inclined to think the latter. Plus, it's difficult to fake this kind of inspired enthusiasm. Kick in the Eye is a Mission duo having so much fun playing blues-rock that it makes the White Stripes seem like an invention by Swedish songwriters living in Florida. Holding the rootsy garage sale are Donnie and Marian Lochrie, who once fronted Vancouver pop band BMX and who trade off vocals or harmonize on the very basic, and I mean basic, songs. But basic doesn't mean bad, certainly not in this case, where it translates to a respect for the easy magic of guitar, rhythm, voice, and melody. Personally, I found the disc thoroughly entertaining, especially when Marian lets loose with a sexy growl, as on "All Night Long". However, less-generous Straight writer Mike Usinger once characterized Kick in the Eye, based on a previous EP, as "the kind of act that plugs in and makes a pain in the ass of itself when you're trying to enjoy a quiet pint in your neighbourhood pub. Caveat emptor.

Kick In The Eye - Garage Sale – Big Time! 
3 ½ reddi-whip cans (out of 4)
By Richard Oliver - Ear Candy Magazine

Donnie and Marian Lochrie are back with their first full length offering. Twelve songs that clock in at just over 45 minutes. First up, “All Night Long” rocks with the best of them but the second track “Honey Bee” is the standout single if I ever heard one, falling somewhere between the White Stripes and the 5,6,7,8’s. This song is so catchy you’ll need an antibiotic just to get over it. “Treat Me Right” has a slow, smooth Lucinda Williams groove to it that kinda seeps into your brain like wine into a white cotton shirt. You just know it won’t come out. “Big Waves” has a KISS guitar riff surfing in a New York Dolls ocean of longing for love lyrics. “Wastin’ Time” sounds like a stripped down Redneck Greece with rev’ed up backing vocals and rounding the whole package out are two Christmas songs just in time for the holidays, “Hopin’ For Snow” and “Christmas Is Comin’”. A great CD at a garage sale price. For fans of Southern Culture On The Skids, The Muffs, The White Stripes and Sit n’ Spin.

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Terry Allen - HearD Magazine

A pretty cool little 5 track ep from Canadian duo Kick In The Eye, which reminds me just a little of a couple of recent releases, but this really does sound fresh. The pair have created a pretty well updated sound on an old theme, running the gamut of styles from all sorts of rock & roll from the very early days, right up to modern times.It's the interesting paring of vocals here that really defines the band's style, a little like some of the old B-52s material. My favourite track here is the very catchy "Stop Messin' My Heart Around", while single "Hurricane" is also very cool, though I think the closer "Thirty Miles" is another very impressive number, which I guess they all are. If you like great, no nonsense rock & roll in the old sense, then this band is certainly going to make a big impression.

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Indie Journal

This 5 song EP by the Canadian duo “Kick in the Eye” would have been more aptly titled “Rockabilly Needs a Jolt of Brian Wilson?” The EP contains 2 covers and 3 originals, and in all honesty I would have had no idea these were covers because I have absolutely never heard of either one of them. Which is probably giving guitarist Donnie Lochrie and bass player Marian Lochrie a good laugh right about now. “What we have here are just 5 kick-butt rockabilly tunes with a touch of punk and a heavy dose of Beach Boys harmonies thrown right in. Is there a Punkabilly market somewhere?? You ain’t gonna find this at your local Git-n-Go. Ya gotta visit their website.” - Ronnie Redneck In all seriousness, while the music and style is not something I personally enjoy, they do a great job doing what THEY want to do. Which is “Rockabilly.” And there IS a rockabilly market out there. The production is top-notch. Music, lead vocals, harmonies...all mixed in without flaw. Both Donnie and Marian are good musicians, and yes....they put in Beach Boys harmonies!! They’re self producing this CD right down to the sleeve. They have songs available for download on their website, where you can also pickup merchandise and the CD. Their website in itself is an interesting place. Not only is it an instant promo pack, but it also contains Editorials and Reviews done by Donnie and Marian. Visiting their site is a must for rockabilly fans, rednecks, and anyone else who likes to ride in the country taking batting practice on roadside mailboxes. I’m already visualizing what a hillbilly-mosh pit looks like.... http://stations.mp3s.com/stations/279/indie_journal_reviews.htm

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye

[Genres: country, country rock] This is a collection of enjoyable country rock tunes from Vancouver, Canada's Kick In The Eye. Contained within are two cover songs and three original pieces. "Hurricane," one of Kick In The Eye's own songs, is a delightful ditty that is sure to get stuck in your head. It is definitely influenced by some of The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds"-era work. "Thirty Miles" is another happy, bouncy number that will be sure to leave you humming its melody for hours on end. All of these songs use a similar formula, taking a happy, sugar-coated approach to their music that will definitely slap a smile on your face. While they're short on content in some places, they make it up with pure fun. 76% March 2002

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Woody - Woodys Reviews

“Rock and Roll Needs a Kick in the Eye” by Kick in the Eye This 5 song EP by the Canadian duo “Kick in the Eye” would have been more aptly titled “Rockabilly Needs a Jolt of Brian Wilson?” The EP contains 2 covers and 3 originals, and in all honesty I would have had no idea these were covers because I have absolutely never heard of either one of them. Which is probably giving guitarist Donnie Lochrie and bass player Marian Lochrie a good laugh right about now. “What we have here are just 5 kick-butt rockabilly tunes with a touch of punk and a heavy dose of Beach Boys harmonies thrown right in. Is there a Punkabilly markett somewhere?? You ain’t gonna find this at your local Git-n-Go. Ya gotta visit their website.” - Ronnie Redneck. In all seriousness, while the music and style is not something I personally enjoy, they do a great job doing what THEY want to do. Which is “Rockabilly.” And there IS a rockabilly markett out there. The production is topnotch Music, lead vocals, harmonies...all mixed in without flaw. Both Donnie and Marian are good musicians, and yes....they put in Beach Boys harmonies!! They’re self producing this CD right down to the sleeve. They have songs available for download on their website, where you can also pickup merchandise and the CD. Their website in itself is an interesting place. Not only is it an instant promo pack, but it also contains Editorials and Reviews done by Donnie and Marian. Visiting their site is a must for rockabilly fans, rednecks, and anyone else who likes to ride in the country taking batting practice on roadside mailboxes. I’m already visualizing what a hillbilly-mosh pit looks like....

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Great White Noise Magazine

Close your eyes and remember the music of Kentucky Headhunters for a moment. Ok, finished? Now toss in The B-52's. Messed up enough yet? Finally, add a little of The Beach Boys. Brain overload, I know. But this is exactly what you can expect on the 5 song self released e.p. Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye from the British Columbia duo of Kick In The Eye. A little dirty boogie, some country shuffle, and lots of old time fun sounding music is exactly what you are going to find on this disk. It is easy to picture the pair of Donnie Lochrie (guitar and vocals) and Marian Lochrie, with the addition of Jerry Adolphe on drums, being a huge hit at any Royal Canadian Legion or country rock bar in the country. The opening song, Shake Yer Hips, sets a fast paced and foot tapping pace. This song, for me, was the highlight of the entire disk. Another good one is the final cut Thirty Miles. Both are tight tunes musically, showing the fact that this band has put in their dues during practice sessions. Unfortunately, there are a couple of moments on this disk where the pair seems to loose a bit of direction, particularly on the remake of the song No Depression. This song seems out of place and probably could have been better filled with another original composition. Also, while some people might like the varying style of the songs, it might prove as a hindrance to some listeners enjoyment. Kick In The Eye is probably not a band that is ever going to get much airplay on conventional radio. Their sound is too unique to ever fit in. Don't however, let this stop you from sampling their work. I have the distinct feeling that this is a band that would bring down any beer hall in the country. I hope that someday I am inside one when they do! Strengths: tight musically, unique sound, 3 good songs. Weaknesses: 1 average song, 1 not so good song, only five songs on disk makes it a little harder to get a true feel for them. Overall, this disk is rated a solid 2 1/2 out of a possible 5. http://www.greatwhitenoise.ca

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Mawders - SoundsXP Magazine

Kick in the Eye are a country rock n skiffle duo from BC, Canada and if you like your music to be quirky, catchy and slightly bluesy then these are your dudes. Opener Shake Your Hips is an old Slim Harpo number but Marian's accented vocals give it a fresh twist. Hurricane is great, simple bluesy pop with a nice riff, sort of Plastic Bertrand playing Hotel Yorba. Stop Messing My Heart Around is warm Beach Boys harmonies and toe tappably infectious. There's no filler on here as even the last two tracks on this EP are enjoyable. http://www.soundsxp.com

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Somnie - Somnie's Cyberspace

This neatly titled CD is indicative of the energy and zeal with which the married duo, Donnie and Marian (Lochrie), are promoting themselves. It does anything but make you want to sit back and relax. Come to think of it, the brevity of the material is one hundred percent positive and up-tempo. In contemplating the CD, I've come to the realization that Kick in the Eye has an affinity for the "Doo-Wop Ditty"- a good thing if your goal is to have rip-roaring good time while tearing up the dance floor. I'm inclined to believe, however, that attending a live performance would be more productive to the booty shaking than sliding in the CD during some house party. Kick in the Eye is quintessential Rock-a-Billy. The roots are a compilation of artists such as Leadbelly, Hank Williams, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, T-Rex, Gram Parsons, The Velvet Underground, The Stone Roses, R.L. Burnside, etc. The undertones are country; and the nuances are classic pop-rock . All this coily dipped with Donnie 's nasal Jell-O (Dead Kennedys) vocals and Marian 's clear and rhythmic soprano voice. Their well-opted debut single, " Hurricane" reminds me of a 'swirly country-Byrds/ Beach Boys combo'. From a creative perspective (harmonically and lyrically) there is nothing esoteric, idiosyncratic or forceful about them. The songs in R'n'R Needs ... 'sound' similar in that the music and the lyrics appear to be somewhat interchangeable. The drum pattern is repetitive as are the short-lived chunky guitar flourishes. This, however, is probably contributable to the fact that their drummers are more stand-ins than actual members of the band - therefore impeding creative output. The rhyming structures are simple though sensitive and marked with moments of good-natured wit. This album is honest, unpretentious and its appeal is not age range specific. Besides, if someone doesn't bother to stretch the boundaries of music with far-out experimentation or some new fangled eastern instrument, they feel pretty good and fun for any kind of audience. This 'return to rock consciousness' CD is whack full of knee jerking ballads; building up on a swing, surf and country vibe which is energetic and playful. This CD is not intended for the Rock Intelligentsia crooners. - March 2002

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Tim Holek - Blues Bytes Magazine

Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye is a five track genre-bending EP featuring 16 minutes of country-fried boogie from Kick In The Eye. The band consists of a husband and wife team based in British Columbia, Canada. They bill themselves as a good time country rock band. Donnie Lochrie (guitar/vocals) and Marian Lochrie (bass guitar/vocals) combine honky tonk shuffles with Beach Boys vocal arrangements. The EP comes with three original songs, two covers, and drums courtesy of Jerry Adolphe. There is plenty of energy to be found on the opening number, "Shake Yer Hips," where Donnie’s guitar rocks. However, the Cyndi Lauper-styled vocals don’t befit the tune. With one listen of "Hurricane," images of surfing will come to mind. And I’m not talking about surfing the Internet! Here, Donnie’s vocals are reminiscent of early '80s punk. This feel continues on "Stop Messin My Heart Around." On this catchy rhythmic tune, the couple’s vocal harmonies mesh nicely. "No Depression" is real boppy with some twang. The vocals have a country flavour, but they don’t sound natural. Like most independent released debuts, this one appears to have been funded on a low budget. The cover and liner is in black and white and the CD itself is a Maxell CD-R. Still, Donnie and Marian are to be applauded for their creativity, which required thinking outside of the box. Blues music fans will not find anything to be attracted to here. The EP will appeal to roots music fans who like to try anything once.

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By JM - FYD Magazine

This is an incredibly fun EP from greater metro Vancouver couple Marian and Donnie Lochrie.  I don't think I've smiled this much after hearing something, nor had the urge to get out of my chair and dance around like a dumbass, grinning Flintstone since the first time I heard Papas Fritas's "Hey Hey You Say"...and this has a real similar vibe.  In essence, the EP shares that track's Beach Boys-y "music as instrument of fun" intention.  (Note: my wife, who's not even reading this, is totally DOING that dumbass, grinning Flintstone dance next to me.  Shaking her arms above her head from side to side and jumping around.  It's viral, the fun this record produces.) So it starts off with a cover of the Stones' "Hip Shake," which is a sort of cheeky song to wrangle.  You have to walk the walk to try to pull that off, and they, happily, do.  They turn the original's dark and spooky irony into a dance hall hit, bouncing the riffs like a super ball and tossing Marian's super-swell tough little girl voice into it.  A nice, fuzzy solo rounds out a great track. Then it rolls into the big ol' beauty of "Hurricane"...which is this odd, yet totally credible original whose lyrics and rhythm echo a truck driving song.  But the bouncy "ooo ooo ooo...oooooo we eww eww eww" backup vocals and the all-flanged-up guitar that hangs above the track make the thing sound like the best beach-party-truck-driving-song I've ever heard. (We're on track three, now, and this is the first time my wife's heard it, and she's still totally grooving.  "Who IS this?" she says.) "Stop Messing My Heart Around" is another Beach Boys-y romper.  These two have some great harmonies going, with sufficient twang in their voices and their plucking to mix up the influences and keep things interesting.  Maybe it's what the Beach Boys would have sounded like if they grew up on a farm. The cover of the Carter Family's "No Depression," though, is my favorite track.  It totally whips the original into a fruity milkshake, taking its brooding hopelessness about facing the Great Depression and turning it into this groovy yellow smiley face of musical optimism.  Donnie handles the vocals with this just-shy-of-dopey affected hick voice.  Then Marian chimes in with the backup...these sweet and cheerful affirmations like "uh-huh!" "that's right!" and "won't be mindin' me!"  I tell you, it's a hoot.  And a holler.  Really! In short, if you like Bloodshot Records-esque alt-country or the Beach Boys or Papas Fritas or if you're pro-fun in general, you should check this record out.  It's only $10 Canadian, which is, like, $2 US, and it's worth every freaky Canadian penny. An added bonus is their fun website where they share weekly musings on their favorite records, essays about things like Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys' Smile, and a fanclub whose members get the skinny on new tracks before they're publicly available. Life would be a lot more beautiful if, instead of brooding sourpusses like the White Stripes, this duo were in command.  Go help make that happen, would ya? (JM)- January 2003

Kick in the Eye - Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Discorder Magazine
 
Imagine, if you dare, a husband and wife musical two-piece who live in Mission and describe their sound as super-charged, country-fried boogie. You might wonder why they would even think of sending their EP to the likes of us -- after all, they might be the kind of duo that plays covers on the pub circuit under names like Deuces Wild and 2 of a Kind. Luckily (and I hope you musicians out there will take note), I don't let questions like this deter me from listening to the CDs that come in. And what I heard right away was a rollicking country-blues-rock first track with -- most shocking of all -- very familiar vocals. As it happens, this husband and wife team, Marian and Donnie Lochrie, used to front a band called BMX, one of Vancouver's great pop hopes of the mid-'90s Kick in the Eye has BMX's striking girl-and-guy quirky / glam vocal sound, this time combined with energetic, cowboy-boot stomping songs. If you remember BMX, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the transition; if you've never heard Marian and Donnie before, download a track form their web site and find out why they caused such a fuss the first time around. March 2002
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Kick in the Eye -
Rock and Roll Needs A Kick In The Eye
By Buzzbox
(Australia)

Description: Rock-a-Billy outfit with a twist of groove. "I have heard many media type folk classify this talent under Country, I shun the thought. Definitely Rock-a-Billy outfit with a twist of groove. Having said this I could also imagine some boot scooting scantly-clad cheerleader looking types shaking their thang to this EP. Who are they? Two very cute and compact musicians by the name of Donnie Lochrie (guitar/vocals) and Marian Lochrie (bass guitar/vocals). Where on earth do you find these compact humans? Canada of course.. The country of flip top heads! Fresh, raw, organic and easy to consume, Kick in the Eye are not about complicated production suites or tacky pop producers. They are about Leadbelly, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, T-Rex, Neil Young, The Velvet Underground, The Clash, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, and honest easy listening rock'n'roll music. A nice web site that is easy to navigate filled with great info and surprises!" October 2002