KICKSTAND TRAVOLTA

Kickstand TravoltaSpawned from the tripped-out depths of the Music Industry Arts program, Kickstand Travolta came to be during one unassuming basement jam that magically unified 5 guys as a band and created our sound on the spot (see Where’s Miles? first rehearsal below). Those 5 guys would be Rob Hedge, Barrett Lawrence, Ben ‘Hair Salon’ Harrison, Geoff Jarvis and yours truly, and that sound i spoke of was a groovy mishmash of funk, folk, pop, rock, jazz and a touch of reggae, all swirling around to create lengthy explorations of musical weirdness.

Using a setup of vox/spoken word, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, organ, electric piano, bass, drums, and later the addition of extra percussion from ‘Bongo’ Ben Carter, we set out on a multi year path across the fields, barns, stages and studios of southwestern Ontario with one goal in mind: just make’em dance. With a heady combination of mostly original material sprinkled with a few funky covers we accomplished just that. From our first show opening for Gypsy Soul at Call the Office to playing the Embassy with moe. on their first Canadian tour to being infamously dissed by Sloan in Chart magazine, we were happy hippies living our caravan dream. Borrowed Tyme, Fat Cats, Jacqueline Rendell, House of Velvet, the Izen Brothers and Shikasta were all frequent travel companions on our hazy journey through the mid 90’s.

First album – i – 1995 by Kickstand Travolta

Kickstand 2.0 came about when Barrett left to continue on his magical mystery tour beyond the confines of a now 6-piece band and Borrowed Tyme’s Ben Kaplan was swiftly drafted to contribute a bluesy, guitar-driven element to the direction of the band. The manic energy of the live performances escalated quickly into sweaty dance floors fuelled by ever-lengthening jams, alcohol, psychedelics and weed.

Final demo sessions – August 1996 by Kickstand Travolta

All good things must come to pass, and on May 9, 1997 we played our final show to a packed house at the Embassy. Fittingly, Ben, Geoff and i, along with MIA pal Nick St. Hubbins, opened the show as Fly Fantastic, continuing on in the Kickstand tradition with a heavier blues base and even lengthier jams. But that is a story for the next section. This story comes to a close with a mantra from one of the earliest songs i heard from Barrett & Rob back when Geoff was passing me cassettes containing mad 4-track creations; livin’ it, laughin’ it, lovin’ it, digin’ it.

Kickstand Live Archive by Kickstand Travolta

6 comments

  1. Rob says:

    Wayne!

    I have very fond memories of busking/hanging with you. In terms of inspiration, it was really a two-way street.

    Your positive energy helped give me find confidence I didn’t think I had.

    Thank you,

    Rob

    • Wayne says:

      Hey Rob!!

      How are you???

      So awesome to hear from you man! Why don’t you come out to B.C. for a visit!
      You can stay with us and I can show you around! The music scene is killer out here.. I bet you I even have enough points to get you a round trip out here for free on my card!! Would love to reconnect brother!

      Shoot me an email!

      Waynelamberthastings@gmail.com

      I hope all is well

      Talk soon

      Wayne

  2. Wayne says:

    I just spent 2 hours listening to every song here from Kickstand Travolta. Man I miss you guys… I really love this music. Rob you were such an inspiration to me.

    Wayne

    • cowbellnation
      cowbellnation says:

      appreciate that wayne, i’ll pass on to rob. glad you came across the tunes! i figured if i put it out there that interested people would stumble across the old stuff from time to time. cheers.

      scotty

      • Wayne says:

        Hey Scotty
        That’s so awesome bro that you put these amazing songs up for us kickstand fans! I lived in London and would come out to every show! Those embassy shows were some of my favorite times! I believe the music I write today is still influenced by your funky music! Thanks for sharing brother!

        It was so cool to find this music again.

        Cheers

        Wayne Lambert

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