Evolution is the third album by this group of neo-polka enthusiasts from Oshkosh, WI. With influences ranging from the generations-old regional polka bands from southeastern Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley to modern polka pioneers Brave Combo, K!CK is smack dab in the middle -- somewhere between the traditional and the new. Their version of "Pennsylvania" is true to the polka tradition, except for some very brief electric guitar fretwork "book-ending" the song. Accordion ace Danny Jerabek gives up his squeezebox in favor of the trumpet for this selection, and when in tandem with the saxophone-playing of his wife, Michelle Jerabek, a much larger brass section is implied. While most of the guitar-playing on Evolution is rhythm-based and not lead, the contribution of bassist Dave Jerabek and drummer Mark Powers most often injects K!CK's rock & roll element. It's the interaction between accordion and saxophones, however, that gives these songs zest and life. Although Jerabek's accordion style can be linked to varying European folk styles, it's clear that Cajun and Tex-Mex music are also to his liking. His own composition, "The Wall," is reflective of those multifarious influences. "La Nopalera" is a no-frills Tex-Mex piece, and "All You Ever Do" is a Cajun roots-rocker. So while "polka" is an easy label for this band, it doesn't entirely describe the music on Evolution.
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