Rebel Kicks is a New York City based duo who craft anthemic alternative pop infused with confessional rock for the ultimate sonic catharsis. Led by brothers Anthony and Steven Babino, Rebel Kicks is celebrated for their disarmingly personal and relatable music, anchored by the bold and harmonic blend of the brothers’ voices. Their songs feature mesmerizing synths, atomic guitar riffs and catchy hooks for a dynamic and inventive explosion of sound.
Formed in 2018, Rebel Kicks soon gained notoriety for their energetically electrifying live performances, as evidenced on their recent live EP, Whiskey & Sinatra Live in NYC. Taking turns with lead vocals, the singers and multi-instrumentalists create a memorable and hard-hitting show for their fervent fanbase. The duo have opened for notable acts including Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Mac Miller, Iggy Azalea, Incubus and more.
Rebel Kicks’ first album, A Portrait of Man: Part I was released in August 2020 and featured collaborations with acclaimed songwriters and producers, including Abe Dertner (Walk The Moon, MAX), Jeff Blue (Macy Gray, Hoobastank, Korn, Linkin Park), Jason Pennock (2pac, Polyenso, The Pussycat Dolls), Russ DeSalvo (Lou Reed, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie), and Jimmy Greco (Paramore, Santana). Incorporating themes such as love, loss, self-acceptance, and hope for a better future after a political downfall, A Portrait of Man: Part I is a fourteen track that reaches the core of people’s thoughts and emotions while staying relevant to the times.
The duo’s single “Floating”, released in March 2021, was written and recorded in quarantine during 2020. “It’s an up-beat reflection on the power of turning inward, and quieting the noise through meditation. Instead of dwelling on the negative during these dark times, we wanted to focus our energy on conveying a cathartic, positive message, and we hope this song does just that.”
Their highly-anticipated upcoming single, “We Should Go Missing”, was written and recorded with Jackson Hoffman (Young Rising Sons, Micky James) and Ryder Stuart (CANNON) and is “a metaphor for daydreaming of escape.” The track details the ultimate nirvana in “finding that inner tranquility we all seek, freeing your mind from the daily stresses and anxieties that we all deal with.” Featuring exuberant vocals, a powerful driving rhythm, and a sweeping synth pop melody culminating into a climatic sing-along chorus, “We Should Go Missing” is the ultimate alternative rock escape.
Since its inception, Rebel Kicks has seen growing success, with multiple song features on MTV and Showtime attracting fans across the globe. Their music video for the song “Let It Out” combines elements of interpretive dance with ASL, and has been recognized as a finalist in numerous film festivals, including the 2019 Big Apple Film Festival.
Rebel Kicks’ upcoming single “We Should Go Missing” is set for release worldwide on November 3, 2021.