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The French Kicks are an indie rock group from New York, NY. Their sound is a mix of garage rock, post-punk, and modded pop. Band members include Nick Stumpf, Josh Wise, Lawrence Stumpf and Aaron Thurston.

Three of the original four band members of the group are from Washington, D.C. They were heavily influenced by the hardcore scene that flourished during their youth in the D.C. area. They cite bands including the Pixies and The Kinks as influences.

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French Kicks began playing together in a series of bands while in their teens and then all attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where they continued to play together. The three friends then moved to Brooklyn, New York and added vocalist/guitarist Josh Wise, a Princeton grad who originally hailed from Huntsville, Alabama, to the band.

In 1999, French Kicks released a self titled EP under the label My Pal God. Soon, after a lot of touring, the band signed to Startime International. They soon released the Young Lawyer EP in 2001. The group then embarked on a tour with fellow garage rockers The Vue and The Walkmen. In 2002 they released their first full length album, One Time Bells. In 2004, their next album, Trial of the Century was released.