Singled Out: Kicking Harold's American Nitro

Kicking Harold singer/guitarist Tim David Kelly tells us about the song "American Nitro" (the unofficial follow-up to "Gasoline," their theme song for the show Overhaulin') from their new album "Red Light District". Here is the story:

"American Nitro" is a rock anthem with the key lyrics, "I'm Psycho! I'm American Nitro!" These words are meant to be a battle cry for anyone that pushes the envelope in life. The gearheads who live for going faster than hell. The quiet inventors who change our lives with tech miracles. The artists who walk away from the norm and create works that move us. All these types of people, and so many more, choose to live life to the fullest every day. They don't take sh*t from anyone or listen to anything but their inner voice. That...is "American Nitro."

The song's lyrics are on the surface just clever word play with pop culture references to actors and directors, but the deeper meaning is there as well. I chose to reference Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando, because they were these kinds of people when they made their classic '70s movies. They were "American Nitro."

Musically, the track is an unofficial follow-up for all the fans of "Gasoline," which is also the theme song to the hit car makeover TV show, "Overhaulin'" "American Nitro" has a similar AC/DC meets STP feel that our fans seem to like. Big riffs are always fun and a staple of Kicking Harold's sound. I like to imagine a fan in his bad ass muscle car with this track turned up loud as the tires smoke down the road.

The new music video for "America Nitro" is made up of over 100 individually created graphic cards with the song's lyrics on them created by KH alumni, Brian Anderson and edited by Michael Keeley.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the video right here!