Colin Macleod grew up on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. After having a go at music with his project The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, he returned to the area where he resumed life as a farmer and worked on songs. When he returned with Bloodlines
, his first album under his own name, his music was mostly about the island and his journey.
"'Kicks In' is about growing up on the island," he said in a Songfacts track by track
. "Loosely it's based around the things we used to get up to when we were young, kicking around on the moor, lighting fires, whatever."