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Kiss It Goodbye

Vocalist Tim "Trim Swinger" Singer's talking, screaming, bellowing vocal storytelling sat so nicely atop Kiss It Goodbye's dynamic and explosive songcraft that drummer Andrew Gormley would later remark to Eclipse magazine that the screamer could effectively make "me throwing my drumsaround the room" sound good. Equal parts off-time warping and heavy crunching guitar play, Kiss It Goodbye's musicwas pummeling enough toappeal to fans of Pantera, personal enough for the hardcore set, and mind-bendingly creative enough to jar loose the cynical "musician" types fondof bands like Voivod and Die ...read more

Vocalist Tim "Trim Swinger" Singer's talking, screaming, bellowing vocal storytelling sat so nicely atop Kiss It Goodbye's dynamic and explosive songcraft that drummer Andrew Gormley would later remark to Eclipse magazine that the screamer could effectively make "me throwing my drumsaround the room" sound good. Equal parts off-time warping and heavy crunching guitar play, Kiss It Goodbye's musicwas pummeling enough toappeal to fans of Pantera, personal enough for the hardcore set, and mind-bendingly creative enough to jar loose the cynical "musician" types fondof bands like Voivod and Die Kreuzen.Ryan J. Downey, All Music Guid.

















Kiss It Goodbye was born from the dissolution of the classic lineup of the New Jersey band Deadguy. Surprisingly, hot on the heels of releasing adefining LP for Victory Records, vocalist Tim Singer and guitarist Keith Huckins decided to leave the band.

Huckins recruited his friends, drummer Andrew Gormley and guitarist Eric Cooper from the band Die 116, to play with him and Singer. Gormleysuggested bass duties be handled by Thom Rusnak who was playing in the Berlin band Ambush at the time. Gormley and Huckins had also playedwith Thom previously in the seminal hardcore band Rorschach, a connection that inspired one fanzine to describe Kiss It Goodbye as “Rorschach2.0”.

It was evident from their first demo, titled “Be Afraid”, that Kiss It Goodbye was greater than the sum of its parts. Singer’s lyrical picture paintingfound a perfect pallet in the bass and drums’ complex yet intuitive rhythms layered over sometimes cutting, sometimes expansive guitar. The democombined with the now legendary performance by Kiss It Goodbye at their maiden show (opening for Napalm Death at Coney Island High in NY) theband garnered immediate label interest from hardcore and metal oriented labels alike. Kiss It Goodbye began headlining shows around the New Yorkarea with opening acts that included Sheer Terror and Rye Coalition. Eric Cooper left the band just as the KIG hype began, leaving the rest of theband to continue forward.

Soon after Revelation Records signed Kiss It Goodbye to a multi album deal the band was in Seattle recording their debut full length with BillyAnderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sick of It All). “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” was met with rave reviews, spinning heads with its conceptualalbum art and explorations into hardcore and metal that never succumbed to the trappings of musical genre. Alternative Press magazine would notethat "Kiss It Goodbye...create a blanket of hate so terrifying, so all-encompassing, it makes extreme noise seem passive," awarding the band's workfive stars.

Kiss It Goodbye astounded audiences across the United States with live performances that combined explosive playing with deadly precision. Afterseveral tours including stints with Unsane and Obituary, Keith Huckins resigned from Kiss It Goodbye, parting amicably with the band and eventeaching the songs to his replacement, Demian Johnston.

Johnston made a seamless transition as he took over guitar duties and contributed heavily to the writing of the Choke EP which was arguably thebands best effort to date. Recorded by Matt Bayles (Isis, Pearl Jam, Botch, Mastodon) at Stone Gossard’s Litho Studios, Choke captured the powerand precision of Kiss It Goodbye’s live performances. While the recording was originally paid for by Sub-Pop records, they declined to release Chokewhen KIG announced they were taking an indefinite break from recording and touring. Revelation Records released the Choke EP, which includedthe Matt Bayles recordings and the songs from the Target Practice 7”.

After an extended break, Singer, Gormley and Rusnak tried to breathe life back into the band, toying with a name change ( Family Man) andworking through more than half a dozen guitarists. A two song demo from the Family Man lineup that included Aaron Blanchard on guitar surfaced,showing the growth that KIG was experiencing hidden away in the practice space.

It took almost 14 years but Tim and Thom rebuilt Kiss It Goodbye, adding their longtime friends Jim Winters (Earth Crisis, Starkweather, Turmoil,The Promise) on guitar and Neal Witmer (Pagan Rite, Evil Dean, Hunger) on drums. « hide

Similar Bands: Spitfire (USA-VA), Courtships, Deadguy, Rorschach

LPs
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
1997

4.1
67 Votes
EPs
Choke
1999

4
23 Votes
Demo Tape 1996
1996

2.8
2 Votes

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