Kiss Kiss
Kiss Kiss


4.5
superb

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
December 10th, 2006 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


I have probably read more books by Roald Dahl than by any other man (or woman) in the world. He held a monopoly on the literature that was read to me before bed. Maybe this has something to do with how I turned out now, maybe not. I’d like to think it did, as Dahl is certainly one of the more creative children’s writers out there. I can only assume the members of Kiss Kiss have had some sort of the same relationship with the author as I have. I assume this for two reasons: For one, the band’s name comes from a collection of short stories by the author and second, the band is about as creative as their genre allows. Which genre is it that Kiss Kiss bend to its limit? I have no idea.

Says My Doctor , the first track, alone is an overflowing blend of pop, indie, punk, rock and experimental. The songs musical hook comes in the form of a memorable violin part, which intertwines with a few lightly distorted guitar chords and some fairly eclectic, mega catchy vocals. Kiss Kiss’s singer Josh Benash has one hell of a voice. When calm, his vocals are very pretty and fairly feminine but for the majority of Says My Doctor, his vocals sound pained, almost as if he is on the verge of tears. At the very end of Says My Doctor, he lets out a massive scream of anguish and defeat before the rest of the band burst into the heaviest part of the song; a Frank-Zappa esque jam, so frantic you can barely hear the separate instruments.

Kiss Kiss is the kind of band that is just as dark as they are beautiful, with music that can send shivers down your spine. The sublime Thought You Spoke is a good example of this. With its chilling violin infected choruses, Thought You Spoke shimmers with a creepy radiance not unlike Radiohead’s Climbing up the Walls . Closing off the album is another highlight track, Killing the Son . Beginning with an atmospheric, Post-Rockish intro, Killing the Son is an emotional track. The verses are quiet, violin and guitar arpeggio ridden affairs, while the choruses “bring the rock” with some unpleasant instrumental harmonies and pounding drums. Overall, Killing the Son is a damn good way to end a damn good album. Kiss Kiss create some really interesting music and all of the members are quite talented. The smoothie of genres they call their own is showcased very well on this five track EP. It may take some getting used to, but in the end the Kiss Kiss EP is, simply put, an excellent recording. 4.5/5

-Dan



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2006


15743 Comments


Kiss Kiss is the kind of band that is just as dark as they are beautiful, with music that can send shivers down your spine.


Sounds like my kind of music. I'll definitely look for these guys.

Good review.

Eliminator
December 11th 2006


2067 Comments


Electric City is so dark.

I would say that you should break up the first paragraph where you start talking about "Say My Doctor".

The Jungler
December 11th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fixed the paragraphs, it looked better in word with just two.
What tracks have you heard SOP?

Hatshepsut
December 11th 2006


1997 Comments


My god i thought this was Kiss.
Nice review. Makes me interested.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2006


2689 Comments


Nice review, short and sweet.
These guys sound really interesting.

Two-Headed Boy
December 11th 2006


4527 Comments


Nice review, bien sur. Might have to check into these guys. Y'know, cause I'm so dark and stuff.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2006


15743 Comments


Two features, you whore!

We've established that I am the prince of darkness, THB. So you fail.

Win A Rabbit
December 12th 2006


60 Comments


Wow, I love what I've heard of this band. I think I'll order this when I get home from work.

Two-Headed Boy
December 12th 2006


4527 Comments


EC, would the TRUE Prince of Darkness fail to capitolize his own title?!

Yeah no luck finding this today.

The Jungler
December 12th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Hello Rhapsody free trial, my name is Alex.

http://www.rhapsody.com/kisskiss/kisskiss

Thanks for the votes/comments/feature.This Message Edited On 12.12.06

Two-Headed Boy
December 12th 2006


4527 Comments


"U.S. Only" :-

StrizzMatik
December 13th 2006


3219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw them at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY with Reel Big Fish. Needless to say they stood out like a sore thumb in a good way. F*cking awesome live show, and these songs rock AND do it originally. Melodic schizophrenia done right. 4/5



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