Kisschasy
Seizures


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
August 28th, 2009 | 207 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kisschasy admirably evolve, but are yet to nail down their sound.

Well looky here, it’s yet another Australian band recording in America… And considering the jump Kisschasy made from eccentric pop-punk to hooky pop-rock on breakthrough LP ‘Hymns For The Non-Believer’, you would think it safe to presume that we should be expecting a polished arena-sized sound on ‘Seizures’. Yet, that is not necessarily the case and much of that can be put down to producer Rob Schnapf, who has worked on albums from alt/indie stalwarts such as Elliott Smith, Beck, and even garage rockers The Vines. However, most relevant in this case is Schnapf’s work on Saves The Day’s ‘Stay What You Are’ and ‘In Reverie’, both being quirky takes on pop-punk and power-pop themselves.

Credit for the new direction cannot be given to the producer alone however, as it is clear that the maturing quartet are set on continuously evolving. Much of this can be attributed to Darren Cordeux, an ambitious young singer-songwriter who takes on a dominant role when it comes to his band. Cordeux has always had a knack for writing clever attention-capturing lyrics and setting them in front of a sufficiently melodic background. However, while the same can be said of ‘Seizures’, it seems more sporadic than previously, a fact that is not helped by the disappointingly short running time of 31 minutes.

As per the band’s prior releases, ‘Seizures’ includes an obvious lead single that accentuates catchiness over anything else. In this case, it is ‘Generation Why’, a cut in which Cordeux sounds suspiciously like Billie Joe Armstrong during the verses. It is also a song which displays the hit-and-miss nature of his lyrics as he bemoans the negativity of armchair experts. With a chorus that includes “being negative is the best, I’m feeling so happy that I’m depressed…”, for every “yes I’ve got an issue with the current situation, going on in the country whose name I can’t pronounce”, there is a howler like “And the homophobes are secretly gay”

Where ‘Seizures’ does differ from its predecessors though, is the fact that the accessibility of ‘Generation Why’ is not repeated elsewhere. Other than the rapid-fire rock of ‘Tarantula’ and the more straight-forward title track, subsequent singles are likely to be darker and more subdued efforts. The deceptively catchy (& cannibalistic) ‘Weekend’, the cynical ex-manager diss ‘Turnaround’, and raw acoustic ballad ‘Dinosaur’ all fit the bill, but the best of the rest could be ‘Strawberry Jam’; a track which fits into the loose theme of “a year in the life of Darren Cordeux”, as the man in question sings “What’s the big deal? I’m just regular…”, before going on to declare “Count on one hand, all the friends I’ve got”.

Unfortunately, there is simply no space for filler considering the meager running time and it definitely does exist on those tracks not yet mentioned. Nothing is necessarily bad, it’s just that there is a little too much that is ho-hum and does not stand out from the pack. It all adds up to an album which is destined to be more of a grower than Kisschasy’s previous efforts, and one which could alienate existing fans to some extent. However, considering the band members are still in their mid-20s and are yet to nail down their sound, ‘Seizures’ is still a solid release which Kisschasy should be all the better for in the future.

Recommended Tracks: Generation Why, Strawberry Jam & Weekend.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, yeah, I know; StaffyBoy needs to slow down.

Mordecai.
August 28th 2009


8279 Comments


good review. I totally agree. I fucking love "Spray on Pants" though eh

Mordecai.
August 28th 2009


8279 Comments


and yeah, slow down


DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Mordecai. You've heard this? If so, roughly the same rating?

Waior
August 28th 2009


11461 Comments


StaffyBoy, I am okay with this. It's a new release.

Digging: Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight

Mordecai.
August 28th 2009


8279 Comments


Heard lots of it on triple j and the interviews with them, so i got it through JB-Hi Fi. I like some of the songs alot, but the lyrics get a bit irky, and its too short. So yeah , a 3.

Douglas
August 28th 2009


9124 Comments


BEING NEGATIVE IS THE BEST! IM SO HAPPY THAT IM DEPRESSED!

I like that song, so I should probably only get the recommended tracks ey?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


15052 Comments


awesome cover

Douglas
August 28th 2009


9124 Comments


It's from the video clip for 'Generation Why'

taylormemer
August 28th 2009


4917 Comments


His partner much has either had way too much red cordial, or is mixing blood with man juice.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm glad you approve Calebtributor.

Mordecai, you have no idea how many lyrics I wrote down for possible inclusion on the review... Both positive & negative. Here's one I really tried to work in, but didn't: "There's a turtle in my backyard, I wish that I could have his shell".

Dougie, the 2 other tracks I recommended aren't really anything like the lead single. Seriously, it's only 31 minutes, so get the whole thing. That's like 3 Karnivool songs! Haha.

Yeah, the cover & the video clip are real I believe. Cordeux really did get splashed in the face with red crap. I actually don't think I like the cover. It works on the video, but as an album cover, I dunno.

Hey look, it's Jake the Grouch & this is his favourite band!

Mordecai.
August 28th 2009


8279 Comments


yeah its pretty messed up with its sexual connotations and all.

Douglas
August 28th 2009


9124 Comments


Yeah, true it is quite a short running time, and I have a soft spot for this band... May as well pick it up.

Haha, yeah 3 Karnivool songs, that all = brilliance.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"yeah its pretty messed up with its sexual connotations and all."

Is that a reference to the album cover OR the turtle lyric? ;-)

These guys are just a ferry ride across from you Dougie.


Douglas
August 28th 2009


9124 Comments


The old Queenscliffe to Sorrento trip?

Waior
August 28th 2009


11461 Comments


Is that a reference to the album cover OR the turtle lyric? ;-)


Cordeux is screwing a turtle?

Mordecai.
August 28th 2009


8279 Comments


yes

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Cordeux is screwing a turtle?" Ooh... Eeek... Yuck.

"yes" It wasn't a yes/no question.

Hey, I just realised that I'm technically an "armchair expert". Without an armchair though.

Waior
August 28th 2009


11461 Comments


I'm just reiterating you for your unknowingly insensitive eagle comments! Haha.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2009


15052 Comments


btw youre ridiculous at reviewing

you review so goddamn fast and the reviews are so smooth to read

great job on this one



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