Eyeball Records has done it again. What distinguishes Kiss Kiss
, a 5-piece orchestral rock ensemble (Josh Benash: synth, guitar, vocals; Michael Abiuso: guitar, synth; Rebecca Schlappich: electric violin, vocals; Pat Lamothe: bass; Jared Karns: drums, percussion), from its contemporaries is a unique synthesis of influences, resulting in moody music that hangs and dissolves on shrewd, artful songwriting. Blending analog synths, violin, distorted guitar and ambient sounds with tight arrangements and male/female vocals, it’s as though Kiss Kiss channeled the fragments of its musical predecessors, and reassembled them. Known for its unpredictable, high-energy live performances, Kiss Kiss routinely leads audiences into manic, affected states of high emotion.
Coupled with a relentless tour schedule, the band has, in just three years, amassed a fiercely devoted, nationwide fanbase. In just the past year, Kiss Kiss has played with the likes of The Ataris
, New London Fire
, and many more. Kiss Kiss is a rock-pop outfit, which turns that genre gracefully, but without compromise, on its head. Its aspiration? To breathe a new word into the lexicon of rock.
Be on the look out as their debut LP, Reality vs. The Optimist
, hits stores across America in February 2007.