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A Kiss Could Be Deadly
A Kiss Could Be Deadly
Metropolis Records
www.akisscouldbedeadly.com


I have to say I was rather surprised to see that so many people/publications including Alternative Press have had nothing but good things to say about a band that is undeniably pop. This is a genre that isn't normally one I would be interested in... but I figured all those people can't be wrong.

A Kiss Could Be Deadly released their self-titled album this spring and have already gotten rave reviews. The vocals of Lauren are mesmerizing and almost hauntingly catchy, and the genius of their music puts Einstein to shame. The electronic movement is definitely not dead with the presence of this band. When you have a member of the band whose job is listed as "Synth/Programming/Bass" (Chris), you know you've got the right line up for a perfect electronica band. The flow of the album is pretty simple, with a consistent sound throughout. However it is that sound that comes from a new place, not previously seen with many bands out there right now. They've somehow figured out how to combine the rough riffs of punk with the melodic, almost fairytale-esque lyrics of new wave and the insane beats of the dance/techno persuasion. There's no slowing down for these guys. The energy that starts in the synthesizer moves through the lead guitar and jumps out of the chorus through Lauren's voice is something from which you can't get away. The pop genre shows its face with a few of the songs ("The Exit" and "Just Another Mystery") and their tendency to up the pitch and general tone. I'm sure having a female lead singer won't help with the attempts to brush off the pop comparisons, however, I would hope that the audience would give this band a second chance before discounting them completely. The rest of the album goes more into those punk riffs and twists them with an electronic touch, creating a perfect set of songs for a first introduction to the band.

I'm almost at a loss for words with this band. Their unique take on the music of today leaves me with no comparisons. I can't think of a single band that sounds like AKCBD. Yet I can think of a great way to enjoy this band; it involves a strobe light, great sound system, and lots of people.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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