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
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.
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