Kissing Party “The Hate Album” (Independent 2010)
Variety is the spice of life...
...in which case Kissing Party must live on a pretty bland diet. Firstly the facts: this is a guitar/bass/drums/twin male and female vocal group out of Denver. So far so ‘indie’. In order to imagine the sound they create look no further than the early Cure singles – “In Between Days”, “Boys Don’t Cry”...that sort of thing. They do a pretty good job of emulating the sound which is ok – everybody wears their influences on their sleeve these days. But the rub is that, having settled on the formula, they do not deviate from it one iota.
Every song sounds the same. I mean, crikey, I’ve heard more variation on a Dubstep compilation. And there are fourteen tracks on this thing. It’s not an unpleasant sound in a sort of very up tempo bubble gum pop sort of way. All jangley and echoey, but it’s very easy to overdose on sugar and after listening to the thing from start to finish in one sitting you’ll begin to feel your teeth rot. Oh yeah...and just when you thought it was safe they do that ‘hidden track’ thing...
Date review added: Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Reviewer: Paul Villers
Related web link: The song remains the same