Kissing Is A Crime hail from Brooklyn and play electric guitars. But don't let that scare you, say the band. In true East Coast Rock 'n' Roll fashion their début eponymous LP successfully mixes a wide range of styles, and we're loving it!
Though the leap is audibly huge, Kissing Is A Crime's success to date isn't wholly the result of gilded production values and ambition. This band has been able to furnish first-class melodies from the very beginning. But now they've grown along with their resources. Most songs sounds like they have been re-outfitted with a creamier set of synths and guitars, in comparison to the early early days anyway. But there's more to it than texture and production value.
Let's not fall into the trap on describing what the band are, not here. Kissing Is A Crime isn't about scuzz, shoegaze, fuzz, or any pther branch of Indie Pop. But they are twee, and you might even say that their début record drives this point home very clearly. There's a lot with "mental illness, anxieties, and general unease in one's skin" going on here. So if anything, and in other words, you'll most likely dig this record as long as you're a fan of trebled, melancholic pop.
So yeah, we're all agreed they've got the sound figured out, but what ensures that this will be something that'll make it past the point where the Indie cycle of life goes on? E.G. avoid being forgotten. Sadly, only time will say. But at Third Outing, we think that if a few other twee-pop revivalists have arguably pulled off that very same trick, Kissing Is A Crime are definitely likely to appeal to listeners beyond the online name-droppers and Brooklyn scenesters. Success.
Kissing Is A Crime, you're back with a new record. Who are you and what does it mean to you?
We are from Brooklyn and we play electric guitars, but don't let that scare you. Honestly we're not sure. A lot went into making this, so we just hope it means something to someone else.
What was the most fun part of creating this new record? Some of the most fun was when we were getting closer to making this record, and we knew that songs or ideas we were working on would possibly be on it. It gave us a reason to finish ideas that were coalescing, as well as context for what they'd be laying upside against on an album. Walking down the street, singing vocal melodies and lyric ideas for Kids into the phone after a good practice with a light rain misting stands out. You start with this whisp of an idea and in moments you can hear it fully fleshed out and functional as a song. It then unfolds in this natural way, like it had been always living inside us all, we just had to invite it out.
What took so long to release it? It took so long to release because the record we wanted to make was an album in a more traditional way. Something that is released on vinyl, and promoted and toured behind. We didn't have a lineup capable of touring for most of the time we were a band. We wanted this to be a proper studio recording, so it took a while before it felt like spending the money to record a full album was the right thing to do.
What's your favourite track on the new record and why? You Make Me Shatter is a favorite song on the record. So much, we were hesitant about putting it on this record. Wasn't sure if we would be able to get it the way we wanted it. It's a favorite because it captures something we wanted to capture. A bit of writers block for a while...not being super excited by what was being written. The bulk of the song was written in about 20-25 minutes!
What three songs have, somehow, influenced this record and how?
Tori Amos Crucify // It's anthemic and deeply personal at the same time. It's a mission statement for Tori and her album. We strive for our album to achieve something similar. The album its from, Little Eathquakes, is an enormous influence and this song goes to a raw, vulnerable place and tries to tackle it without shame.
Beach Fossils Day Dream // It came out at the perfect time. It had this jangley pep to it, but was kind of raw and punk at the same time. It was inspiring and refreshing to hear someone do a really awesome take on jangle pop and new wave. It felt like it could have been at home on REM's Chronic Town EP, which was fine by us! They were the most exciting new band to come out of New York since Vivian Girls
Bobbie Gentry Mississippi Delta // Bobbie is an all time favorite artist and greatest musical hero. This song kicks off her debut album, which is also an all time favorite album. It influenced our opening track Nervous Conditions, as sort of a mission statement, opening moment, where the album just kicks right in, and says what we do and are going to do. Mississippi Delta reflects mostly on Bobbie's childhood growing up in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, and its a recurring theme on her album. Our album deals a lot with mental illness, anxieties, and general unease in one's skin. Our opening track kind of encapsulates the rest of the themes to come.