Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #11: Kissaway Trail

By on Saturday, 4th August 2007 at 8:34 pm
 

Kissaway TrailA few weeks ago a friend mentioned to me that “you just have to check out the Kissaway Trail“. Having already endured half a dozen crappy myspace one hit wonders from this person I did my usual nod-and-smile, and forget about it. However, when I started reading a few blogs raving about them I thought that I’d give them five minutes. How glad I was that I had.

Sounding like Arcade Fire with a hint of Polyphonic Spree, this Danish five piece have the makings of joining the “big boys league” of innovative, epic, “take me to another place” rock that has had a fine, fine year with great albums from Muse, Arcade Fire and Polyphonic Spree.

Down to earth, the guys are very softly spoken for the music they make. Their debut single (which is in the video below) “Smother+Evil=Hurt” is reminiscent of the Polyphonic Spree at their accessible, storytelling best. They’re unafraid of mixing emotions – from the triumphant “la la las” of “Forever Turned Out To Be Too Long” through to the darkness of Sometimes I’m Always In Black – “When winter comes, don’t wash away my tears”.

Personally I feel that the album starts off at its best and then declines a bit as it goes on, however that is purely because it isn’t as accessible, immediate pop-songs of the initial two. However, the album is best heard when you can devote your entire attention to it in one go, when you continue to find more and more layers to it each and every time.

Dreamy at times and fully alert and pounding at others, The Kissaway Trail offer the mixed bag that is sure to garner much attention, and could become one of the slow burners of the year.

After the jump find their UK tour dates and the video for “Smother+Evil=Hurt”.

Photo is taken from eakena’s flickr stream.

The Kissaway Trail – Smother+Evil=Hurt

Thursday 4th October – London 93 Feet East
Friday 5th October – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 6th October – Birmingham Bar Academy
Sunday 7th October – Nottingham Social
Tuesday 9th October – Manchester Roadhouse
Wednesday 10th October – Liverpool Barfly
Thursday 11th October – Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 12th October – Glasgow King Tuts

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