March 11, 2015 by 1888media
Championed by Cool Cleveland and the city’s cultural icon, The Plain Dealer, indie pop trio Kiss Me Deadly defy gravity with their assured debut, What You Do in the Dark, releasing Friday May 1, 2015 via Cleveland-based Kingswood Records/CPI Distribution.
Kingswood President Todd Kwait recalls his first kiss, “I put the demo CD in my car stereo, and listened to it over and over and over again. And then I sat in the car for a little bit and listened to it more and then brought it in and played it for my seventeen year old daughter and asked, ‘What do you think?’ and she was like, ‘I love it. I would buy it,” and that was the tipping point.”
Produced by the band along with Chris Keffer, the 10-song treatise (plus two bonus tracks) is an exploration of groove-infused film noir pop. Imagine mellifluous muscle lassoing a jangly wave of moody surfer rock and you’re on your way to the precipice of visceral melodies that keep you company as they kiss you deadly.
On the expertly crafted and meticulously produced WYDITD, “Lady Killers” slithers along to deliver a subtle wallop, “Shallow Focus” elicits sonic histrionics and “P$” (pronounced “P Money”) craftily shakes the rafter with anthemic lather. Elsewhere “Stalemate” and “Drone” swoop down, leading you on a nefarious safari. Shadow the whole affair with the bustling guitar-driven expedition of “Agent” and the haunting voodoo groove of vocalist Madelyn Hayes transmogrifying Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You,” and the resultant mood is akin to a late night hairpin spin in a Spruce Deuce coupe.
Originally formed 4 years ago by singer/mandolinist Jen Poland, as The Poland Invasion, the visionary triumvirate, which also features bassist/guitarist Evan Lieberman and Hayes on drums/percussion, reinvented itself as Kiss Me Deadly in 2012. The name is a nod to a 1953 pulp detective mystery novel by Mickey Spillane and the classic film noir drama, directed by Robert Aldrich, which was called “a film designed to ruin young viewers” by the Kefauver Commission, stalwart defenders of America’s virtue. The film’s infamous “suitcase” scene inspired Quentin Tarantino to pay homage in Pulp Fiction.
On the touring front, the group received rousing ovations at this year’s renowned Folk Alliance International Conference, and will soon announce a hometown record release show with a string of East coast/Northeast/Canadian dates to follow.
In the interim, pucker up for pecks of blood-red reverence as the supreme beings of osculation brandish their sophisticated stereophonic pomp with themes that gleam in the dark and bask in the illumination of resplendent art.
Kiss Me Deadly
What You Do In the Dark (album version)
1. Lady Killers
4. Shallow Focus
6. What You Do In The Dark
11. I Put A Spell On You (Bonus Track)
12. Sherry Hides The Rum (Bonus Track)
Kiss Me Deadly
What You Do in the Dark (video version)
1. What You Do in the Dark
3. Shallow Focus
4. Lady Killers