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The Players: Chris Owen, vocals,guitar; Jen Hale, organ; Jeremy
Meyers, lead guitar; Chas Glynn, bass; Ian McClean, drums
Material: Killer's Kiss is a talented quintet that blends punk
and retro-rock in an exuberant jam-fest. In short three-minute assaults,
vocalist Chris Owen roars over driving rhythms, Sixties-style organ freak-outs,
and three-chord riffs paired with a searing lead guitar. The lyrics are
simple - one song's chorus simply consists of Owen repeatedly screaming,
"Baby tell me what you want." The result, however, is effective
for its sheer, layered noise and power.
Musicianship: Owen is an able guitarist and packs a hiccupy punk-rock
shout that sounds like a cross between the Big Bopper and the Cramps'
Lux Interior. Jen Hale plays meandering organ in the style of Sixties
bands like the Yardbirds while guitarist Jeremy Meyers enjoys forays into
feedback frenzy and rockabilly madness. Drummer Ian McClean is an especially
taught and steady drummer whose rhythms are complemented by Chas Glynn's
warm bass lines.
Performance: Owen, a tall baby-faced blonde, closed his eyes and
screamed, as he sweated with abandon. Unfortunately, his words were sometimes
drowned by the band's enormous wall of sound. As Killer's Kiss has only
been together for a mere eight months, it is likely that the band will
solve this sonic glitch with time and practice. Despite this problem,
the band still gave a vibrant performance. Meyers, decked out in a country-western
dress shirt, was especially showman-like as he writhed and shook with
the force of the band's groove.
Summary: Fans of high-energy, low-fi punk will really enjoy Killer's Kiss
live. This powerhouse of a band obviously relishes making music and their
infectious energy is instantly catching.