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Kisschasy: On The Record

On The Record with Joel Vanderuit of Kisschasy.


This Saturday Aussie alt rock mainstays Kisschasy will be playing their breakout LP, Hymns For The Nonbeliever, in full alongside the likes of Trophy Eyes, Endless Heights, Safe Hands, Ceres and more at this year’s Unfun Festival in Sydney. Take a peek and see what makes up bassist Joel Vanderuit’s record collection and grab your tickets to the UTS Underground event here.

What was the first album or single you ever bought with your own money and where did you buy it?
The first album I ever bought with my own money was The Offspring’s Smash but if you’re looking for something a little more humorous or humiliating, I was given both East 17’s Walthamstowe and “Informer” by Snow pretty early on. I think these were the first CDs I ever owned.

What one album changed your life more than any other and in what way?
Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity is still such an incredible record. It opened up my eyes to a different kind of music that was a perfect blend of loose melodic rock and delicate, intricate and fragile verses. And the transitions between such stark musical styles were just incredible.

What is one album or song that reminds you of your childhood?
Less Than Jake’s Losing Streak. It was the first album I’d gone and ordered from my local CD shop near my hometown. I’d heard a song on a surfing video, and on the video they had these little screenshots of the album cover. I remember it being super blurry, and I had my nose against the TV trying to read the name of the artist and album. It had to be ordered from the States, it took like six weeks and cost me $40.

What is your favourite album from your high school years?
Blink-182’s Dude Ranch. I absolutely thrashed that thing. “Dammit”… that’s why.

What album instantly puts you in a good mood?
It’s stupid, but the Chiddy Bang album Breakfast always makes me smile. I have no idea what he’s singing about most of the time, but I put it on and just kinda bop away. I don’t think he takes himself too seriously. I like that.

What is one obscure album in your collection that everyone should know about?
I’m not sure how obscure it is, but I guess it is for me. The self-titled record by Lenka is super rad. It probably should also fit into that ‘puts me in a good mood’ question too. It’s just sugary and sweet. We saw her perform when we were living in LA, she was supporting Missy, and she was so good that I went and bought the album. I don’t listen to a lot of radio, so it might have been super popular. If it wasn’t, it definitely should have been!

What do you consider to be the most embarrassing album in your collection?
That would have to be Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis. I am a sucker for pop. There are a couple of singles on that record, but it’s the perfect example of killer and filler. I have actually just put it on… It’s all shit. I remember it being better.

What is the ultimate house-trashing party album?
It’s pretty hard to go past The Bronx’ self-titled album. It’s just a non-stop aural party.

What is the best album to listen to when hungover on a Sunday morning?
The Decemberists’ The Crane Wife or Jim Croce’s Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits. When “Bad Boy Leroy Brown” comes on, you can’t help but bop your head and strut around the house. You forget about the hangover temporarily.

What one album do you wish you had performed on?
The Postal Service’s Give Up. I read that they all just recorded their bits then sent them off to the next person to record. I think that’s such a cool concept, and I hate being in the studio, so that would suit me so great.

What’s one album or song that you want played at your funeral?
Fuck… I don’t even think I want a funeral. Let’s say my family and mates just had a Sunday afternoon drink for me, I think “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton should make an appearance. EVERYONE ON EARTH likes that song, right? I think that would be fun. What happened to her by the way? How do you write a song that good, then just disappear?

What is the last album you bought and what did you think of it?
Ceres’ I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here and I think it’s amazing. One of my favourite albums of the last 12 months for sure. I love it. I can’t even put my finger on it, but it has a real ‘honesty’ to it. And they do it perfect live.

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