Kisschasy: Talking About The Why Generation
Melbourne pop rockers Kisschasy have launched a brand new video for “Generation Why”, the first single from their forthcoming third full-length, Seizures.
“Generation Why” is the first single from Seizures, the follow-up to 2007’s Hymns For The Nonbeliever. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, The Vines, Guided By Voices, Beck), Seizures is set for release via Eleven/Universal on August 21. In BLUNT #81, Kisschasy leader Darren Cordeux gives an insight into the writing and recording of the new album. Here’s a taste of what fans can expect…
What inspired you to begin writing Seizures?
I set up a home studio in Feb 08 and basically wrote for a year straight. It was a bit of a down year for me so I decided to make a record about life as a 23-year-old. It’s more honest and raw than I’ve ever been – where Hymns looked to a lot of outside sources for inspiration, this record is a lot more introspective – which is scary as hell! I got ripped off, pissed off, watched a lot of TV, drank myself into a stupor consistently and had a great time doing it. These are some of the things you can expect to hear on this record.
What is the significance of the title, Seizures?
I was reading a book by Dr. Oliver Sacks called The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, and in one chapter he tells a story about a few patients who were either epileptic or stroke victims and every time they would seizure they’d remember things from their past that had long been forgotten. Some of these memories were quite painful but others were wonderful moments of music or love. The songs on this record are my versions of the seizures those patients experienced – they will always bring me back to a certain time in my life. How fucking deep is that!?
Would you say it’s a wholly different writing style you’ve employed, or is it a natural progression?
I think I’ve evolved naturally as a songwriter. On the last few records I felt the pressure to write songs that would get played on the radio. This time I just wrote songs that I wanted to write. This was also the first time I wrote every instrument part myself so it has a certain flow that previous Kisschasy records have lacked in my opinion. At their core the songs are still Kisschasy-style pop but I think the aesthetic has changed.
Kisschasy have worked with some highly respected producers in the past – Phil McKellar, Barrett Jones, Chris Sheldon… What made Rob Schnapf the man to help take Kisschasy to that next level?
Rob had been on our wish list for a while as we’re all big fans of the album’s he’s produced – his records always have the perfect energy without sounding over-produced or cheesy. We had a few other producers in mind but Rob was on our wavelength completely so we knew he was the right choice. We had a bunch of time to hang out in LA, which was great. The place has such incredible history. One of the studios we recorded at was right near a big, Mexican gang’s headquarters so seeing police helicopters and high-speed chases was a common occurrence. Sometimes we’d have to stop recording as the sound of gunfire and sirens would spill into the room. That was pretty thrilling.
Can you give us a hint about what we can expect from the album? What is one thing we definitely won’t be hearing on Seizures?
You will hear cowbell. Lots of cowbell. You won’t be hearing any big words like ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’. Yeah it’s a word, look it up.
For more of the story, pick up a copy of BLUNT Magazine #81.