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Kiss It Goodbye

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Vocalist Tim “Trim Swinger” Singer’s talking, screaming, bellowing vocal storytelling sat so nicely atop Kiss It Goodbye’s dynamic and explosive songcraft that drummer Andrew Gormley would later remark to Eclipse magazine that the screamer could effectively make “me throwing my drums around the room” sound good. Equal parts off-time warping and heavy crunching guitar play, Kiss It Goodbye’s music was pummeling enough to appeal to fans of Pantera, personal enough for the hardcore set, and mind-bendingly creative enough to jar loose the cynical “musician” types fond of bands like Voivod and Die Kreuzen.

The roots of Seattle, WA’s Kiss It Goodbye can be traced back to dissolution of the classic lineup of the New Jersey band Deadguy. Hot on the heels of a defining full-length for Victory Records that heralded the dawning of the noisecore movement — a movement later embellished upon by bands like Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch — vocalist Tim Singer and guitarist/songwriter Keith Huckins decided to leave the incendiary outfit as Singer made plans to move to Seattle to pursue a career in graphic design. Huckins followed his friend to the Northwest and Deadguy replaced them both where in 1996, they hooked up with bassist Thom Rusnack (Ambush) and drummer Andrew Gormley (Die 116), both of whom Huckins had played with on the East Coast as part of the groundbreaking hardcore punk band Rorschach. The four friends quickly made a demo tape, garnering interest from hardcore and metal-oriented labels alike with Singer’s storytelling lyrical wordplay, Gormley’s creative drum talents, and Huckins’ explosive, dissonant guitar playing.

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  • Drakemirow

    pretty stoked that there will be new stuff (on adagio) and a tour (in europe). we'll see if it was a good decision to come back.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • leololozone666

    its not even with gormley and huckins.....not kiss it goodbye....

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • JMerrick

    Seeing them soon.

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • P_cell

    They're back together!! Facebook again: "After calling it quits in 1998 and more than a half dozen attempts at a jump start since then, Kiss It Goodbye have returned to active band status."

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • P_cell

    They just announced a tour. From facebook: "Kiss It Goodbye June 2012 U.S. dates. June 7th in Pomona at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary. June 8th In San Fran (Venue TBA) June 9th In Portland (Venue TBA) June 10th in Seattle at The Highline"

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • o_FL

    the legendary band

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Argarath

    this is how metalcore has to sound! fuck ... it's awesome

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Archrsbowsrbrkn

    pissed

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • doc_croc

    too good. waaaaay too good. anger personified

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • wreckyourself82

    what the deuce?! I didnt know UFC president Dana White was a fan

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • plumlee13

    i saw these guys in Austin a hell of a long time ago and it was incredibly intense. The singer was genuinely pissed/upset and the lyrics were more than just words set to music. Never seen a band this genuine since that show, probably never will.

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • nilx

    "old school" metalcore

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • P_cell

    Fucking. Anger.

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Ham_Burglar

    Not really. But you have an excellent taste in music otherwise hoarmouth, so I won't argue ;)

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    You don't need to tell lies or justify yourself.

    30 Sep 2010 Reply
  • RISINGxDEATH

    @ The two dudes who think I'm to young. Kiss it Goodbye has been one of the first hardcore bands I listened to and couple of years later many hardcore for me has lost it touch but this is still the best shit ever.

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Jessmode

    Thomnak rules.

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • thedailygrind

    haha @ risingxdeath. you've been what, 6 years old when it came out?! ;)

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Thomnak

    I don't really hear any KIG or Rorschach in Converge, but I f'ing love the band. I was lucky enough to see converge a few times and they blew me away.

    28 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    You talk as if you're 32 years old and saw them live or something.

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
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