The Chelsea Inn has become a real home from home for Kiss Me, Killer and 9 June saw the band play their third gig at the iconic punk pub, with a radically new set.
KMK were supposed to be supporting Plymouth female-fronted outfit, Husbands N Knives, at the Fishlock Promotions gig but sadly a thumping great migraine put paid to that so Bristol’s favorite new band were bumped up to headliners. Our extended 45 minute set included every song that band have ever written and our one cover song.
Before we played we were treated performance punk poetry from Jenn Hart and some furious banjo-driven acoustic punk from Ash Judd.
Last time the Chelsea crowd saw us open with Narcissistic Tendencies, a stripped down, retro rock’n’roll tune but this time we decided to hit them with newest song, Snakes, a face-melting composition of such blistering, brutality and with it’s pounding phrygian and chromatic riffs it’s truly terrifying.
‘I thought you were going to launch into Slayer,’ said Oli, audience member and bassist from legendary Bristol doom metallers, Warrior Pope, who kindly lent us one of his Barefaced bass cabs for the evening.
Next up came Holly’s feminist Anthem Radical Notions, an earlier song we’ve recently revamped, then the sludgy riffage of Rat Race and the swirling garage psych of Snooker, which we managed to play at a sensible tempo (it can sometimes get fast!).
To extend the set Narcisstic Tendencies, the first song we ever wrote, made a comeback before Cat assumed lead vocal duties on her song, Och Aye!, which is becoming a real audience favourite. The other big new tune making only its second appearance was the eponymous Kiss Me, Killer, which is starting to sound punchy as hell live too.
Ina of Life in a Trash Can Photography was on hand again to capture the gig, and Cheri also took some great shots. Short of any last-minute gigs there’s a bit of a break now while we get to work on our debut EP!