Kiss Me, Killer got 2018 up and running with two explosive gigs across the Severn Bridge, taking in Le Pub, Newport and The Moon, Cardiff, with with Welsh ska punk heroes 6foot7.
The Moon gig on 21 January saw the band play as part of the Welsh capital’s Free for All Festival and shared the bill with Oldham’s The Crashmats. The Moon is a great little venue and although the Sunday evening crowd was small those who’d braved the rain were treated to a blistering night of high-octane punk rock thrills.
The Crashmats played a storming set until their guitarist broke a string on his Les Paul. No matter, I stepped in by offering the pink ‘Barbie’ Gordon Smith GS1 that, when plugging it, sounded twice as loud, clear and potent. Never judge a small powder pink guitar by its looks. That axe is a monster.
The Newport gig on 6 January was the perfect way to put Christmas to bed and as well as ska punk thrills from 6foot7, local band Hippodrome served up some post-punky neo-psychadelia that I found vaguely reminiscent of The Brian Jonestown massacre and which is no bad thing. It was out first outing at Le Pub, which moved from another location a while back, and it a first class place to catch some live music, which great value grub and plenty of nice beers on tap, great sound, and plenty of space.Go see gigs there.
Both gig featured a brand new Kiss Me, Killer song about hypermanic hypersexuality. In typical KMK style it’s mixes it up with post-punk intro, thundering old skool hardcore, the odd psych touch and our first ‘breakdown’.
Thank to Cheri for the fab photos as always. Hope to see you at one of the forthcoming gigs.