Kiss Kiss - The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left

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Alternative, Experimental, Indie
Eyeball Records
Kiss Kiss
The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left
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If albums were weather related phenomena, Kiss Kiss’s The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left would be a hurricane. The songs hit hard and fast and are occasionally disorienting, and there’s the calm eye of the storm sandwiched in the middle (“IIIIIIIIIIII”). Cheesy metaphors aside, Meek is anything but (okay, last one, I swear).

Every note on the album—bowed out through Rebecca Schlappich’s electric violin, pounded on Jared Karns’ drums, or sung frantically by vocalist Josh Benash—feels desperate. Each song, clearly refined and calculated to a tee is saturated with emotion and Benash’s delivery, reminiscent of early Tim Kasher, is the perfect emotional vehicle; his impassioned and sometimes painful yelp is indispensable to the band’s sound.

Meek’s calculatedness is a double edged sword. At its best, it results in dynamic, tempo, and time signature shifting songs like “Plague #11” and “Hate,” and the duo of “Innocent I and II.” On the other end of the spectrum, Meek occasionally comes off as Kiss Kiss being weird for the sake of being weird. The occasional siren-esque guitar part in “Through The Day” mars an otherwise great song and the band is lucky that album closer “Virus” scrobbles on Last.FM before Benash croons “It’s for you / it’s for you / all my pain / is for you” backwards for the next eight minutes after the song should have ended. It’s an unrewarding and underwhelming end to a solid group of songs that deserve something better.

Sometimes endings don’t deliver on promises, and reviewers love to be tacky, so the hurricane metaphor returns. The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left is frenetically spinning about its own axis of eclectic influence and original songwriting somewhere off the coast; it’s not going to register on most people’s radars, but if you get close enough and you’re into that sort of thing, it’s actually pretty cool.

1. The Best Mistake
2. Plague #11
3. Haunted By The Beauty Of An Imperfection
4. All They Drew
5. Innocent 1 (The Corruption of Self Through the Introduction of Naturally Existing Self Producing Chemicals)
6. Innocent 2 (A Drop From The Ethereal; Swimming Towards The Crescent Moon)
7. IIIIIIIIIIII
8. Hate
9. Through The Day
10. If They Only Knew
11. Virus

Kiss Kiss is a progressive rock band that emerged from SUNY Purchase. The group was formed by Joshua Benash (Guitar, Synth, and vocals) and Jared Karns (drums) after the members had participated in various college bands. The name Kiss Kiss is derived from a series of short stories by Roald Dahl. Although their music is primarily rock in style, it also includes an electric violin that adds an orchestral sound to many songs. The contrasts within Kiss Kiss' songwriting and vocals have also been described as extremely frantic at times, yet melodic and soothing at others. ... read more

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