Kiss Kiss Bang ignited the hometown stage for their CD Release Show
By Brandon Hanks
The build up for Kiss Kiss Bang’s CD release show has been insane for fans of the hometown guys in Kiss Kiss Bang. The highly anticipated debut album Open Wide, which dropped May 20th, was celebrated at the Spillway Bar & Grill in Bowling Green, KY. The madness began with the launch of the official KKB merch table, along with tables from support acts Memory and Despite The Fallen. We got the party started right while fans purchased their merchandise and the first band was about to take the Spillway Bar & Grill stage!
“I got there three days before my audition, and ended up meeting some musician friends and hung out on the sunset strip,” said Warren. “It was fun, but I realized that my heart was still in Kentucky with Kiss Kiss Bang. So I went back home and not two weeks later we were jamming and writing again in my basement and I knew from the moment we hit that first note again that Kiss Kiss Bang was the band I would play in forever.”
The guys in Kiss Kiss Bang have been getting the word out on social media for months now and talking to fans, and potential fans from all over the country, to get the word out about this debut album. They even stopped in the Spillway to grab some wings and drinks while checking out the big banner that was adorned out front of the venue the week of the show.
As I approached the eve of this release show, I talked to fans of the local rockers and family as well to get a sense of what this road has been like leading up to the night they would unleash this album, which as some of you may know is not easy when you are funding and producing on your own. A lot of planning and self-funding goes into this, as well as self-sacrifice and painstaking time and focus.
The moment felt like anyone could imagine; after all the blood, sweat, and frustration of recording a record, the guys took the stage and right away commanding it like they had been playing for 10+ years. Opening the night up like a fresh beer, they played “This Life,” a song that gives listeners what they need to know about the night, whether it came from gut-busting drumming a la Corban Burke to powerhouse riffs that would make Dimebag Darrell proud, and a bass line so sick that would bring a rare smile to bassist Justin Chancellor of Tool. Leading this dynamic and adrenaline fueled crew is Trevor Smith with his Layne Stanley-like gruff, power, and deep seeded solos, as well as a style that he has developed with the advice of Mark Tremonti himself.
The night went on as in any show, but the band had to take a moment to commemorate the loss of a very important part of our music family: Chris Cornell, lead singer and all around iconic voice of bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. KKB said “Hello To Heaven” with a touching and heartfelt tribute from KKB lead singer Trevor Smith, as he sang his favorite song by Mr. Cornell called “I Am The Highway” by Chris’ band Audioslave. The guys gave the moment to the man above for 15 beautiful seconds before getting back into the set.
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Kiss Kiss Bang’s set list in order of performance:
Don’t You think
Supa Fine Shugga
I Am The Highway
Wait For You
Sea Of Sorrow
Story Of My Life
How I feel
Are You High?
The guys will be adding more tour dates very soon. Go like their Facebook page, tell them what you think of their efforts in Open Wide, and buy that album on Amazon and iTunes!
The night before the show I sat down with lead singer Trevor Smith of Kiss Kiss Bang to discuss the album and journey to the night that would culminate all their hard work and dedication to this event and their debut album. Below is the interview with frontman Trevor Smith of Kiss Kiss Bang.