Today’s Feature, May 19-20, 2007: The Kissaway Trail

January 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm (Today's Feature)

Hailing from Odense, Denmark, The Kissaway Trail’s self-titled debut album is already an overseas sensation. Now, in this case when I say “overseas” I mean the US. America only got a chance to see them at the recent South By Soutwest Festival in Austin but since spring of 2006, The Kissaway Trail have been selling out all over Europe. On their MySpace page you can sample three songs from their album and there is already a combined 100,000+ downloads. Their hit song “SmotherEvilHurt” (don’t let the name lead you wrong) has been in my head for the past three weeks and I continually find myself playing it on loop. Once you hear The Kissaway Trail, you immediately want to start calling them the “next big thing”…or the next Coldplay. No, the next Depeche Mode. Or is it The Cure? Add some Moby, Fat Boy Slim, mix in some Incubus and you pretty much get where I’m going. The Kissaway Trail is the kind of band that other bands want labeled as the next them. Sadly for those bands, The Kissaway Trail is too unique and original to be labeled as the next anyone. Check our their XXQs to find out more…

XXQs: The Kissaway Trail

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How and when did The Kissaway Trail form?

The Kissaway Trail (KT): The Kissaway Trail was formed in 2004. Hasse and Daniel joined and completed the group in 2005 which originally was a four-piece band.

PEV: Being from Odense, Denmark, what is your take on the European music scene?

KT: Actually I think it matters little where you are from geographically these days since the Internet has brought everyone closer to each other, but I believe that the European music scene is thriving at the moment.

PEV: What was it like the first time you played in America?

KT: Playing at the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) was a huge experience and because we only had to play the Bella Union showcase, it gave us the possibility to really enjoy the atmosphere and people in the days prior to our own show.

PEV: How are the American fans different from the Europeans?

KT: Since we haven’t played very many shows in North America it would be hard for me to outline any differences between the American and English fans.

PEV: Your newest album, self titled “The Kissaway Trail” is already getting a lot of attention. How is this album different from your previous release, “Into The Ocean and Rise Again”?

KT: The Ep was meant to be an appetizer for the full length album, it also contains a track that is not featured on the The Kissaway Trail album, and the mastering is different as well.

PEV: What was it like the first time you stepped into a recording studio?

KT: The first time we entered a studio I recall being a bit nervous about how everything was supposed to unfold, but luckily we felt right at home within a few days. It also helped that the producer was a close friend of ours.

PEV: Explain your creative process. Do you come up with a line first or the music and then match the words? Scribble out notes all day?

KT: When we write songs Thomas and Søren often work on some rough sketches at home and then bring their ideas to the rest of us when we rehearse. Furthermore I believe that in general the music is created before the words, but of course no rules without exceptions….

PEV: Was there a certain time or event that you realized you can actually make a living playing music?

KT: We are aware that we have the possibility at some point to make ends meet, but we are not quite there yet, though the future seems promising.

PEV: You have traveled all over. Which city do you think offers the best environment for music?

KT: It is hard for me to tell which cities would provide the best artistic environment but London and Amsterdam seems to have a great underground scene, as well as a lot of venues that stand out.

PEV: Is there a certain atmosphere the band surrounds itself in when writing music?

KT: We do not really surround ourselves with a special atmosphere when we create music, but sometimes, when we play, new ideas originate from our common sense of togetherness and the sentiment it provides.

PEV: What do all your friends and family back home think about your success?

KT: They are of course very proud on our behalf as well as nervous about how we are received at the various shows and so on…

PEV: If you could collaborate with one artist, alive or deceased, who would it be and why?

KT: I can only speak for myself on this matter, since I know we would never agree on this within the band 🙂 So for me it would probably be Freddie Mercury because I think he was a unique songwriter as well as a sublime entertainer; working the crowd which ever way he saw fit.

PEV: What is the best part about playing live?

KT: The best part about playing live is this sort of larger than life sensation we feel when everything works out the way we want it to, as well as the whole synergy thing with the audience.

PEV: How has life on the road been for you?

KT: It is okay, we are good at giving each other space if it is needed, hate airports though.

PEV: If I were to walk into your studio right now, what is one thing I would be surprised to find?

KT: Probably Heering and Schnaps.

PEV: There are heated debates about offering free music online. What is your opinion?

KT: I think it should be up to the individual band to decide whether or not to put out free songs online, though I imagine it would be hard to legislate on this matter.

PEV: What can someone expect from a live Kissaway Trail show?

KT: The audiences at our shows can expect an outgoing band which love performing live and insists on portraying the material as vividly aspossible.

PEV: What is it like to be on stage and have people sing along to your songs?

KT: We love being on stage when the crowd responds to our music, it gives us a little extra momentum enabling us to sometimes exceed even our own expectations.

PEV: Tell us about your involvement in “Make Poverty History” (www.makepovertyhistory.org).

KT: Involvement might be a bit much, but this organization helps out by trying to provide poor communities with the necessary knowledge to create a sustainable growth in their economy, which we are happy to support.

PEV: So, what is next for The Kissaway Trail?

KT: These next months will be filled with shows, so that is primarily whereour focus lies at the moment; we are the sort of band that takes one day at a time, but of course we work on new material whenever it is possible. It is what it is all about I think. To find out more on The Kissaway trail, check out: TheKissawayTrail.com online. Be their friend at http://www.myspace.com/thekissawaytrail where you can check out three songs.

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