Danish act The Kissaway Trail has parted ways with bassist Rune Pedersen and guitarist Daniel Skjoldmose and will continue on as a trio for the time being while they work on new material. Read more: https://www.facebook.com/kissawaytrail/posts/10150408327558173
Artist: The Kissaway Trail
The Pinecone Cheer, aka the solo alias of The Kissaway Trail frontman Søren Corneliussen, is offering up a new tune from his forthcoming self-titled debut, due out in September: http://soundcloud.com/thepineconecheer/bags
Music blog Wonders Make Joy have assembled a decent-looking comp of contemporary Danish indie for free download called "Indieanermusik": http://wondersmakejoy.dk/?page_id=1427
Featured artists include Choir Of Young Believers, The Spy In The Mes, The Kissaway Trail, Sleep Party People, Keith Canisius, Chimes & Bells, Cartridge and 4 Guys From The Future.
The Kissaway Trail frontman Søren Corneliussen has started a new sideproject called The Pinecone Cheer -- listen at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thepineconecheer
The Kissaway Trail are coming over for a few dates in August:
08/06 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
08/07 - Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
08/09 - Mod Club, Toronto, ON
08/11 - Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
I've been a bit lazy for a while now when it comes to digging up some new cool music. You know how it is, you have your good ol' playlists on Spotify or iTunes and you tend to stick to those on sheer laziness. In a sense one can say I'm still very much stuck in 2003 when it comes to "new" music. With one exception -- "The funeral" by Arcade Fire. That's 2005. Now, five years later, thanks to good friends who force-feeds me new playlists, I'm having a "The Funeral" flashback. Or rather, a "The Funeral"-goes-2010-tantrum. The band in question is The Kissaway Trail, a couple of really cool Danes. With their second record, "Sleep mountain", the wheels are really turning for Thomas L. Fagerlund and his crew. The heat is already building in the UK and overseas, The Kissaway Trail has already made a number of prestigious shows in prestigious venues. The question is, will this show count as one of those? The answer is... no. Get me right here, The Kissaway Trail is an awesome band, with awesome songs, and the show is marvelous, but this just ain't the perfect conditions. They are a club act; they need a tight space with lots of sweat and the fumes of alcohol, preferably late at night. At Popadelica they play a bit too early, the sun is still up and more importantly, the people are still missing. The right atmosphere just ain't there. Nonetheless, The Kissaway Trail still puts on an impressive performance; these guys will be around for a long time. I just hope the next time I see them it's in a more suitable venue.
- Christian Stenbacke
Check out The Kissaway Trail's new video for "Beat your heartbeat": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMGBEZgddcE
Let's get this out of the way: Danish band The Kissaway Trail owes a good deal of their sound to Arcade Fire. No... make that a great deal. From lush orchestral movements, to their pendent for melodramatic swells punctuated with non-specific "ooohh ohh ohhs", Win Butler and the gang seep though the holes of nearly every track. It may come as a surprise then, that The Kissaway Trail's sophomore effort "Sleep mountain" comes off significantly more than a simple "Neon Bible"-retread. Marrying electronics to dense instrumentals, they've managed to create an album that timelessly reflects the intermingled sorrow and optimism of youth.
With vocal styles that sound not unlike Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, co-lead men Thomas Fagerlund and Søren Corneliussen lead the charge though eleven tracks, their Bright Eyes-style emotive phrasing adding gravity to melancholic paean "New year" and helping transform Neil Young cover "Philadelphia" into a multi-layered, wandering daydream. Unafraid to un-ironically dip into Loney Dear-style sincerity on "Beat your heartbeat" and "New lipstick", it's difficult not to get swept up in their unabashed romanticism. Arcade Fire may have gotten there first, but The Kissaway Trail is here to stay.
- Laura Studarus
The Kissaway Trail have lined up a bunch of American dates to coincide with their appearance at SXSW in March:
03/14 - Nx35 (Andy's On The Square), Denton, TX
03/18-20 - SXSW, Austin, TX
03/22 - Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
03/23 - The Varsity, Minneapolis, MN
03/24 - The Metro, Chicago, IL
03/26 - The Newport, Columbus, OH
03/27 - House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
03/30 - The Mod Club, Toronto, CAN
03/31 - Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire, Montreal, CAN
04/01 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
04/02 - Webster Hall, New York, NY
04/03 - Theater of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
04/06 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
04/08 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
04/09 - The Loft, Atlanta, GA
04/10 - The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
04/12 - House of Blues, Dallas, TX
04/13 - Emo's, Austin, TX
04/15 - The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
04/19 - Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA
04/20 - Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA
04/22 - Pop Scene, San Francisco, CA
Filter has the premiere of The Kissaway Trail's video for "SDP": http://filtermagazine.com/index.php/media/entry/the_kissaway_trail_sdp_filter_exclusive_premiere
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson has a new website for his upcoming solo endeavor where you can hear the new song "Boy lilikoi": http://jonsi.com/
His new album "Go", composed with help from Nico Muhly (Grizzly Bear, Antony and the Johnsons) and produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Tiger Lou, The Kissaway Trail, etc.), will be out sometime next year.
Scandinavian acts confirmed for SXSW 2010: Ólöf Arnalds, Julian Berntzen, Adiam Dymott, Francis, The Kissaway Trail, Unni Lovlid, Lowood, Mixtapes & Cellmates, Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), Movits! and Surrounded.