Unfortunate End: release date 05-17-2013
Heather Bray Heywood : guitars, vocals
Alexis Martin Woodall : keys, vocals
Beth Ziegler : drums
Amanda Paganini : guitars, vocals
Melissa Pleckham : bass
Kissing Cousins is an all girl band from Los Angeles, CA. The release of their upcoming In With Them 7”/Digital EP on Velvet Blue Music celebrates 10 years as a band. Singer/guitarist Heather Heywood started the project in her bedroom in 2005 and began sharing the songs with drummer Beth Ziegler. The two quickly expanded to a 4 piece and began playing shows.
KC signed with Velvet Blue Music on the strength of Heywood’s demos, which were released as the first two EPs. The next 5 years included releasing two more EPs, touring throughout the US, and culminated in their sole full length Pillar of Salt. The album was recorded straight to 8 track ½” tape by Richard Swift (Black Keys, The Shins). The album remains unmatched in its combination of lo-fi Sabbath-like riffs, eerie flute lines and haunting 50s doo-wop vocals. The album produced the single “Don’t Look Back” which was prominently featured on the television show American Horror Story and whose video was a modest hit on YouTube.
The last 5 years has seen the ever-revolving line up solidify with frontwoman Heywood backed by guitarist/vocalist Amanda Paganini, bassist Melissa Pleckham, keyboard/percussionist Alexis Martin Woodall, and drummer Beth Ziegler. The fivesome released the S Foye produced Unfortunate End double 7” in 2012 and continued to tour the West Coast. Their music appeared in various television shows like Homeland, Nip/Tuck, and in countless indie films and projects.
Their latest release In With Them showcases Heywood’s powerful, sultry voice as well as the band’s venture into more textured, propulsive soundscapes. The songs still have plenty of Heywood’s trademark dirty guitars and dark themes but this time around the gritty production feels more controlled. The 4 tracks were recorded at The Day Cave in Los Angeles with Ken Ramos at the helm as producer. The 7” and digital version are being released in conjunction with videos for the tracks “In With Them” and “Cover Me.”
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