Kissers and Killers

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Kissers and Killers
Studio album by The Choir
Released 1993
Recorded Neverland Studios,
Cerritos, CA, 1993;
Pakaderm Studios,
Los Alamitos, CA, 1993;
Fingerprint Recorders,
Montrose, CA, 1990, 1993
Genre Alternative rock
Length 32:33
Label Glasshouse
Producer Derri Daugherty
Steve Hindalong
The Choir chronology
Circle Slide
(1990)
Kissers and Killers
(1993)
Speckled Bird
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Kissers and Killers is the seventh studio album from Christian alternative rock band The Choir, released in 1993.

Recording history[edit]

Rather than renew their recording contract with Myrrh, The Choir decided to create their own record label, Glasshouse, through which they could release their future albums independently. At this point in the band's musical evolution, the twin strands of worship-minded compositions and confessional songs about love and loss had begun to diverge, so after Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong provided their first album of worship music, At the Foot of the Cross, Volume One: Clouds, Rain, Fire, to the Christian market, the band put together what essentially was a collection of demos intended to attract the interest of a mainstream record label. To that end, only 6300 copies were ever pressed, and the album is now difficult to find.

Far more aggressive than anything the band had ever released, Kissers and Killers is a non-stop collection of alternative rock songs that bluntly address the complexities of romantic love and obsession. The only breather in the set is "Let the Sky Fall," a roots-rock composition featuring Hindalong on only his second lead vocal for the band (the first being the somewhat goofy "Everybody in the Band" on Chase the Kangaroo).

This is the last album that the band would record in California, before Daugherty, Hindalong and Dan Michaels decided to uproot their families and move across the country to Nashville, Tennessee in the latter part of 1993. At that time, all of the songs on this album were either re-recorded or remixed for release as part of the band's next album Speckled Bird, with the exception of "Let the Sky Fall," as Hindalong was insecure about his vocals. However, it can be argued that the track order presented here is a more effective presentation of these eight songs than on the band's next record.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Steve Hindalong. All music by Derri Daugherty unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Gripped" – 4:20
  2. "Amazing" – 3:46
  3. "Kissers and Killers" (Lyrics by Hindalong, Tim Chandler; Music by Daugherty, Hindalong, Chandler) – 2:57
  4. "Weather Girl" (Music by Daugherty, Hindalong, Chandler, Dan Michaels) – 5:51
  5. "Yellow Skies" – 3:43
  6. "Grace" – 3:08
  7. "Let the Sky Fall" (Music by Hindalong) – 3:36
  8. "Love Your Mind" (Music by Daugherty, Chandler, Hindalong) – 5:12

Personnel[edit]

The Choir[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cater, Darryl. Kissers and Killers at AllMusic