The Kissaway Trail
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Thomas L. Fagerlund|
Søren B. Corneliussen
The four members of Kissaway Trail (Søren, Thomas, Hasse and Rune) originally recorded together under the name 'Isles', and did a self-released album called "We have decided not to die" in 2005. Since then, an additional guitarist, Daniel, while Thomas started to sing alongside Søren making the distinctive two lead-vocal sound that they have today. Various tracks from this early period of the band's history can still be downloaded from Danish music websites. The band’s musical existence very nearly ended when Søren lost his love for music after his father was killed under tragic circumstances. However, he made his own decision to start performing and recording again, and Kissaway Trail started to create their debut album.
Their material is released in Europe (aside from Scandinavia) and Japan by Bella Union, Etch n Sketch in Australia and New Zealand, and Playground Music in Scandinavia. On their breakthrough album local producer Niels Høg helped them in the studio.
The title of their song 61 relates to the number of days a band member had to wait to hear if their family member had a terminal illness. The member involved is kept under wraps for very personal reasons; some fans believe it is Hasse, the drummer, because he has a tattoo of the number '61' on his chest.
The band have cited influences to their music include The Beach Boys, Grandaddy, Daniel Johnston, Placebo and Sonic Youth, amongst others. Their sound has also been compared to that of the Polyphonic Spree and Canadian band Arcade Fire.
The band have been known for their live performances, which have included songs from 'The Kissaway Trail', as well as b-sides such as 'Romeo And Romeo' and 'La Mia'. They have also performed at the Wireless, Latitude and SXSW festivals in 2007, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 2008, where they supported Interpol and The National, and Lollapalooza in 2010.
The band planned to release their new album entitled Sleep Mountain in March 2010. They have a new single from the upcoming album. The single "SDP" can be downloaded for free on the band's Facebook. In March and April 2010 the band played in North America in opening support of Australian band The Temper Trap.
In December 2011 Kissaway Trail announced that their former bassist Rune Pedersen and guitarist Daniel Skjoldmose will leave the band but they will continue playing as a trio. According to their Facebook they are currently in New York working on their new album, of which a first single will previously be released in January.
On May 14, 2013 Yep Roc Records announced that Kissaway Trail's forthcoming album "Breach" would be released on August 20, 2013.
- Thomas Fagerlund – vocals, guitar, synth
- Søren Corneliussen – vocals, guitar, synth
- Hasse Mydtskov – drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Daniel Skjoldmose – guitar,(2006–2012)
- Rune Pedersen – bass, backing vocals (2005–2012)
Albums and EPs
- Into the Ocean and Rise Again (EP, October 2006)
- The Kissaway Trail (LP, January 2007)
- Sleep Mountain (LP, March 2010)
- Nørrebro (Life Is a B-Side) (EP, May 2013)
- Breach (LP, August 2013)
- "La La Song" (2007)
- "61" (2007)
- "Smother + Evil = Hurt" (April 2007, re-release February 2008)
- "SDP" (2010)
- "Beat Your Heartbeat" (July 2010)
- "New Lipstick" (2010)
- "Nørrebro" (March 2013)
- "The Springsteen Implosion" (2013)
- " Sarah Jevo" (2013)