2015 Kissing Candice interview
Kissing Candice was birthed from the loins of Long Island, New York, and the twisted visions of former Dr. Acula madman, Joey Simpson. In 2012, Simpson began a journey to create dynamic soundmares, mixing electronica with elements of horror, metal, hardcore, and industrial music. Simpson took his keyboard and sampling skills into the studio with producer Jeremy Comitas, stepping to the forefront as vocalist as well. The result of this partnership yielded the debut EP, Murder.
Sensing the scope of what Kissing Candice might become, Simpson began the process of surrounding himself with equally twisted and caliginous minds. They came in the form of guitarists Tommy Sciro and Walter DiCristina and bassist Mike Grippo. Drummer Tommy 3 rounded out the madness.
The cinematic scope of the band’s music and live shows began to take form and grew into the band’s second EP, Conjured, self-released last December. This summer the band is enjoying its first run as a part of the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, playing on the Victory Records stage. To kick off the tour, Kissing Candice released its debut full-length album, Blind Until We Burn.
On Day 5 of Mayhem, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio sat down with four-fifths of the band to chat about the debut record, their love of horror movies, and how they translate their passion for horror into the music.
“The image itself, you know—bands have done the mask. Bands have done the make-up. Slipknot’s got that bondage look. Mushroomhead’s got that more monster look: So we’ll do that more horror movie, creepy killer type of vibe, with music that people wouldn’t expect to come from us. Especially with the name. You hear the name Kissing Candice and you would never think guys in masks. Then when you see us you’re thinking, okay, maybe some sort of metal band, but we don’t really labels ourselves as metal. We don’t really label ourselves as anything because our music is so diverse. So we just go out there and do our thing.”
Sciro talks about the album’s title, Blind Until We Burn:
“You can take it how you want it, but it’s essentially saying most people go through life with a veil over their eyes, following whatever stuff is shoved down their throat without ever really looking at the situation. Whether that be a religious thing. Whether that be a relationship thing. Whether that be just the way you live your everyday life—and not challenging and every really finding yourself. So blind until you burn is basically saying, do it before it’s too late.”
Kissing Candice talked about how their love of horror and the macabre plays into their songwriting, their love for the movie Troll 2, and they share what pop songs they would like to give the Kissing Candice treatment to.
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