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Interview: The Kissaway Trail

I’m suffering from both a Kissaway Trail hangover and withdrawal after seeing the Danish band perform as the opening act for The Temper Trap this past Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. The five-piece (six if you count the bearded and dancing tambourine player) blew me away with a sound that was equal parts Arcade Fire, Mew, Snow Patrol, Sigur Ros, Long-view, Modest Mouse and Polyphonic Spree. Everything built up into huge anthemic crescendos that rained on the close-to-sold-out audience and kept me (and hundreds others) in a 45-minute state of bliss.

After their set was done, I went backstage and threw a few questions at Rune Pedersen (bass), Hasse Mydtskov (drums), and Daniel Skjoldmose (guitars, keyboards). Apologies for the background noise (ie – Temper Trap performing), the dressing room walls were pretty thin.

Rune told me that after this run of dates with The Temper Trap, The Kissaway Trail is heading overseas but will be back in the States this summer/fall and will be performing at some festivals (hmm … maybe Lollapalooza?). You can pick up the band’s U.S. debut release, Sleep Mountain (Bella Union / Yep Roc), on April 20.

Friday: The Temper Trap / The Kissaway Trail @ The Newport ($5 show)

U2 has attempted to make dance-rock albums but they come across as schlocky and insincere. Australia’s The Temper Trap does a much better job mixing dance rock beats with guitars and falsetto vocals. Though the band started building buzz at SXSW in 2009, it wasn’t until the film (500) Days of Summer used their song “Sweet Disposition” that things really started taking off and led to things like airplay on CD101.

For $5, this is a helluva show but, wait, there’s MORE! Act now and you’ll receive an opening set by Denmark’s The Kissaway Trail. These guys have already done time overseas opening for Editors and Ra Ra Riot, and performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival alongside Interpol and The National. The bands Yep Roc debut, Sleep Mountain, hits stores in April so this show will be a sneak preview and you’re bound to hear influences ranging from Modest Mouse to Mew to The Polyphonic Spree.