Kiss It Goodbye
Kiss It Goodbye
The four friends quickly made a demo tape, garnering interest from hardcore and metal-oriented labels alike with Singer's storytelling lyrical wordplay, Gormley's creative drum talents, and Huckins' explosive, dissonant guitar playing. Revelation Records signed Kiss It Goodbye to a multi-album deal and soon they were in a Seattle studio with San Francisco-based producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, the Melvins, Sick of It All) working on their debut full-length album. 1997's She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not had critics heads' spinning with its conceptual album cover art and further exploration of the musical themes laid down by Deadguy's previous incarnation. Kiss It Goodbye distilled the efforts of the members' previous bands into their base elements, astounding audiences throughout the country on tour with their often improvisation-based interpretations of the album's songs. The record recalled the fury of Black Flag while simultaneously charting a new course for heavy music.
Two tracks that were left off of She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not later surfaced as the Preacher/Target Practice 7" single, complete with a cover illustration by noted Seattle hardcore veteran Demian "Headboy" Johnston. Alternative Press magazine would note that "Kiss It Goodbye...create(s) a blanket of hate so terrifying, so all-encompassing, it makes extreme noise seem passive," awarding the band's work five stars. The quartet toured with Relapse recording artists Unsane in 1997 and were mismatched briefly on the road with the decidedly death metal Obituary. Shortly after that tour, Huckins decided that he was done touring and playing heavy music for the foreseeable future, parting amicably with the band (even teaching his songs to his replacement, the aforementioned Johnston, before going) and returning to his native East Coast.
The group continued onward, writing and recording material for a 7" single intended to be released by semi-legendary Seattle-based indie Sub-Pop. Singer was next to leave the group, effectively ending Kiss It Goodbye in September of 1998. Revelation compiled the later material (Sub-Pop declined to release the songs due to the band disbanding) with the previous 7" single -- and one other track -- and released it as the Choke 7"/CD EP in 1999. Johnston and Gormley continued to write, record, and perform together as Playing Enemy, releasing an album through Escape Artist Records in 2001 with Rusnack joining up briefly on bass.
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