Kissing Is A Crime
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Kissing Is A Crime

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Brooklyn, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Post-punk


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"Kissing is a Crime: Crown Royal Stereogum Premier"

Among Matt Molnar’s previous projects is Friends, the Samantha Urbani-fronted New York metropolitan pop Band To Watch that seemed to be on the verge of a big breakthrough before apparently dissolving last year. Lately, besides loaning his practice space out to DIIV, Molnar has been working on a new group called Kissing Is A Crime. The band’s self-titled EP is out next month, and “Crown Royal” is its lead single and opening track. The song shimmers as it grooves along, its simple, steady percussive loop giving way to brash live drums and very pretty less-is-more guitar work. Pleasingly, the lead vocal reminds me of Billy Corgan, especially on the line, “I’d sell my soul/ For a taste of you/ A kiss, a kiss, a kiss/ Your cherry lips.” - Stereogum

"First Play: Kissing is a Crime "I Only Wanted Everything""

Brooklyn’s Matthew Molner is a man with his fingers in many musical pies (you might know him from Soft Black, Friends or my personal fav Pagan Rituals). For new project Kissing Is A Crime, Molner has assembled his very own DIY dream group, recruiting Liz Hogg of Beach Arabs, riot grrrl and 80’s pop enthusiast Beatrice Rothbaum and Bushwick’s own Devan Davies-Wood on drums.

The band release their debut EP Crown Royal on 14th October and features three killer KIAK (I love appreviating band names!) songs including the uncompromising I Only Wanted Everything, which the band have given us a first play of. I Only Wanted Everything sits in that pocket between pop, punk and indie, it’s hooky, not too screamy and you can sure sing/scream along to the chorus.

Be sure to check out the EP title track Crown Royal too because it’s got a kind of ‘at the beach on a dreamy day’ sound to match it’s sticky sweet emotional lyrical message ‘I’d sell my soul for a taste of you… a kiss a kiss of your cherry lips’. - The Beat Magazine

"Hear Two Songs From Brooklyn Post Punk Band Kissing is a Crime"

“Blind Bruises” and “Unanswered Prayers,” both songs on Kissing Is A Crime's Soundcloud page, seem written in those brief moments of ear-ringing amp buzz and the seconds of warm static on tapes before the song starts. Yeah, these spaces have become something of an indie rock national currency. But the Brooklyn band seem to be gunning for a sound that you'd hear on the radio in a Polanski film, especially “Blind Bruises,” which “narrates the struggles of a woman in the throes of schizophrenia, & its alterations on her perceptions of reality,” according to a press release. “Unanswered Prayers” is as barbed and untended as the abandoned house on your childhood street, swathed in a different sort of alienation but no less stretched to a more immediately relatable limit: “Everybody's had a piece of me and wants seconds for desert.” - Chart Attack

"Kissing Is A Crime Unveils It's Debut Music Video"

If Matthew Molnar hasn’t influenced your taste in music over the years, you’ve truly been missing out. The New Jersey-bred, Brooklyn-based artist was formerly a member of Friends, the Samantha Urbani-fronted band that made indie rock gems that you most likely heard playing in Urban Outfitters during the late 2000s. (You might also recognize him from Soft Black and Pagan Rituals.)

Now, he’s back with a brand-new DIY band called Kissing Is a Crime, and they’re dropping the music video for their debut single, “Crown Royal” right here. Comprised of Liz Hogg (guitar), Beatrice Rothbaum (bass), and Alex Feldman (drums), their emotive sound is irresistibly catchy. As summer slowly winds down to an end, this Charlotte Hornsby-directed video will make you want to cherish these last few days we have left to enjoy it.

Molnar describes the single as a “hooky sugar rush about adolescent infatuation.” He adds,“‘Crown Royal’ is meant to be like a short story. I’m really obsessed with coming-of-age films, especially from the late ’70s, and had that in mind as a backdrop for this song. It’s a tale of star-crossed infatuation, taking place in the transitory state that is young adulthood. I think of it as taking place at a family picnic in the early summer when school is out of session and the world is a little bit more free.” - Nylon Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.


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