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Kiss the Villain

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States | INDIE

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States | INDIE
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"Review of Kiss The Villain"

"'Misplaced' is pure pop mastery, a touching ballad with a sweeping chorus." -Edith Hawley, Roundabout Music -UK-3-14-07

- Roundabout Music- UK

"KtV Show"

In Santa Fe, at a dive bar with a pushy/charming Greek bartender, I saw a mega rock show. Evangelos was probably the size of my living room and was packed balls to butts. The crowd was there for a rock show and had even spilled out onto the street.

The three band lineup kicked off with a Dallas based pop-punk outfit called Thorn vs. Side. Most of you know that I hate that kind of recycled shit, but these guys were actually creative...and catchy. They were louder than hell and at one point the bartender stormed up on stage and demanded that they turn down. The crowd wasn't having it, and I knew we were in for a fun night.

After TvS warmed 'em up Santa Fe's The Mayfair Classics came in and set the place on fire. They were all guitars to 11 all the time. The charismatic lead singer got the attention of the ladies in the place as he gave his best Jim Morrison impersonation. Their songs were well crafted and their musicianship was tight. By the time they finished I thought there was no way in hell the next band could top the previous two...well fuck me, wouldn't you believe it? I was wrong.

Kiss the Villain walked up on stage cool and collected. No swagger or rockstar shenanigans, just workmanlike confidence. They grabbed their instruments, counted into their first number (A rocker titled She's a Deamer), and instantly I knew who everyone had come to see. They were catchy and clever, with great dynamics and harmonies. All electric, not too loud, but still blaring. The combination of punk and prog and pop was dynamite. Original after original kept my attention and the Helter Skelter encore was brutally honest. They have headliner written all over them. Look them up on Myspace. I heard that they are making a trip up to play a couple dives in Springs and in Denver. This is a must see act.

7/01/07 - micahsmuzak (blog)

"Review of Here's The Story"

Why bother with writing eight minute prog rock songs when you can say everything you need to say in three? That is the motto of the New Mexico based indie rock outfit Kiss the Villain. The songwriting is introspective and the arrangements are brainy, but at no point do they sacrifice the catchiness that is their calling card.” -Ed Coale, Open Microphone- 1-16-07

- Open Microphone

"Campus Underground Review"

"Deep, soul searching lyrics set to the backdrop of anarchy and punk. The New Mexico based foursome has generated a buzz around campus with they’re bootleg demo, including on it the hook laden ‘A Beautiful Suicide’… -Ryan Dean, Campus Underground – Tucson, Arizona- 4-21-07

- Campus Underground

"Album Review: Kiss The Villain"

At no point during their debut Ep, Here's the Story (sad but true), does the New Mexico based Prog-Pop outfit Kiss the Villain try to conceal their influences. A clever blend of stadium choruses and prog arrangements give them a familar sound but a style all their own.

The opening riff of the album's lead track 'Come Around Our Way' bears an eerie resemblance to that of 'Rock and Roll Star', the first track on Oasis' legendary debut Definitely Maybe. Like the aforementioned brit pop masterpiece, the tune boasts loud, driving guitars and a memorable melody. The complex drum arrangement however, makes it unique enough so that the obvious pinch appears as an homage.

The hook filled 'A Beautiful Suicide' is a gloomy love song masquerading as a breezy pop anthem and the ballad 'Misplaced' is a radio ready makeout song that is cheezy enough to be played at prom, but heavy enough to bang your head to.

'Sunday Sidewalk', the star of the record, sounds like a drug induced, but soul searching rant. Jon Salazar's ominous vocal is complimented by an equally dreary mix of deep guitars and bass. While Chad Olsen's syncopated drum beat is the perfect anecdote to the potential monotony of a song with so few changes.

What 'Here's the Story' lacks in imagination it makes up for with good taste. Oasis sounds like The Beatles, and early on, The Beatles sounded like Bill Hailey. Maybe these bands were diabolical, master thieves… or maybe they just listened good music. 7.5 out of 10

-Reagan Miller

- Stay Young Magazine


Misplaced (Single)
A Beautiful Suicide (Single)
Sunday Sidewalk (Single)



KTV is the brainchild of cousins Jonathan and Justin Salazar, who formed the band in the summer of 2005 following Jonathan's departure from Ruby Water; a staple of the Santa Fe music scene. Soon after beginning work on the new project the cousins recruited Chad "Wick" Olsen, a notoriously loud and fast punk drummer, along with original bassist Joey Sedillo. The band's signature Prog-Pop sound quickly connected with New Mexico audiences, and within a year the band had secured bookings at some of the states most highly coveted venues.

The spring of 2007 brought about a change of direction for the band as Justin took an indefinite leave of absence following the birth of his son and Sedillo left the band to pursue a solo career. Salazar was replaced on guitar by longtime Sapphire and Lumbre del Sol drummer (and all- around musical genius) David Vigil and Justin's brother Jared Salazar took over the reins on bass. 2011 saw the band change from a foursome to a fivesome as Buffalo, NY native A.J. Campanella joined the group on guitar.

The band released three singles from their 2006 studio sessions at Stepbridge Studios in Santa Fe, NM. Two of them, 'A Beautiful Suicide' and 'Misplaced', were picked up by Clear Channel Radio and have been featured on

With a Main Stage appearances at the 2007 Santa Fe Muzik Fest, bookings at some of the region's most highly coveted venues and a devoted following, the band has climbed to the upper echelon of the Southwest’s burgeoning music scene, and their star is sure to keep rising.

KTV Has Shared a Stage With Such Notable Acts As:
Blue October
Public Enemy
George Clinton
Shiny Toy Guns
Rabbit In The Moon
Blues Traveler
Michael Franti
Burning Spear
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Dark Star Orchestra
Citizen Cope
The Attorneys