INTERVIEW: Kisschasy

Published in The Music (NSW, VIC, QLD) and on, October 2015



The end of Kisschasy also spells big changes for frontman Darren Cordeux, who reveals to Daniel Cribb he was never a massive fan of being in the spotlight.

It’s not until you look at a photograph of yourself years after the fact that you’re able to see the questionable fashion or hairstyle choices you made, and a musician can have the same reaction when digging up old music. Kisschasy dropped their game-changing debut record United Paper People back in 2005, and ten years, two more studio albums and countless shows later, it’s the soundtrack to their farewell tour. “I hadn’t listened to that record for a long time and then we actually had our first rehearsal last night for the shows,” Cordeux begins. “I think the passage of time has made me come back and really appreciate the songs; I think they stand up.

“It’s raw and honest, and my only criticism really is that I wasn’t a better vocalist at the time. I think over the years my vocals have improved. That’s the one thing that when I listen back to the record I find it a little bit hard to listen to, a bit grating.”

The idea of an anniversary tour was conceived before the band decided to call it a day. After dropping their last album, Seizures, in 2009 and its touring cycle died down, the band took some time off as they always did between records, waiting for things to naturally come back together. They had the occasional jam and threw some material around, but nothing stuck.

Cordeux covered pop-punk on the debut record, a heavier sound on follow-up Hymns For The Nonbeliever, and broadened the dynamics for Seizures, and instead of rehashing any of those elements or pulling them all together, the band decided to leave their legacy a strong one. “When we came up with [new] songs, everyone was like, ‘Yeah, this is cool, this is maybe something, but is it better than everything we’ve done so far? No.’ And we never wanted to regress. So that’s why we made that decision. That’s why new music would do the fans a disservice and kind of eat into our legacy.”

To be a success in Australia, touring is usually a must, so you might be surprised to learn it was an aspect of the band Cordeux struggled with the most. “I love being on stage and playing to the crowd for that hour, but then everything else is just always kind of a drag for me,” he admits. “I don’t really like flying, I don’t really like driving, so you know, my favourite aspect is always writing the song and hearing it build and come to life in the studio and you can then go, ‘fuck, we created that!’ So I think I’m going to be focusing more on writing.”

With Kisschasy being laid to rest after one last hurrah, Cordeux has his sights set on co-writes. Already recording and producing bands and his own material (White Caves, Echolaand) at his home studio, it makes sense that his creativity lives on and travels the world with a diverse number of artists who will see it reach a wide audience. “I’m going to the States to just do a lot more collaborations and just hopefully building this huge foundation of music that will, again, stand the test of time and have a bit of a legacy to it.”