German heavy metal outfit Kissin’ Dynamite finally broke through to the bigger stage in 2018. Thirteen years after forming they signed to Metal Blade record’s and their latest album 'Ecstasy' gave them a worldwide audience and a chance to expand beyond the borders of their homeland.
Yet, up until today they have only played one UK show. This week that all changes as they hit the road with Powerwolf for a jaunt across the UK and Europe. Before the tour kicked off we sat down with founding member, drummer Andi to talk about the band who they are, where they’ve come from and where they are headed next.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: Hi Andi, welcome. First off, for anyone who doesn't know who you are, can you please introduce yourself?
Andi: We’re a German rock band and it’s our mission to bring back Stadium Rock!
therevivalmusic.co.uk: You've been together 13 years now, and you’ve seen a lot of success back home in Germany. Your new album Ecstasy really helped you break through in the UK. How are you finding the reception you get over here?
Andi: In November 2018 we have actually played in the UK (London) for the very first time during our support tour with Powerwolf. It was a special honour for us, because among others we’re also influenced a lot by many British bands. What made it even more special was the fact that we played in the KOKO, where Bon Scott had his last drink. [At least, that’s what the local technician told us.] Anyway, the reactions where fantastic. We almost forgot that we were only support. There’s no doubt that you guys know how to party.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: Ecstasy is your first album for Metal Blade records. Have you found working with one of the biggest independent labels in the world has helped you break through to a wider audience?
Andi: Of course, it’s important to have a label that gives you the opportunity to spread your music. On that score, Metal Blade did a good job! But nevertheless I still think that the most important factor that decides on success is the band itself.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: You've got a great 80's rock sound; dirty and sleazy, loud guitars and powerful vocals. Where have the influences for that come from?
Andi: As I mentioned before, we really love British rooted bands like Maiden, AC/DC and Priest. But on the other hand we’re also influenced a lot by American stuff like Mötley Crüe, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. It’s a quite balanced hybrid between those two.
And in terms of where those influences come from: We’re already a generation where our parents had the better music than our friends in school. So we rifled through our parents attics and found all this great stuff which they had already listened to as teenagers.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: And with the name Kissin' Dynamite you've got to be big AC/DC fans?
Andi: Indeed. And since I have always been the biggest AC/DC of us all, it’s my fault that we’re called Kissin’ Dynamite. Back then we were meeting to find a good name for our band but couldn’t find one. Like a cliché, my phone rang with the song Kissin' Dynamite of AC/DC as ringtone. In this moment, we knew that we got it.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: What’s it like writing a Kissin' Dynamite album. How does the process work for you as a band?
Andi: Mostly, we collect good slogans at first. When we like one, Hannes mostly writes a good chorus with it and adds some verses with nonsense English. But for me, this is a big help, because like that I have the rhythmics and the number of syllables, so I can write a proper lyric to it. After that, the two amigos Jim and Ande add their solos and so on. Like this, we turn a demo more and more into the actual track. This lasted about one year with the whole album Ecstasy.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: You've got to be happy with the results of your last recording sessions? Ecstasy is one the most well round albums of 2018.
Andi: Absolutely. You know, when we wrote the biggest part of it, we had absolutely no pressure, because we didn’t even have a label at the time. It was summer 2017. Like this, we had a really relaxed atmosphere and I think you can hear it if you listen to the album. Additionally, we somehow naturally went back to our roots: No more experiments like on Megalomania. Only plain rock music which feels just good.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: You've only played a single show in the UK before today. With a full tour supporting Powerwolf coming this week what can our readers expect from your live show?
Andi: We will give our best to bring you an entertaining, feel-good, no-bullshit, butt-kicking, explosive Rock n' Roll show.
therevivalmusic.co.uk: This tour is one of the highlights of January for us. But after that what does the future hold? Where are you heading next as a band?
Andi: After the January Tour with Powerwolf, we’re gonna rehearse through February and will play our own headliner tour, named Ecstasy Over Europe. After that, we’ll play several summer festivals in order to play another headliner tour in the fall which will also lead us to London again, so say tuned!!
therevivalmusic.co.uk: Thanks for your time, we’ll see you on the road next week.
Andi: Thank you, it was a pleasure. Looking forward to rock the UK!
You can catch Kissin’ Dynamite on tour next week with Powerwolf and Amaranthe. If their Ecstasy album is anything to go by you’re in for a treat so be sure to head to the shows early!