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The Prog Mill Long Ones Special featuring just six epic tracks from Lee Abraham, The Samurai of Prog, Gandalf’s Fist, Third Quadrant, IQ and Big Big Train.  Broadcast Sunday 26th June 2016, is now available to download or listen to any time you like. Prog Mill Progzilla Logo

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/kiss-kiss-king-kong-interview/

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Kiss Kiss King Kong, a power trio from Bergen in Norway released their debut offering “Too High To Say Hello” last year. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Eirik Utne and Einar Olsson discuss about the mentioned album, playing live, touring, and more.

Your debut album titled “Too High To Say Hello” draws influences from many different music styles. How would you describe your music to someone who didn’t hear your music before? What artists do you think have inspired you most directly?

Eirik: Growing up in the 90’s I think it’s fair to say that we do take a lot of influence from the alternative rock and metal scene of the late 90’s/early 2000’s – in particular trios like for instance Dinosaur Jr. and Motorpsycho, the latter being one of our absolute favourite Norwegian bands of all time. At the same time the sound and feel of the 70’s are important to us. Bands that had their basic setup of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and in particular The Who show how explosive and fun a power trio can be.

Kiss Kiss King Kong is a trio. What in particular each one of you brought to the table while working on the songs from “Too High To Say Hello”?

Einar: Usually, someone comes up with a riff or an idea and then we all work on the song structure together. Morten and me spend a lot of time working out the groove and the rhythmical structure of the songs – basically just jamming and trying out different things.

Eirik: Most of our music is based on a few basic ideas that we bring to our rehearsal room and jam with together. I spent a lot of time getting the guitar sound right for each track, and also filling in on old wacky organs wherever it felt natural. At the same time I tried not to think too much about whether we were playing in a major, minor or whatnot scale, and just do whatever felt right.

Did you map out any of the elements before starting to write “THTSH”?

Eirik: It’s a mix between old and new ideas; we actually changed a lot of the tracks during the process. We’ve released the album on vinyl, where you need to put together two sides that make sense musically and have the right length. At the same time, some of the ideas were great fun but felt old, where we just wanted to bring some new and untested stuff into the mix.

Einar: I think that the limitations of vinyl, as far as playing time goes, actually worked in our favour in many ways. We had to think really carefully about how we where going to physically fit the songs onto each side of the record, while still retaining the feeling that they work together as an entity. The record would probably have been much less focused if we had the opportunity to include a lot more songs.

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Breaking down the album’s structure, it’s easy to notice that each one of you have parts where your instrumental work is really good. What is your way of putting these improvised instrumentations in an entity called song?

Eirik: One of the major reasons for starting the band was to have a project where we could do whatever we wanted! And that is more or less what we’ve done. We get together and jam on songs and make time for improvisation when we feel that the song needs it and we want it. Also, in a live format, that’s what makes us have that extra bit of fun on stage – where we don’t always know what’s going on but we have a great time with it.

Einar: Thanks! I used to listen a lot to Miles Davis’ live recordings from Isle of Wight in 1970. This is barely a year after he recorded Bitches Brew, and the music consists of long collective improvisations based on riffs and cues with short, composed phrases. That level of musicianship and courage is inspirational and influential beyond anything. We basically try to use the same kind of approach structuring our more jam-based material.

How does the album title affect the material presented on the album? Give me a snapshot of the topics you explore on these songs?

Eirik: I’ve been too high on music to say hello many times, walking around with songs in my head not noticing people passing by. I’ve guess we’ve all been there. Many of the songs reflect this distance and melancholy that can grow in a place where it’s easy to long for summer during winter and winter during summer.

So, what is with the name of the band?

Eirik: We’re too high to remember.

You had quite a few opportunities to present your work in front of live audiences. What is the general response you guys receive?

Eirik: The live format is extremely important to us, and a major inspiration for the record. We usually aim to do stuff live that is slightly above our skills and which we haven’t thought through properly – something that results in a bit of craziness that our audiences seem to appreciate.

Einar: Also, because we approach the songs in such an improvisational and loose manner, we rely heavily on on-stage communication between ourselves. There´s always a feeling of “unsafety”, for lack of a better word – that there is a chance things might fall apart at any minute. That makes it exciting for the audience.

Are there any plans for hitting the road and touring Europe or North America?

Eirik: We’re in the midst of planning a tour around Europe autumn/winter 2016/17.

Einar: We have also started looking into SXSW in Austin in 2017, so there might be some gigs in the US around that time.

How do you sense the future?

Eirik: We listen to the winds of the fjords and the voices of our foremothers – which I sense could be the title of our next album.

Grab a copy of Too High To Say Hello from iTunes.

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Northern Star  23rd June 2016

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  • Austria, – Weather Report  Seventh Arrow
  • Belgium, cosmic Trip machine Zorba Goes to hell
  • Bulgaria, FSB To Play Gamma
  • Croatia, Go Run Donkey Hot!  Jutros
  • Republic of Cyprus, Quadraphonic Social Suicide
  • Czech Republic, Votchi  – Stereo (out of jail)
  • Denmark, Sky Architects The Hollows
  • Estonia, Phlox Augustin
  • Finland, malady – Unessakävelijä
  • France, Lazuli – La Lierre
  • Germany, Eloy – The dance in doubt and fear
  • Greece, Ciccada – Elisabeth
  • Hungary, Nostradamus Divine Comedy
  • Ireland, Horslips Faster than the Hound
  • Italy, New Trolls Paolo E Francesca
  • Latvia, Artifical home – Inflamed
  • Lithuania, the Skys the broken sounds of truth
  • Luxembourg,light Damage Heaven
  • Malta, Athelstone Jaaz
  • Netherlands Mescaliner Cloak of roses
  • Poland, Riverside Time Travellers
  • Portugal, Sonic pulsar Schizophrenics playground
  • Romania, Bucium – Voievozii
  • Slovakia, Sisterhood of Klangpedal Cyril
  • Slovenia, Cynicism Management TV Turns on you
  • Spain, Cheetos Magazine Basket case
  • Sweden Anekdoten   King Oblivion
  • UK Jump The wreck of the St Marie

Repeat Shows  Saturday 3.00pm GMT + 1

Sunday at midnight GMT + 1

Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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  • Pallas  Northern Star Theme
  • Budgie – Crime against the world
  • Roy Harper – I hate the white man
  • Tin Machine – Video crime
  • Kindred Spirit – Feed the fire
  • Queensryche – Breaking the silence
  • Stanley Clarke – Black on Black Crime
  • Unto Us – Human Landscape
  • Boston Shakers – Body mind and Soul
  • King Crimson – Talking Drum
  • The Watch – Scene of the crime
  • Tim Minchin – Prejudice
  • Supertramp – if everyone was listening
  • Talk Talk – Hate
  • Mystery – Between love and hate
  • Cockney Rebel – Sebastian
  • Crippled Black Phoenix – Nature Dictates the downfall of humans
  • Lonely Robot – Humans being
  • John Martyn – The downward pull of human nature
  • Fairport Convention – Who knows where the time goes
  • Rick wakeman – Crime of the century
  • Brian Johnstone – Uzjed Tarantella (taste the fear)
  • Fish –  Fearless
  • Porcupine Tree – Way out here
  • Peter Gabriel – I am amazing
  • Anderson/Stolt – Knowing…

 

 

Repeat Shows  Saturday 3.00pm GMT + 1

Sunday at midnight GMT + 1

Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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The Emma Free episode due to a glorious Technical SNAFU by yours truly. This a pure music playlist

  • Pallas  Northern Star Theme
  • Led Zeppelin – Carouselambra
  • Wolverine – Sarah
  • Lia Ices – Wish you were here
  • Tarja – Lost Northern Star
  • Winter In eden – Oblivion
  • Yannis Glezos – The Shield
  • All About Eve – Martha’s Harbour
  • Tilt – Hinterland
  • David Bowie – Time
  • Frost* – TOWERBLOCK
  • Rush – La Villa strangiato
  • Macc Lads – No Sleep Till Buxton
  • Preacher – Vinyl
  • Tangerine dream – Cloudburst flight
  • Whitesnake – Blindman
  • Yes – Onward
  • Weather Report – Birdland live 78
  • The Divine Comedy – The Wreck of the beautiful
  • We Are Kin – The Hard Decision
  • Violet District – Homage to the irretrievably lost
  • Pink Floyd – Shine on you Crazy Diamond

 

Repeat Shows  Saturday 3.00pm GMT + 1

Sunday at midnight GMT + 1

Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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Subscribe to the show here

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1 Genesis Supper’s Ready
2 Yes Close To The Edge
3 Yes Awaken
4 King Crimson Starless
5 Genesis Firth Of Fifth
6 Jethro Tull Thick As A Brick
7 Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond
8 Twelfth Night Sequences
9 Genesis Cinema Show
10 Genesis The Musical Box
11 Yes Gates Of Delirium
12 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
13 Marillion Grendel
14 Big Big Train The Underfall Yard
15 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King
16 Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
17 Pink Floyd Echoes
18 Frost* Milliontown
19 Yes And You And I
20 Pink Floyd Dogs
21 Yes Starship Trooper
22 ELP Karn Evil 9
23 Big Big Train East Coast Racer
24 Yes Yours Is No Disgrace
25 Twelfth Night We Are Sane
26 Discipline Canto Iv
27 Rush 2112
28 It Bites Once Around The World
29 Transatlantic The Whirlwind
30 Van Der Graaf Generator A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
31 ELP Tarkus
32 Twelfth Night The Collector
33 Yes Roundabout
34 Marillion Kayleigh Suite
35 IQ Last Human Gateway
36 Twelfth Night The Ceiling Speaks
37 Kevin Gilbert Long Day’s Life
38 IQ The Seventh House
39 Gong Masterbuilder
40 Twelfth Night Take A Look
41 The Enid One And The Many
42 King Crimson Larks’ Tongue In Aspic
43 Transatlantic Stranger In Your Soul
44 Frost* Hyperventilate
45 Echolyn Mei
46 Moon Safari Lovers End Part 3
47 Yes Turn Of The Century
48 Rush Xanadu
49 Steven Wilson Home Invasion/Regret No 9
50 King Crimson Fracture
51 Rush Tom Sawyer
52 Camel Ice
53 Galahad Richelieu’s Prayer 2012
54 Twelfth Night Creepshow
55 Dream Theater A Change Of Seasons
56 Focus Sylvia
57 Marillion This Strange Engine
58 Genesis Dancing With The Moonlight Knight
59 Arena Moviedrome
60 Genesis Eleventh Earl Of Mar
61 Galahad Empires Never Last
62 The Flower Kings The Truth Will Set You Free
63 Spock’s Beard At The End Of The Day
64 Van Der Graaf Generator Killer
65 Porcupine Tree Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
66 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn
67 King Crimson Red
68 Jethro Tull Cross Eyed Mary
69 Van Der Graaf Generator Still Life
70 Spock’s Beard The Light
71 Darwin’s Radio Breathe It In
72 King Crimson Thela Hun Ginjeet
73 Rush Hemispheres
74 ELP Trilogy
75 Galahad I Could Be God
76 Big Big Train Victorian Brickwork
77 King Crimson Lizard
78 Pallas Crown Of Thorns
79 IQ The Enemy Smacks
80 Némo Miroirs
81 IO Earth New World
82 Marillion Garden Party
83 The Flower Kings Stardust We Are
84 Steven Wilson Routine
85 King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man
86 Discipline Rogue
87 Marillion Blind Curve
88 Genesis The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
89 Marillion Ocean Cloud
90 Van Der Graaf Generator Man-erg
91 Magic Pie Trick Of The Mind (Circus Of Life Pt 4)
92 Pink Floyd Us And Them
93 The Who Love Reign O’er Me
94 Frost Snowman
95 Steve Hackett Corycian Fire
96 Iona Matthew The Man
97 Bruford Sahara Of Snow
98 Arena Solomon
99 Kansas The Pinnacle
100 Pink Floyd Welcome To The Machine

Edition 046 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!

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Playlist:

PreHistoric Animals – Burn the Ground (from Burn the Ground)
The Tirith – Song of All Ages (from Tales From the Tower)
Airbag – Killer (from Disconnected)
Tilt – Bloodline (from Hinterland)
Transatlantic – We All Need Some Light (from SMPTe)
Tom Slatter – The Beast of the Air (from Ironbark 2016 expanded edition)
Nosound – Wherever You Are (from Afterthoughts)
Frost* – Black Light Machine (from Milliontown)

The Eighties at 8: 
The Police – Invisible Sun (from Ghost in the Machine)
Tears For Fears – Woman in Chains (from The Seeds of Love)

Cosmograf – Plastic Men (from The Unreasonable Silence)
Riversea – The Fallen (from Out of An Ancient World)
Subsignal – A Myth Written on Water (from The Beacons of Somewhere)
Muse – Sing for Absolution (from Absolution)