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Label: Columbia

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Adult Alternative

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  • 1I've Got the Fire04:32
  • 2You're Not Alone04:28
  • 3Somebody's Gotta Do It03:53
  • 4Ecstasy04:10
  • 5Still Around04:17
  • 6Superhuman04:11
  • 7Placebo04:01
  • 8Breaking the Silence04:34
  • 9Waging War04:16
  • 10One More Time04:04
  • 11Heart of Stone04:30
  • 12Wild Wind (Bonus)03:48
  • 13No Time to Wonder (Bonus)04:28
  • Total Runtime55:12

Info for Ecstasy

Be honest: What do terms such as “rock ‘n’ roll“ or “rock musician” generally call to mind? Surely for most of us, it is the image of a slightly spent male in his mid-fifties, covered with tattoos and living in Los Angeles with an attitude towards the music business that suggests he handles the girls and the alcohol while his management deals with the entire rest. This image has one crucial fault: Real rock ‘n’ roll is no stereotype designed in the 80s, rather timeless and most of all, a way of life.

A proof for this are, believe it or not, five musicians of only half the age of said stereotype who live about 9.500 miles away from Los Angeles. KISSIN’ DYNAMITE from southern Germany have already been around for eleven years and will release their new studio album “Ecstasy” this summer.

It is a pure homage to the aforementioned way of life called rock ‘n’ roll. Pure, meaning no-frills or undiluted, “Ecstasy” distils that feeling you only encounter if you, like the fivesome from Swabia, keep touring for several months throughout Europe, Japan and Ukraine, where you, in dearth of any alternative, sleep at airports or backstage in clubs, confronted with the real life of rock musicians apart from rosy L.A. dreamland. “You need neither reinvent the wheel nor convey multiple messages with your songs,” says drummer and main lyricist Andreas Schnitzer. “Catchy good-time hooks and enjoyable tunes full of passion – that’s our thing and the reason for the foundation of the group,” adds primary songwriter Hannes Braun.

Saying the quintet goes back to the roots with their new full-length might seem paradoxical, yet it’s simply true. In the course of their career, which started with a major deal and a European tour alongside U.D.O., leading them around half the world, they have seen and experienced more than some folks in their late fifties. Despite countless setbacks, their dedication to music has never waned, on the contrary: it has just become stronger through a whole book of curious, funny, outrageous and incredible stories. In short: These stories characterise the new record “Ecstasy” in their original form and are indeed being compiled into a book, written by Andreas Schnitzer.

At the same time, the album, which continues on the umpolished, energetic path the band initially treaded, opens a new chapter. Produced by singer Hannes Braun, it is a return to major label glory through its release via Sony Columbia/Metalblade. For the first time after multiple headlining tours, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE will again travel around as special guests in autumn, namely for POWERWOLF, who are currently breaking all records of success.

KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are an absolute exception within Germany’s musical landscape and in some way the much-quoted breath of fresh air that’s often sadly missing.

Hannes Braun, vocals
Ande Braun, guitar
Jim Müller, guitar
Steffen Haile, bass
Andi Schnitzer, drums

Kissin' Dynamite
The fact that KISSIN’ DYNAMITE don’t do things by halves should be known in the meantime all over the place. After national and international success with STEEL OF SWABIA (2008), ADDICTED TO METAL (2010), MONEY, SEX & POWER (2012) and recently MEGALOMANIA (2014), the young rockband from Baden-Württemberg comes back with their 5th studio album GENERATION GOODBYE in summer 2016.

Times of revolution
„GENERATION GOODBYE symbolically represents a feeling of longing, breakup and a new start, which frequently is thematized in the 11 new songs“, Ande Braun, guitarist of the band, expresses. „And yet it’s actually no concept album“, adds his brother Hannes, singer & songwriter of the quintet.

The songs would be as honest and genuine as never before. The reason for this would be disengagements and changes in terms of business as well as private aspects of every single one. Thus the band parted with their management in 2014 and since then organized themselves completely self-sufficient.

Furthermore, no external producer was obligated anymore. Instead, one relied on the distinct sound concept of the band, which singer and songwriter Hannes Braun simultaniously put into action as producer on the mixing desk. „We had this vision of keeping full control this time in terms of the sound we exactly wanted. Thereby, we had the freedom to deliver the truest, most authentic and most genuine album for us, totally without any pressure or compulsion from outside.“ he remembers. Steffen Haile, bassist of the group, adds: „In the meantime, we cede a minimum of work and so do more and more by ourselves. We think, the more comes from ourselves, the better the end product gets.“ Hence the members spread tasks as songwriting, PR, merchandise, social media etc. internally.

„Of course I use writing lyrics in order to process certain incidents out of my private life, where just recently quite a bit has happened“, reflects lyricist Andi Schnitzer about the lyrics!

In times of social changes
Also current events of politics and economy would have influenced the songwriting. „We live in a time of constant accessibility, where everyone needs to know everything at any time. The wrong things are taken for too important. That’s not healthy anymore. Like this, the people get unsecure, blind and shy.“ attests Andi Schnitzer. „Because of the fact that in terms of these things we look into the future with quite several worries, GENERATION GOODBYE can also be seen as an act of liberation in a way. We are the generation that can achieve something. Our generation is able to see what goes wrong and so we call for turning one’s back on this progress consciously.“

Generation smartphone
In practice, this could already begin with banalities. It would be already a start to spend an evening with good friends or to go on a concert – but without taking along the mobile phone. You consciously would have to decide for not being reachable for the whole world, at least for a few hours. Like this, you wouldn’t run the risk of getting the feeling of possibly missing something. „Instead, I have the possibility to enjoy the Here and the Now, the moment as it is, for me and others.“ tells Ande Braun.

Solidarity & endurance
The fast pace that our time entails also doesn’t stop when it comes to music. The evidence was recently provided by the biggest record companies of this time. Artist identities are created overnight which are supposed to disappear from the screen the next day in order to clear the way for their replacements. „In this way we’re subjected to a loss of value that we want to beard with our music.“ guitarist Jim Müller thinks. „We’re sure the reason of our success is our endurance and our team spirit as a band.“ And the fact that the band plays music together since their school days, you notice with every tone.

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