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Kisschasy is an Australian rock band formed in Victoriamarker, Australia, in 2002. Since forming, their line-up has consisted of lead vocalist Darren Cordeux, bassist Joel Vanderuit, guitarist Sean Thomas and drummer Karl Ammitzboll.

The band has released two gold certified studio albums, two extended plays, a documentary DVD and a compilation album in their 7 year career, selling in excess of 90,000 records.

Band history

Formation and early releases

Kisschasy was formed in 2002. Three of the four members of the band grew up near the small country town of Balnarringmarker in the Mornington Peninsula of Victoriamarker. Darren Cordeux, the lead singer and guitarist, grew up in Cranbournemarker in Melbournemarker, Victoria. Joel Vanderuit, Sean Thomas and Karl Ammitzboll played in a local band called Tenpin, who achieved a little local success. The formation of Kisschasy happened when Tenpin met Cordeux's band at the Arthouse in Melbourne in early 2002. A few months later Joel called Darren and said he wanted to form a band because he liked Darren's voice.

In 2004, Kisschasy released two EPs on indie label Below Par Records, the first titled Darkside/Stay Awake, the second Cara Sposa. The band toured in support of these EP's right up to the point of recording their first album United Paper People.

United Paper People (2005)

Kisschasy's debut album United Paper People was recorded and produced by Phillip McKellar (Silverchair, Grinspoon) in Sydney during February 2005. The band then flew to Seattlemarker in March of the same year to mix United Paper People with Barrett Jones who had worked with the likes of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters.

The first single from the album was "Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's", which gained heavy rotation on both commercial and alternative radio. The band received "Best breakthrough artist-single" ARIA nomination for "Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's", as well as a Channel V Oz Artist of the Year nomination in 2005. Kisschasy were also nominated for the "Spankin' New Aussie Artist" award at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2006. The singles that followed from the album were "Face Without a Name", and "The Shake". United Paper People has since been certified gold in Australia, selling in excess of 35,000 copies.

Hymns for the Nonbeliever (2007-2008)

In late 2006, Kisschasy went into pre-production for their follow up to United Paper People, titled Hymns for the Nonbeliever. They recruited British producer Chris Sheldon, who had previously worked with acts such as Feeder, Pixies, Biffy Clyro, Therapy?, Anthrax and Foo Fighters, to produce, engineer, and mix. The album was recorded at The Grove Studios in the Central Coast of NSW and Rockinghorse Studios just outside of Byron Baymarker throughout December 2006 and January 2007. The album's first two singles, "Opinions Won't Keep You Warm at Night" and "Spray on Pants", were mixed by Jerry Finn.

Hymns for the Nonbeliever was released on 21 July 2007. Hymns for the Nonbeliever was Kisschasy's second album to be certified gold in Australia. The third single off the album was "Strings and Drums".

In May 2008, EMI released a 16 track Kisschasy compilation album, titled Too B or Not Too B. The album includes acoustic tracks and b-sides, with a bonus DVD of all their music videos from United Paper People and Hymns for the Nonbeliever (excluding "Ugly Birds In a Beautiful Cage" as it was released just after the DVD).

Seizures (2009-present)

Kisschasy's third studio album is Seizures , released in August 2009, was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Powderfinger, The Vines) and is scheduled to be released on 21 August 2009. In June, they launched a new website in conjunction with the album's theme.

The album's first single, "Generation Why", was released to radio airplay and as a digital download on 7 July 2009. The song's music video was released onto YouTube prior to the single on 24 June 2009. It will be released as a CD single on 24 July 2009. The song is said to be about "armchair philosophers who love to complain," according to songwriter Darren Cordeux, who also said, "The title kind of came after the song was written so its not exactly specific to 'my generation' but I do spend the most time with people around my own age so I guess it could be taken that way". The album's second single "Turnaround" was released in September 2009 & the video was shot at the Darlinghurst Community Centre, Sydney.

Kisschasy is undertaking the Seizures tour around Australia in late 2009. The band was voted the Channel V Oz Artist of the Year in 2009.


  • Darren Cordeux - Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
  • Joel Vanderuit - Bass
  • Sean Thomas - Lead guitar
  • Karl Ammitzboll - Drums


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