Twist & Shout Presents
Jack Name, Kissing Party
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Jackson, Mississippi native Dent May grew up singing in local church groups, acting in school plays, and performing at nursing home gigs with a recorder choir. In high school, he wrote synthy powerpop with his band The Rockwells while recording erotically charged novelty tracks with friends on the side. After three unsuccessful semesters at NYU's film school, May moved to North Mississippi where he helped found the Cats Purring arts collective and formed a countryrock band called Cowboy Maloney's Electric City. In late 2007, inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, he began performing as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele and released a digital E.P. of cheeky lofi tunes, A Brush With Velvet. The title is a reference to The Partridge Family, episodes of which May obsessively collected and organized on VHS tapes as a teen. His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was recorded with Rusty Santos in May's home, a doublewide trailer in Taylor, Mississippi (population: 300). He continues to perform with Cowboy Maloney's Electric City, and recently began recording dance music under the moniker Dent Sweat.
Jack Name is John Webster John, touring guitarist for White Fence. And though this is a new moniker, John has been dishing out excellent psych-pop for quite a while now. “Pure Terror” is the first single off his upcoming debut album under the moniker and is an appropriately heady torch song
Kissing Party has perfected what pop music should be: infectious two-minute songs that stick in the mind like glue. They are known for their jangly guitars, raucous live shows, and nearly perfect blend of boy/girl vocals.
Kissing Party arrived on the Denver scene with their first official release, Rediscover Lovers. The album drew high praise and earned them 3rd best album in the Denver Post for 2007. National press began to take notice with release of their second album, The Hate Album. Kissing Party was featured in Filter magazine, Three Imaginary Girls, and topped many college radio stations' lists for best album. Over the past couple of years, Kissing Party has spent the majority of their time touring in support of "The Hate Album" which has taken them cross country, from Boston to Seattle. The band finally took a break this year and went into the studio to record their most promising release to date, "Wasters Wall."
"Kissing Party has nearly perfected what it was already doing best: making straight ahead, two-minute pop songs."
-The Onion AV Club
"Without question, you will be hooked once you hear them."
"Kissing Party makes me want to dance and drink and dance some more."
-My Backpages ( Twist & Shout Records )