You Don’t Know Coyote Kisses: An Interview
The college students from Washington and Lee and New College of Florida, respectively, made their debut in February 2012 with their first EP that featured the aptly-named title track of “Acid Wolfpack” and “Galactic Love Song.” The pair is also known for their covers and remixed hits, including Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” (Street cred: CRJ commissionedCoyote Kisses’ version as the official remix, and the duo has won remix competitions for Mad Decent and OWSLA — which are Diplo’s and Skrillex’s labels, respectively.)
The newest album comprises four tracks: “Diving at Night,” “Stay With You,” “This Is How You Know” and “Changing Guard.” From the band’s name to the dream-like quality of Thundercolor, the duo sets itself apart from other “anger-driven” electronic music, and this was no accident.
We have the exclusive on these up-and-comers. SNEAK PEEK: These southerners have upheld their identities within a music genre that, at initial glance, may repel them.
NSK: How did Coyote Kisses come to be?
CK: It started as a VERY different monster. Both Joe and I were seniors in high school when we started playing music together. I played keyboards, and Joe played guitar. We tried forming a sort of lo-fi punk band, but that fell through pretty quickly. Joe and I kept playing together though, off and on. Eventually we went for electro/synth pop using my keyboards and garage band. We would record vocals and be generally embarrassing to our friends. At one point we decided we were going to try our hand at hard electronic dance music. We bought ourselves a copy of Ableton and never looked back.