3 Kisses – Cardboard Cutouts

3 Kisses

Prolific, energetic, brash. These are just a few words to describe the punk act known as 3 Kisses.

Frontwoman Tish Meeks began the project in January 2004 in Austin, Texas, but the outfit is now based out of Wasilla, Alaska. 3 Kisses has released eight studio albums with the most recent being Cardboard Cutouts, released last year. The act has toured nationally playing to crowds of up to 35,000.

Aim High from Cardboard Cutouts begins with the band sounding a bit more 80s metal than punk; the meticulous guitar riff in the intro soars with highs and the drums give off a thunderous pound. The verse ends this brief metal jam with palm mutes and power chords, well known techniques of many punk guitarists. Meeks has been compared to Joan Jett in the past and it’s easy to see why as she sings with a bold confidence in her voice. “I never lose sight, I won’t lay low ‘cause I aim high,” she croons.

Quite a few songs from 3 Kisses seem to be about relationships, a previous review from the Houston Music News posted on the band’s website confirms this by noting that the album Lethal Love Addiction is “undoubtedly a concept album” on the subject of relationships. Master of No One from the newest album is no exception. “Push comes to shove, you’re not worthy of my love,” Meeks declares during the chorus. Even though the lyrics point to ill-fated love, Meeks doesn’t sound the least bit bitter. This is a high-energy party punk tune like much of music in the band’s catalog.

Love is a Grave is an aggressive track. The party vibe heard on other tracks is largely replaced with a more traditional, hardcore punk sound. The guitar sounds a bit harsher and you can hear anger in Meeks’ voice as opposed to the optimistic yet rebellious tone she usually displays. The bridge is what stands out most on this track: at the beginning the rhythm changes to a slow but heavy groove and a megaphone effect is used on the vocals. This section is topped of with a grandiose guitar solo.

This music is not my cup of tea, although it is uplifting and I can see how it can be inspiring, particularly to young female musicians. If you’re rarely in a partying mood, this wouldn’t be your cup of tea either. It’s not pop punk, or even hardcore punk. This is party punk.

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