March 8, 2021 – Berlin-based industrial rock artist KANDINSKY NOIR is paying tribute to Per Gessle with their cover of the song, „KIX.“ The song was originally written by Per Gessle (ROXETTE´s Frontman) in 1997 for his first solo Album The World According to Gessle.
For fans of: Die Krupps, Zeromancer & Das Ich
„Why did I choose this mostly unknown song as cover? The main reason is related to my past: When I was younger, here was MTV, radio stations and cassettes. And the first international music I had access to through the latter were Roxette. Roxette opened my mind even regarding foreign languages and I started learning English through their lyrics. The original version of „Kix“ contains all the features of a typical 90ies power pop song: a syncopated drum machine loop, a harmonica theme, a tambourine and a tremolo electric guitar. However, I wanted to give the song an industrial twist, in order to enhance the darker side of the lyrics.
It is one of the few productions by Per Gessle and Roxette in general that detaches itself from the usual way the topic of love is treated. The lyrics are in some way raw, rough, merciless in the depiction of a state of things I have experienced here in Berlin. This city represents a constant search for new kicks in order to escape the insignificance of existence.“
– Anti Austyrøl (KANDINSKY NOIR)
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KANDINSKY NOIR is a solo cross-genre project from Berlin born at the end of 2020 during this time of lockdown. After 17 years without actively playing and composing, I considered this period of universal stillness as the best occasion to start again, trying to condense experiences and memories of this last decade in some songs. The name for this solo project derives from a sleeve tattoo I got on my arm reproducing a painting by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, mostly known for his colourful abstract works. While the reproduction on my arm is completely in black. I found the juxtaposition between the name of the artist and a colour that is not typical for his works interesting, as it creates a sort of short-circuit of signification.
My main influences are Type O Negative, Die Krupps, Zeromancer, Fear Factory, Das Ich, Lord of the Lost, Jacques Brel and the Berlin Techno scene sounds that I have breathed in during the last decade. I would define the genre I play as industrial / synth rock, even if my very first release Miss Hauntology was more reminiscent of the 80ies Hair Metal with a touch of synths and my second release DOM-J had more of an EBM / Industrial atmosphere. The common trait among my releases is the stress of dissonances and according to the inspiration odd time signatures.