KISSING IS A CRIME is the brainchild of Brooklyn songwriter Matthew Molnar. After a youth spent crossing bridges and tunnels from New Jersey to attend and perform punk shows on NYC grounds, Molnar relocated to Brooklyn in the mid 2000's where he became quickly ingrained in the fertile DIY scene and co-founded bands like Soft Black, Friends, and Pagan Rituals. While playing in other bands however, over the course of many years Molnar slowly accumulated notebook scraps and 4 track cassette recordings so that he could one day use them for his future ideal band.
Molnar set out to gather band members who shared a mutual involvement in the DIY Brooklyn music community, and first recruited Liz Hogg after watching her perform at Shea Stadium with her own ensemble, Beach Arabs. The Brooklyn born, and classically trained Hogg's Tom Verlaine, meets John Frusciante guitar work provided the ideal foil for Molnar's visceral lyrics. Molnar soon began to hang out at 285 Kent with downtown Manhattan native Beatrice Rothbaum and recruited her to play bass after discovering their shared love of riot grrrl and tacky ‘80s pop. The line up is completed by Brooklyn native, drummer Devan Davies-Wood, who spent his High School years playing in bands and growing up in an ever changing Bushwick.
With a timeless,emotive sound that can be appreciated by both the avid rare 7” collector and the casual Spotify playlist listener, Kissing Is A Crime are set to release Crown Royal, their debut EP, on October 14. Recorded at Rearhouse by Jarvis Tavenier (of the band Woods), the 3-song collection showcases the band’s meticulous approach to crafting emotional and memorable pop songs, which can be heard especially in title track “Crown Royal,” a hooky sugar rush about adolescent infatuation.