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Kix Announce First Studio Album In 19 Years

April 16, 2014

Kix in 1991

Kix, the Hagerstown band who ruled the Baltimore hard rock scene in the ‘80s and scored national hits like “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” has announced that it will release a new studio album on July 22, though Loud & Proud Records. The band last released new music on 1995’s $how Bu$ine$$ and broke up soon after, although they reunited to play frequent live shows over a decade ago.

I spoke to Kix frontman Steve Whiteman for City Paper in 2012, shortly after the release of the Live In Baltimore CD/DVD, and he noted that the band had written five songs and was mulling over the possibility of a new album. “There could be a new Kix album in the pipeline, if it turns out as good as we want. We’re not gonna put it out just to put it out,” he said, noting that the only member of Kix’s classic lineup who does not play in its current incarnation, bassist Donnie Purcell, wrote many of their greatest hits. “We feel that it’s gotta live up to the music of the past, and not having our original songwriter in the band anymore, it’s gonna be a task.”

Evidently, Kix came up with a set of songs they’re proud of, and we’ll find out how they stack up to the old classics in July when the album, for which a title has not yet been announced, is released. The set was produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with the band on 1991’s Hot Wire, which features the live favorite and local radio staple “Girl Money.” The independent label releasing the album, Loud & Proud, was founded in2007 and has a roster than includes Starship and the String Cheese Incident. In the meantime, Kix are set to play the opening night of the M3 Rock Festival next Friday, April 25th, at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

  • josher71

    “Released to absolutely zero acclaim”

  • Sean Tully

    2014 to Kixx – you don’t need to waste money on a full album of songs that nobody is going to buy (or download illegally for that matter). Figure out the best three or four songs and put them out individually on iTunes, Amazon, etc.