10-12 House TBC
11-12   Cul du sac   Tilburg
12-12   House   Utrecht
13-12   House   Enschede
17-12   Pakhuis Wilhelmina   Amsterdam
18-12   Johnny Mauser   Lüdenscheid (D)
19-12   Winter Welvaart festival   Groningen
20-12   “Live in the Living”   Eindhoven

This Utrecht-based band suprises with a coherent sound that takes us to that typical post-rock feel. A prominent rhythm-section, pointy and slightly melancholic guitars and a singer who oozes boyish charms and does not shy away from tormented howls. The production is more than OK. It is of high quality, but without the artificial feel of all kinds of productionial tricks that a lot of releases from bigger acts suffer from. It feels like the band is playing right in front of you, with a special role for the very sonor bass-sound. With 'Hiatus', Kismet delivered a very strong album; an original piece of art that stands out because of strong compositions, a real melodic feel and a sincere sound. Kismet is a real addition for the Dutch alternative musicscene and will become an impuls for the flourishing underground indie-scene with a bit of luck.

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Kismet operates in the same vein of The Get Up Kids' spiritful record 'Something To Write Home About'. It does not take much effort to hear Dismemberment Plan and Fireside influences in these nine songs, either. But alas, those are three great bands that work - for quite a while now, to my dislike - very slow-paced or not at all anymore. Moreover, such a melting pot still results in an original work. For that matter, I welcome Kismet's "Hiatus" with open arms, as these lads from Utrecht are not inferior to aforementioned bands at all.

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This band is tight and knows how to accentuate well. On some occassions it resembles the panic music of The Mars Volta, even more so when the singer goes all-out. Contrary to Omar Alfredo Rodriguez-Lopez and his band, the pace is somewhat slower. But that's okay. The structure of the songs stands out more, the listening sessions are less exhausting and it certainly is accessible for a large audience.

The individual bandmembers play very well. Sections segue nicely into one another and the overall playing is tight. Especially the drummer is very creative. His specific style combined with the wall of sound from the bassplayer gives the album its very own sound. Add the good production, crystal-clear vocals from the singer, melodic guitarparts and you have a formula that is bound to be succesfull.

Kismet is good and now that the debutalbum is out, it goes without a doubt that many doors will open for these talented lads from Utrecht.

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Kismet delivered a strong and original debutalbum with 'Hiatus'. Throughout the whole record you hear this nice melancholy, the feeling that something is lost but can still be gained. The catchy choruses stick with you even after only one listen. Immediately the songs are stuck in your head but without getting cliche at any point. Even after multiple listens Kismet still captivates. Put more boldly, the album grows with each play en pours into your system as the blue rain on the cover. This is certainly true for songs as 'We Are All So Busy', 'Holiday' and 'Phnom Penh 1974' that could instantly become high-rotation on Kink FM. With this debut, Kismet will place itself prominently in the Dutch music scene. Which is both well-deserved and inevitable.

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The quintet clearly put an effort into this LP. Having recorded with Menno Bakker in the famous Bunt Studios in Utrecht, Kismet now presents a very mature indierecord that can easily compete in the higher regions of the genre. Nine tracks that sound influenced by The Get Up Kids, Thursday and Minus The Bear, with guitarparts that sometimes have the same intensity as Hot Snakes. The songs seem poppy at first, but actually they have a lot more depth. Therefore it will take some time before you'll "get" Hiatus, but once it happens you realize that although there are plenty or even too many of this kind of bands in Holland, very few are as good as Kismet.

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'Back to the nineties' has become a phrase that brings back haunting mental pictures of mega-raves full of carnavalesque party-animals that are moaning about shitty music which is exactly the same as in 1998. Records like 'Hiatus' by the Utrecht-based band Kismet offer a whole other kind of musical trip to the nineties. One to the glory days of emo and indierock. A time when bands such as Get Up Kids, Koufax, Hey Mercedes, Joshua, Chamberlain, and Appleseed cast where at their best. Kismet plays a bunch of great indiepop-rock tunes that would be fitting for Doghouse Records or Vagrant. Beautiful melodies, now and again punchy riffs, strongly developed rocksongs that are delivered with nice nuances and to top it off a very good voice. Strong material!

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The audience is in for a treat the next 40 minutes. The energetic songs are presented with a lot of fun and all laughs, but even the heavier songs or parts are delivered to the audience on a wave of excitement. Halfway through the concert the bandmembers leave the stage when vocalist/guitarist Temy Phem starts playing the song 'Phnom Penh 1974'. An emotional piece for the singer as the tears are in his eyes, although it never weakens the performance. The set ends with the final albumtrack. With 'Same Story, Different Name' the strong show is ended; the band has proven to be ready for their plans to conquer Europe.

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The relatively unknown band Kismet replaced The Walt in Cul de Sac last Thursdaynight. Which was not bad, as Kismet managed to let the audience completely forget about The Walt. With its short, tight set Kismet really impressed.

Kismet start off heavy, with a sound that at first resembles postrockbands such as Mogwai. The band is sonically strong, with two guitars providing punchy rifs and now and then a wall of distortion, and a keyboardplayer who provides ... from the background. As time goes by, The Cure shines through more and more and 'the song' turns out to be the core element of the music by these Utrecht-based gents. The vocals are the most impressive. Even though the band is well-rehearsed and the rhythmsection is really tight, in a semi-acoustic song singer Temy Phem shows that he can captivate the Cul with his crystal clear voice without using a microphone.

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