Formed in Kingston, Ontario by Evan Khodeir (lead guitar), Sam Skolrood (vocals), Cory Scholtz (rhythm guitar), Kelby Gutz (bass), and Misko McGregor (drums), Kiss the Fish’s energetic and exciting show has quickly become one you can’t miss.
Their smooth beats, heavy basslines, and nasty guitar solos are accentuated by a mellow rhythm guitar and the flare of a trumpet, bringing their sound to the forefront of indie rock. KTF’s diverse sound features modern manifestations of old-school blues, classic rock and roll progression, and alternative rock. Their subject matter is no derailment from their sonic diversity; from acid trips, to making a quick dollar, Kiss the Fish’s setlist will leave you head-banging and reminiscent of a rebellious past, all the while leaving you excited for the future of rock.
‘An irreverent rock act drenched in virtuoso blues solos, Kiss the Fish’s creativity earned them a spot at the table, according to singer Sam Skolrood.‘“It takes a second for them to respect student bands. You almost have to prove you’re trying to be more than a couple guys playing covers,” Skolrood said.’ - NICK PEARSE, Visit Kingston
They followed up their 2018 debut EP with another, Mile High Club, recorded at Jukasa Studios in May 2019 with Juno Award winning engineers Darren Magierowski (The Sheepdogs, Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire) and Jill Zimmermann (July Talk, Single Mothers, Three Days Grace). The response to their latest release was widespread and positive, with their lead single “Never Street” amassing 175K+ streams on spotify and Apple Music, and being added to over 2.5K playlists since its debut. This momentum was picked up by local radio stations and beyond, such as “Never Street”’s feature as 91X’s (Belleville) indie song of the day, and TR1 Radio’s Ross Morgan Show (UK) to name a few.
“We talked to Evan Khodeir earlier this week, ‘In my mind, with Never Street -- it is really a one of a kind feeling. I just want to chase that feeling more really. I just want to keep making more music that makes me feel happy, makes people happy.’ - LINDSAY HARREN, 91X FM.
Later this year, Kiss the Fish will be following up the success of their last release with a highly anticipated upcoming single. They’ll be heading on the road, playing larger venues throughout Southern Ontario than before.