Leaving Camera Obscura and San Diego behind, Russell White and Michelle Maskovich joined bassist Jesse Johnson (Johnny Angel) in Minneapolis to form Champagne Kiss. Unlike the sweet sounding name, Champagne Kiss prefers a sound more jarring and dissonant. And unlike the more traditional -- relatively speaking -- Camera Obscura, Champagne Kiss blends lots of sampling, keyboards, and electronica with guitar, bass, and drums. They've even been seen playing with a drum set that includes a trash can and lid. The band's self-titled debut appeared on Troubleman Unlimitedin 2000.
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