Formed by guitarist/vocalist/frontman Marc Pattini, the indie pop three-piece of Kisswhistle was taken up as a college hobby upon their Penn State beginnings in 1996. But after dropping out of school in 1997, the band became a full-time responsibility with Pattini being accompanied by John Lancia (drums) and Pat "Marshall" Cary (bass). The trio debuted with two EPs that year, one being a split with A Screenwriters Build on No Mauritania Imprint, while the other being the self-released Melvis and the Clownboy 7". Following a number of shows in their native Pittsburgh, a brief tour, as well as several critical comparisons to Cub and Bunnygrunt, Lil' Red Wagon Records contributed to Kisswhistle's first self-titled full-length in 1999.
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