Kittie comes to West Virginia
Band Photo: Kittie (?)
I had the opportunity to check out Kittie at the Huntington Music Hall (aka Monkey Bar) on April 4th. The place was packed too, especially for a Tuesday night, about three hundred people rocking out. Unfortunately I arrived late to the show, very late. Though I did manage to catch the last five and a half songs of Kittie’s set.
Kittie is headlining a tour in celebration of their digital EP, Never Again, on Rock Ridge Music. The EP is more of a primer than a major release. It is only three songs of new material; Never Again, Breathe, and This Too Shall Pass. They are also officially breaking in the two new members of band; Trish Doan on bass and Tara McLeod on guitar, both of whom have not toured with Kittie as a headlining act.
The two new girls really tore it up, never missing a beat playing classic Kittie tunes; you could tell they’ve spent some serious time getting to know the material. Tara threw out some kickass guitar solos, which would have made any guys’ balls drop. And Trish was just thumping away on the bass while head banging. As always sisters Morgan and Mercedes kicked ass on stage, they seemed very comfortable in front of the audience, like their in a room full of bothers and sisters.
Though Kittie’s stage presence has changed, this is due primarily to having two new members in the band. Plus Morgan has dyed her hair blonde, which is very striking after seeing her jet black on the band’s last tour. As the front woman of the band this simple change makes a huge difference. Having some blonde belt out demonic bat screeches is not at all what the stereotype implies. It is the look of the band as a whole which has also become cohesive, the young attractive women, more fitting to the band name, they look cute and cuddly. Until they start playing their instruments, at which point you may want to take a step back from the rabid animals on stage.
The last song of the set was Never Again, the title track from their digital EP. I was blown away by this song, the music and the energy which drove them was incredible. I am really looking forward to a full release from these ladies, hopefully later this year. More songs as rough and flat out heavy as Never Again will for sure bring them new fans and break some of the doubters who believe people with vaginas can’t make heavy metal music.
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