So, last Friday I had the complete and total pleasure of seeing Kitten Forever play at the Blue Arrow on Waterloo. Kitten Forever is a 3 girl punk rock band from Minneapolis & I feel like it’s sort of a cop-out to borrow from their MySpace page to describe their sound, but the description they have up there is so on, so who cares? I mean, it’s not like I have any journalistic integrity to compromise or anything. So, Kitten Forever sounds like crabby baby cats, later Bratmobile, the Gossip without the southern twang, and Husker Du’s “New Day Rising.” How does that not sound like the best possible combination of things?!
Here are two semi-related (but maybe not really?) things that I really liked about Kitten Forever:
1. The only instruments they use are drums & bass — In many ways, one of the big things that gets me hung up on doing something like “being in a band” or “playing music in public” or even “playing music with other people (or by myself) in the privacy of my own home” is that I get caught up in what I think you “need to have” in order to make music. Even though a lot of the music I enjoy listening to is way simplistic & stripped down when it comes to fancy gear, when I imagine the way I think things should be, I always think of things I don’t have or don’t know how to play. Seeing Kitten Forever play was like taking a crash course in, “Oh hey, real people make music and they make it all the time and they make it with what they’ve got and with who they like” and it was awesome to be reminded of that.
2. Their music simultaneously reminds me of stuff I lived for listening to in middle/high school, without seeming tired — I’ve been seeing this whole whirlwind of “riot grrrl revival” talk on the internet (I am just going to use that blanket term “internet” because when I talk about things like “tumblr” and “the feminist blogosphere” Drew makes fun of me) & while I’m generally opposed to all of the “revolution grrrl style 2010” rhetoric for reasons I won’t get into here, it was really awesome to hear new music that fit in with that canon without sounding played out and insincere.
Kitten Forever’s most recent release is their Magical Realism EP on UF Records. They also have an album, a single, and a cassette that you can order directly through them (see their MySpace page for ordering info.)
Kitten Forever is just one of many out of town bands that the Blue Arrow is hosting. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend coming out tomorrow to see Hop Along & Lithuania! The show should start around 7.