Posted by: Necci – Jun 20, 2012
It's too hot out today for me to do much thinking so I'm going to keep this short. Kitten are a Los Angeles-based indie pop group with an incredible way with synth-based 80s New Wave-style hooks. "Cut It Out," the title track from the new EP they'll be putting out on Atlantic at the end of August, is a knockout punch of a song. It reminds me of Grimes and Siouxsie And The Banshees at the same time, with 17-year-old singer Chloe Chaidez's powerful voice sitting much closer to the Siouxsie end of the spectrum. The chorus is unforgettable, and seems to adapt to all moods, with its simultaneous evocation of introspection and joyful celebration. The video is a classic coming-of-age tale that looks like a period piece from the 80s but could be happening anytime in the past 30 years, in which teenaged boy meets teenaged girl at a totally decadent-looking underground punk party, and we see the first seeds of teen love blossom. Or something like that. If you ever wanted to see a John Hughes movie that was as punk as Suburbia, you'll dig this video a lot. Personally, I'm digging everything about Kitten. If you feel the same way, you can grab a free download of "Cut It Out" and its B-side, "Sugar," right HERE, and keep an eye out for the Cut It Out EP when it drops in two months. If the rest of its songs are half as good as the title track, it'll be an instant classic.
By Andrew Necci