Release Date: Jun 24, 2014
Record label: Elektra
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
Kitten's 2014 full-length, self-titled debut album showcases the infectious Los Angeles outfit's brand of driving '80s influenced dance and synth pop. Centered around the rambunctious, full-throated frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, Kitten have been making the club rounds since forming in 2009. However, Chaidez (only 18 at the time of this release), has been making music since she was ten years old.
Kitten is a Los Angeles-based band that is basically one big revolving door – band members have come and gone and come and gone again. Trying to keep track is a little like trying to keep the various lineups of Guided by Voices straight. However, like GbV, Kitten is really a vehicle for its front-person, in this case that would be 19-year-old Chloe Chaidez.
This L.A. act's debut LP sounds great when 19-year-old singer Chloe Chaidez is delivering huge, dramatic hooks over New Wave-styled jams like the breathless opener, "Like a Stranger." It falters when the band indulges in out-of-nowhere rap verses or misplaced filtered vocals. When they get it right, it's not hard to imagine Kitten playing to a screaming arena, as with the fuzzed-out highlight "Kill the Light" – but way too many of these songs try way too hard to be noticed, from the endless "Cathedral" to the banal, awkward "Sex Drive." If Kitten want another shot at stardom, they'll need to apply their teen angst with a little more focus.