Thursday, May 6, 2010

KITTEN @ Detroit Bar

KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez
KITTEN performing at Detroit Bar
photo by picksysticks

KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez KITTEN'S Chloe Chaidez
Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN
photograph by picksysticks

Close your eyes and what you hear is a band singing a lifetime’s worth experiences. Picture it. A vulnerable singer, alone onstage singing songs of heartbreak, longing and pain. Now open your eyes and what you see is KITTEN – a five piece band fronted by Chloe Chaidez who sings much older than how she looks.

Already within a year of forming, KITTEN has already received rave reviews and a cult-like following. And after performing at this year’s SXSW, they’ve come back home to an increasing level of buzz surrounding them. What else? According to Buzz Bands LA, KITTEN has already signed to Atlantic Records.

This particular night at the Detroit Bar, The spark-plug of a singer dancing on stage is 15-year-old Chloe Chaidez, feeling every note and beat building up like raw power until it escapes in bouts of nervous energy, Chloe performs to a handful of people who stand towards the back of the room curious to what this 15-year-old has to offer. Maybe poppy love songs or bubble-gum punk. She asks the 14 or so people in the back of the room to walk up towards the stage. There's Silence. It's then that she picks up her guitar, her vulnerable vocals echoing this empty hall to "Don't Kill The Light" that soon is accompanied by her band's dreamy-pop and psychedelic melodies. There's no mistake that by the end of their set, she's added a few more fans to her loyal following.

KITTEN performing "Don't Kill The Light" at Detroit Bar.
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Backed by drummer Max Kuehn, keyboardist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Zach Carper and guitarist Andy Miller, KITTEN's sound has been describes from Blondie to Siouxsie and the Banshees to David Bowie but either way, this band has a wide range of musical knowledge. Check this out! According to ListenBeforeYouBuy:
"Chloe Chaidez has already been around for a few years, even though she’s only 15. By the age of 11 she already had the honor of sharing the stage with an impressive list of her peers. Band of Horses, Midlake and Conor Oberst to name just a few. Yeah, by the time she was ELEVEN! Max and Elvis are the sons of influential punk band “TSOL” founder, Greg Kuehn, and Zach has engineered for Earlimart, Granddaddy, and Tokyo Police Club."
One of the other true gems of KITTEN's music is Max on keys who manages to landscape vibrant arrangements in songs like "No" and "Kitten with a Whip." But they truly shine with Chloe's rustic vocals. There's something truly honest in Chloe's fragile voice that can turn on a dime to confidence as in "Christina," "We Did It Anyway" and "Baby Come Home" but can still be vulnerable and fragile as in "Catholic Boys."

I was lucky enough to be given a 5-track CD at one of their shows. For a fairly new band, if the 5 songs on this CD along with the extra songs you can hear on their Myspace page were put on a full-length CD, I'd totally buy that.

Currently, KITTEN is working on an EP which they will reportedly independently release sometime this June. Tomorrow night (May 7th) you can catch KITTEN play at Casey's Irish Bar in downtown Los Angeles. They also play the Detroit Bar again on June 1st and at The Hammer Museum on July 1st presented by KCRW 89.9 FM and curated by Buzz Bands LA.