Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Kitten/Silent Lions

When: Wed., July 2, 8 p.m. 2014

Kitten’s Chloe Chaidez can still recall her first live performance. “It was with this band in my hometown,” she recalls in a phone interview from her Los Angeles home. “I was playing with the band I had a long time ago. We were on the stage and covering Mott The Hopple. We played three times that weekend. I was around 10. The first day I was terrified. After that, I was never scared to go on stage.” Formed in 2010, Kitten self-released its first EP Sunday School that same year. A second and third EP followed. This month, the band issued its full-length debut. The self-titled album draws from British New Wave and punk rock and nicely balances synthesizers with organic instrumentation as singer Chloe Chaidez yelps and croons like a modern-day Siouxsie Sioux. “[I like] lots of British bands. I love New Order and everything,” she says. “In the ‘90s, there was more the cock rock scene here in the US. In the UK, they were still behaving like rock stars. I love Pulp and Blur and The Stone Roses. I love all that. You can’t always hear that stuff. I love Roxy Music. They’re probably my favorite. I tried to emulate a lot of their vibe and sound on this record. It’s really difficult. I love solo Bryan Ferry. It’s a hard thing to recreate or even rip-off. It’s too hard to do it authentically.” Kitten recently finished a nationwide tour with The Neighbourhood and has previously opened for No Doubt, Charli XCX, Garbage, The Joy Formidable and Paramore. The production on the new album suggests the band has taken things to a new level as the music doesn’t sound too synthesizer driven. “When we’re working with guitars, we want them to sound like keyboards,” says Chaidez. “It’s hard to know what is what. It’s exciting to have a guitar sound that meshes so nicely with the synthesizers but not really be a synth. I enjoyed that process. To be honest, when we recorded the album it was a big fight. When I heard the guitars in the mix, I would get in extreme fights with [manager/producer] Chad [Anderson] about how they sounded. I’m happy they’re there, but I would be worried that I was making a traditional rock record.” This is the group’s first headlining tour. (Niesel)

Price: $12

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