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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Talking Girl Metal from Kittie's Morgan Lander

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Kittie plays Peabody's ( (2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999) Thursday, March 22. Check out this week's Scene for a story about the Canadian grrrls, who were one of the most promising bands to emerge from the nu-metal movement. They're touring behind their fourth album, and it's been quite a ride. After two increasingly lackluster follow-ups to 2000's classic Spit, they're finally hitting their stride again. Singer Morgan Lander looks back at the band's four LPs: On Spit (2000), which rules: "The people that signed us saw the potential for something that could be great. And I think now, with our new album, that we've sort of reached that potential. Spit was like the seed being cast." On Oracle (2001), which is the band doing a Pantera-thing, which any four dumb dudes can do: "It was the album that had to be done. It was heavier, faster, more screaming — it was sort of our time to prove that we weren't gimmicks, that we weren't what a lot of critics wrote us off as, that we were a real metal band, and we wrote a real metal album." On Until the End (2004), which sucked: "It's [the sound of] a band that's starting to understand the balance between heavy and light, and to unite it. It's also a representation of band that is in a lot of trouble, and isn't happy with their situation, and is falling apart." On Funeral for Yesterday (2007), which is pretty good: "We're women. We have aggression and power and anger, but we're also feminine. But for a long time, those elements were separate. We were able to sit and write and revise and really take the opportunity to redefine who we were as a band. It was therapeutic for us. It didn't seem like there was a future for the band, so [drummer-sister] Mercedes and I just wrote what we felt. And we were able to do some outside-the-box thinking in terms of songs. This album, to us, we felt like this was our last chance. Now feels like the beginning — that's the whole idea surrounding this album." If you like girl metal, Walls of Jericho is on the bill, and they're pretty good, too. — D.X. Ferris

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