Volume 93, Issue 66
Thursday, January 27, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Kittie wild and untamable
Gazette file photo
JAIL BAIT, THY NAME IS KITTY. London's Kittie bring their curious brand of progressive metal in an opening stint for Slipknot at the Drink tonight.
By Shawn Despres
Most teenagers spend their summers hanging around their houses and flipping burgers. The girls in Kittie are preparing for one of the best summers of their lives, touring the United States with Ozzy Osbourne.
Guitarist Fallon Bowman doesn't even try to hide her excitement when discussing the addition of her band to this year's Ozzfest. "Oh my God, we're going to get to meet Ozzy," Fallon shrieks. "I'll probably just end up standing there and won't have any idea of what to say."
Not that it will really matter though, as Osbourne has a reputation for being difficult to decipher. "He can be a little incoherent at times," Fallon concedes. "He'll probably be like 'hrmmph.'"
Even Ozzy himself would have something to say about the success of this London band. In less than a year the four girls, aged 15 to 17, have signed a deal with American label Ng Records and have received worldwide distribution through Sony International.
"We first met up with Ng Records last March at Canadian Music Week," she says. "We had sent them our demo a year before and they just threw it out. But their vice-president caught our show and really liked it. Three months later we signed a deal with them."
Ng Records released the band's debut CD, Spit, in the U.S. on Jan 11. In its first week, the album sold 9,000 copies and charted at number 147 on the Billboard 200. A domestic release is scheduled in the next couple of weeks.
With major labels continuing to pump out kiddie pop galore, one has to wonder if Kittie ever worries about being dismissed as a novelty act?
"Not at all," Fallon assures. "A lot of people are going to have preconceived ideas, but we know in our hearts that we're for real. We practised in our basement for three hours a day, so we know that we aren't some kind of novelty eye candy thing."
After the band released their independent cassette SexizHell in 1998, they were described by critics as "c*nt rock." Fallon says that this title no longer applies to their music. "I don't know if we are necessarily that anymore," she says laughingly. "We're just straight up progressive metal."
Although the references to the female anatomy are gone, Kittie still hopes to provide a feminine touch to the metal stage. "The whole scene is generally male-dominated so this is our take on what we think is heavy, in-your-face aggression. It would be awesome if girls saw us and started bands," she contines. "There should be more chicks then guys and girls could finally be equal in metal."
After a North American support stint with Slipknot, Kittie are set to embark on another run, this time with Sevendust. After that they head to Europe for a promotional tour before Ozzfest hits in May. When the tour finishes, the girls are hoping for a well-deserved break.
"All of this can definitely be a little overwhelming at times. Things can get a little nuts but so far we've been having a lot of fun, so it's all good."
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