Event on 2015-06-06 19:00:00
with Olivver the Kid, Mereki, Fiona Grey
For Chloe Chaidez, frontwoman of the electrifying rock group Kitten, the trajectory from rock fan to rock star began in carpool. Growing up, my dad had to drive an hour and half every day five days a week to take me to gymnastics, she recalls. Chloes father, a drummer from LAs early punk scene, used this time to communicate the important things in life to his young daughter: Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. We listened to lots of classic rock, Chloe recalls. But we also played the new CMJ mixes. This is pre-internet and thats how you learned about new bands, from little CDs that came with cool magazines. Bands like Sigur Rs, Band of Horses. With the August 28th release of Kittens new EP, CUT IT OUT, Chloe hopes to add her own songs to the tracks blasting out of car stereos across the country.By age ten, Chloe had begun playing bass and had formed her own band. By twelve, she was opening for indie artists such as Midlake and Conor Oberst with her blend of hip covers and precocious originals. I probably watched School of Rock 100 times, Chloe says, laughing. That was all I wanted to do.Its not a surprise that Chloe was so naturally drawn to the rebel artists life. Both her mom and dad are creative and the singers older brother, the scholar in the family, also dabbles in music. School is really his thing, Chloe says. Mathematics. But hes also a really natural musician. School was not Chloes thing. I got into a lot of trouble from a very early age, she remembers. Music was all that ever held her attention but within that particular world she is as educated as they come. A consummate rock nerd, she can easefully narrate the creative through-line from My Bloody Valentine to Washed Out, discuss her appreciation of everyone from Cat Power to the Notorious B.I.G.,then pivot to music business speak to dissect Grimes marketability in the mainstream. People always say, oh shes so young but the thing is, I have been doing this for a really long time already, Chloe says. I love it. As clich as it sounds, its my life. Its all I do.While writing songs, recording, and performing live have been a major part of Chloes daily life over the last few years, whats been more of a challenge, she says, is learning how to focus her vision. You can write a song on an acoustic guitar and it can sound any way you want. It doesnt necessarily have a point of view, she explains. But over the last year or two, Ive realized the particular music I wanted to make, what sound I wanted and the point of view that I wanted it to come from.The path to this realization wasnt without its rough patches. Ironically after signing her record deal, at the peak of her first small wave of success, when she should have been the happiest, Chloe nearly lost herself in rock and roll clich. I would drink before and after shows do drugs, Chloe remembers. The real problem was that I couldnt stop myself. It wasnt just about fun. I was frustrated, scared and confused and I wanted to kill those feelings, but I justified it by saying this is the rock and roll life style. Its okay to do this cause so did Iggy Pop, so did Lou Reed. Maybe I would write my own Heroin someday. But the thing is, drugs really do kill your creativity and they can ruin your career. That lifestyle, how I was living it, it lowers you. We almost had to shut the whole thing down. Part of the turnaround of this record is that I looked around and said, Wait a minute. This isnt a joke. This is my life. This is what I care about. What the hell am I doing?Back in LA, away from distractions, Chloe was finally clear-headed enough to truly explore what kind of music she wanted to make. Through songwriting collaborations with her manager and musical mentor, Chad Anderson, the singer started to hone in on her now signature sound. A blend of the ferocious power of late 70s post punk with the sonic textures and rhythms of British new wave, executed with an emotional delicacy all too rare for today.Soon after Chloe started messing around with her computer at home to create music with her brother, the stage was set for Kitten to rise. I felt stuck with the band formats mostly organic instruments so I started making beats with my brother in our bedrooms, she remembers. I found it really liberating. Soon after I started falling in love with 80s new wave, most of it BritishPet Shop Boys, OMD, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, The Eurythmics, American artists like The Motels and till Tuesday, Prince.Liberating is a good descriptor for Kittens EP. A blend of the sophisticated elegance of dream pop with the jagged directness of rock and roll, its a declaration of intent and an auspicious announcement of the arrival of a new force in music. The title track Cut It Out has the sweetness of a delicate pop song underscored by a massive futuristic backbeat. G# is a reverb-drenched reinvention of classic shoegazer rock, slashed through with razor guitars and songs like Sugar showcase Chloes willingness to be intimate and vulnerable even from within these layers of raucous noise.From considered near-ballads to epic walls of sound, the EP showcases the dynamic range of Chloes young band. Guitarist Andy Miller has been with Kitten since the beginning and his subtle, textured playing is responsible for the infusion of keyboard-like sounds and not-so-subtle hooks. Bass player Chris Vogel has made a huge difference in Kittens cohesion as a band the resident gear head in the group he also brings a simplicity and directness that keeps the music grounded while giving Chloe a run for her money onstage.Its almost as if Chloe Chaidez has been in training for close to a decade and is now ready for the major leagues. Shes always had the talent and the belief but now she has the sense of self and identity to back it up. Whats going to make this band different is our live show, says the singer, when asked what truly distinguishes Kitten. I love being onstage more than anything. When you are up there you can do whatever you want. You can be whatever you want. If theres one person in the back of the room not involved, then thats my audience. Ill do whatever I have to do to blow that person away. I want everybody in the audience to remember where they were when they saw Kitten for the first time.
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