Kitten Got L.A. Drunk On Joy With A Little “Pink Champagne” Review+Photos: Kitten @ The Lodge Room 6/11/18
HIGHLAND PARK, CA- Ever since I saw Kitten rock the Mohawk in Austin during SXSW on a whim, I knew that I had to see them perform again. There was so much life in the performance that I caught, and a lot of that has do to with the electricity generated by their the petit front-woman, Chloe Chaidez, whose performance was larger than life, dancing across the stage and leaping through their air off tall monitors.
Their most recent album, the EP Pink Champagne, was released on June 1st, and the band toured across the U.S. throughout the month of June to give their fans a a little taste of their sonic beverage, and I was able to catch their performance at the The Lodge Room in Los Angeles on June 11, 2018.
Their performance was as good as I remembered it to be, if not better. Chloe was the same kinetic fireball that she was when I saw her in Austin, and that could have been enough to keep me entertained throughout the performance. But performing on a smaller, more intimate stage with better lighting, really gave me the chance to note and appreciate the interconnectedness of all the member in the band. I absolutely loved the way Blu DeTiger (bass) and Parker Silzer IV (guitar) jammed with each other, and the way their faces lit up with smiles during songs when the rock just rolled perfectly.
Performing songs form their new EP, older songs form their repertoire and even a cover of The Cranberries’ Dreams, it was a solid evening of music that had everyone in the crowd getting down to the vibe that Kitten delivered.
But their performance aside, I want to talk a little about their 4 song EP. If you are a fan of fun, new wave sonics circa 80s with a modern twist, you really can’t go wrong with Pink Champagne. The synth laden recordings, each with veritably catchy melodies, whether slow or upbeat, are bolstered by Chloe’s powerfully passionate vocal stylings.
The lead cut off the album, “Pink Champagne”, is my personal favorite. It’s hook is seriously anthemic. When Chloe sings “You’re never gonna get that far alone, sippin’ on that pink champagne alone. You’re gonna need to learn to walk again. You’re never gonna get that far alone”, I just want to throw my fist into the air and pump it to the beat. And their slow jam “Abigail”? Well, it made me reminisce about slow dancing with girls I had a crushed on in middle school.
When music evokes those types of visceral feelings, it’s a good thing. If Pink Champagne is a precursor of what’s to come, I can’t wait to get another drink.