August 6, 2013

LP: Kitten Forever - Pressure

Kitten Forever's latest album sounds like a group of blood-thirsty
 cheerleaders who's latest cheer is being lead by Poly Styrene.

You’re invited to a slumber party! Remember to come sporting your cutest PJs, prepare yourself to devour a pizza just like the one featured in that petrifying musical number in that episode of You’re Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s, and gag over gruesome guys while we all have a listening party; because, hey, one of the best Riot Grrrl releases of 2013 is out!

Kitten Forever are a drums and bass three-piece based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and are made up of three girls: Corrie Harrigan, Laura Larson, and Liz Elton. On their Tumblr page they list three things that they love:dancing, kissing, and you”, and if that bio within itself doesn’t hold enough premise for your likings, then their latest release will win your heart. They have been around since the Summer of 2009, so they already have a collection of tapes, 7”s and demos for you to sort through virtually via their bandcamp page. Their latest release, Pressure, was let loose into the Internet world this year in early July, and is short, sweet and bursting with energy. The album is thirteen tracks long with each song rarely exceeding over the two minute mark, and is filled with collections of cute, yet loud-mouthed, repetitive chants saturated in girl power that I wish narrated my inner musings when boys described me as "just a girlback in my high school days. 

Their sound is without a doubt, stirred by traditional Riot Grrrl bands from the third-wave of feminism, particularly by releases like Bikini Kill’s 1993 Peel Sessions and the earliest of Bratmobile’s recordings; the influence from the D.C. duo most clear in the sixth track of the album Blood Song where Elton’s verses cause us listeners to topple back in time to Allison Wolfe’s drawn out vocal ability drenched in cynicism from when Bratmobile first formed. Elton’s vocals often sound like they’re coming from a wide-eyed school girl, and on each track of the album her tones are, more often than not, drowned out by Harrigan’s fast-paced drumming, drawing out the group’s taste for hardcore. The band’s adoration for early punk bands like The Slits and The Nuns ties in with the hardcore influence on the album and drives Harrigan to screech loud enough to obtain power above all else by the time each song is drawn to an end. Their encouragement from the 1970s pioneers of punk gives the album an atypical quality, and due to influences coming from all directions, Kitten Forever’s Pressure has a very distinctive aesthetic; lo-fi and charged with hostile energy whilst reaching an unquestionable level of infectiousness. Just you wait and see, after you listen to this baby a few times through, you will be chanting “I’ve got a third eye / and a baby’s mind / but I don’t wanna see infinitely / when I gotta watch you leavin’ me” right along with them without even realising it. 


Download Kitten Forever’s Pressure on bandcamp. 

Madalyn Trewin, a scrawny Australian teenager, who is feeding her obsession with dogs, David Lynch and Daniel Johnston twenty-four hours a day. If not that, she's writing about things she likes and saturating her friends in glitter so she can take photos of them to post onto her blog.