They have opened for No Doubt at the Gibson Amphitheater, toured with Paramore, and performed at a women’s prison. And they are all under 21.
In just a few short years, LA band KITTEN has accomplished some pretty cool things. Opening for No Doubt, for one, was an unexpected but exciting accomplishment for the band. “Just to play at that size of a venue (The Gibson) and with a band with that kind of legacy is pretty cool,” said Chloe, the lead singer, who is still in her senior year of high school. “For me at least, I am a No Doubt fan,” added Bryan (keyboards). “They are a band I listened to a lot growing up, and to meet them and find out they are just regular people, as cliché as that sounds, it was really cool.”
The band also recently performed at a women’s prison, definitely something a lot of bands can’t say they’ve done before.
“The women’s prison probably takes the cake [as the most unique venue we have performed at],” said Bryan. “People were dancing and it went as well as it could have gone, better than our expectations.” “[It] was almost beautiful. I almost cried,” added Chloe. “I didn’t think that would happen. I was like, it’ll be cool, but they were just so genuinely into it and so excited, like, they got up and were dancing and we talked to them. All of them were people who normally would never listen to our music, I am pretty sure. They just loved it.”
KITTEN’s music, a mix of synth rock, electronic and instrumental harmonies, plus Chloe’s captivating vocals, induce a maturity that tends to comes from bands much older. And although Chloe’s still young, her musical influences range from classic rock to the ‘80s, not too typical of most girls her age.
“My dad was in an East LA punk band when he was younger so he played me a lot of punk music and a lot of classic rock,” said Chloe, “and when I got to be about 13, 14, I started to branch off and I listened to a lot of more electronic, ‘80s music that he didn’t really like. I was also a gymnast and I would have to drive an hour to my practice and we would listen to CMJ CDs, so that was cool.”
KITTEN released their first EP “Sunday School” when Chloe was just 15. Their polished rock sound, with hints of the 80s, caught the attention of local bars, venues and record labels. Currently, KITTEN is signed to Elektra Records, which includes major artists like Ed Sheeran, Cee Lo Green and more.
KITTEN has gained hometown fame over the years, playing shows at LA bars and venues, like a successful residency at The Bootleg last year. Yet with all of the members under 21, playing at bars can be frustrating.
“Any club that is not doing all ages shows, I just do not know what they are thinking,” said Bryan. “The clubs do not let us drink or anything, but a bunch of clubs make us wait outside until we play and go back outside after we are done playing. We haven’t really gotten to see the other bands we have played with.” “We are also a fairly tame band. I wish they could see what we are like in the van. We just sit around and read and snack,” said Zach (bass). “Ooh Taco Bell,” added Chloe. “Or when we see rare flavors of Arizona. “Oh, they got Peach Half and Half, oh man!”” joked Bryan.
Their latest EP “Cut it Out” has been gaining praise from countless blogs and magazines, including a feature in NYLON and Interview Magazine, and is receiving airplay on LA stations KROQ and 987 fm. They band also plans to release their debut record soon, with sounds even more grand than on their current EP.
“It is a little bit grander sounding while also being slightly more rhythmic and more beat oriented, but still maintaining that grand, live sound,” said Chloe. “We [also] spent like four hours sometimes just nailing a guitar sound and like six hours recording parts. So there is a lot of hard work put into the guitar parts for the record,” added Waylon. “I think the grooves also are, like, really sexy and steamy,” added Chloe. “It’s really a record that I think a lot of people are going to put on and dance and enjoy,” said Bryan.
Even with all of their success, the band remains humble. “For me, in my opinion, my goals are so much higher so it is like, this is just a step on the way to what i want to do, and what I think we are going to do. But at the same time, everything that has happened, I have to stop and be like, ‘Oh wait, I forgot, this was my goal a year ago, or this was my goal when I was five,’” said Chloe. “It is hard to ride that fine line between being really overwhelmed and accepting of what’s happened and what’s happening and still being excited and optimistic about the future and looking for more stuff,” added Lukas (drums). “But everything looks good now and everything continues to look like it will be looking good.”
As for the coming months, KITTEN’s heading out on tour with the Joy Formidable, another tour with Paramore, and has a stop at SXSW in Austin, TX.
Check out their “Cut it Out” EP on iTunes and Spotify. Check out their music videos for the title track, “Cut it Out,” and “G#” below: