ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Kitten Forever

Review by Paige Hermansen

Kitten Forever – Pressure (Guilt Ridden Pop, 2013)

No, it’s not the return of riot grrrl. No, it’s not a nostalgic nod to Bratmobile or Bikini Kill. Much to the dismay of critics who are eager to pigeonhole Minneapolis-based trio Kitten Forever’s second full-length album, Pressure (Guilt Ridden Pop) is a different beast entirely: it’s a fuzzy, frantic, and minimalistic punk masterpiece. Band members Liz Elton, Corrie Harrigan, and Laura Larson have been at this together for a while, and they’ve polished their sound beautifully on this album: stripped down to bass, drums, and hand claps, these thirteen songs are the essence of efficiency, many of them clocking in at under forty seconds in length. “I got nothing to lose/You’ve got nothing to lose/We’ve got nothing to lose,” they chant together on the album’s opening track. That’s what’s so great aboutPressure; though many of the songs focus on how much it can suck to be a woman in a punk band, Kitten Forever sure sound like they’re having fun doing it.

photo courtesy of switchbladecomb.com

 

Check out their bandcamp page to preview tracks from their sophomore album— Pressurehttp://kittenforever.bandcamp.com

Check out their music video for "Famous Friends" here: http://youtu.be/np5c4IBYLIk

 

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