With all the curve balls and lineup changes that have been thrown at Kittie over the years, you could tell that this is their strongest lineup to date with every member having something unique to offer and finding a way to bring it together on stage. Morgan effortlessly switches between clean vocals and a sassy growl, while sister and drummer Mercedes Lander provides deeper guttural backup vocals while retaining her rank as undisputed queen of the double-kick (all while on a sparkly pink drum kit with black hearts, I might add). Tara McLeod in her fifth year with Kittie brings a whole new dynamic to the band, providing blistering solos and even adding her own twists to Kittie’s back catalogue with a shredding solo on the end of “Pussy Sugar” from Until the End. Easily one of the best lead guitarist I’ve seen in a while. Kittie’s newest member, bassist Ivy Vujic is unstoppable. With her long brown locks, this girl can do the windmill like nobody’s business! It’s something you have to see to believe. Vujic holds a strong command on her bass while adding to the overall stage presence of the band.
Kittie played most songs off In the black while mixing in some old favorites. The audience erupted to the opening bars of “What I Always Wanted.” They ended off the night with “Forgive and Forget.” After all these years, they still manage to put on an energetic mosh-worthy live show and proved that this cat still has all nine lives with claws out.
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All photos courtesy of Zofia Waliczek.