Kittie

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Kittie
Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Years active 1996–present
Labels E1, X of Infamy, Artemis, Ng
Associated acts Night of the Demons, Amphibious Assault, The Dear & Departed, Scars of Tomorrow, Winds of Plague, Spine, Still Unbroken, Suicide City, Thine Eyes Bleed
Website www.kittierocks.com
Members Morgan Lander
Mercedes Lander
Tara McLeod
Trish Doan
Past members Tanya Candler
Fallon Bowman
Talena Atfield
Lisa Marx
Jennifer Arroyo
Ivana "Ivy" Vujic

Kittie is an all-female Canadian metal band formed in London, Ontario in 1996. Kittie rose to fame in 1999 following the release of the single "Brackish" from their gold-rated debut album Spit. Kittie's biggest selling album was 1999's "Spit" which sold 1,250,000 copies worldwide. Their 2001 sophomore follow up "Oracle" sold over 225,000 units in the US and 100,000 units internationally. 2004's "Until The End" sold over 75,000 units in the US. 2009's "In The Black" sold 15,000 units in the US. The bands E.P's sold moderately well without any major promotion. 2000's "Paperdoll" sold 100,000 units in the US, and 2002's "Safe" sold 25,000 units. The bands combined album sales in Canada have reached upwards of 60,000 units by 2012. The band had a string of MTV2, MTV and Fuse Network music video hits which included, "Brackish", "Charlotte", "What I Always Wanted", "Into The Darkness", "Cut Throat", "Sorrow I Know" and "Empires (Part II)". American Active Rock radio hits (all which charted within the Top 50 of the Radio & Records Active Rock chart) include "Brackish", "Charlotte", "What I Always Wanted", "Into The Darkness" and their biggest US hit single "Funeral For Yesterday". As of 2014 the band are temporarily on hiatus (although they have ideas and some demo's), focusing on a 20th anniversary book and documentary set to be released in 2016, as well as pursuing other careers as a source of income. The band have released statements on their Facebook page confirming the desire to tour as soon as possible, although nothing is set in stone yet.

Kittie became one of the last DIY bands that emerged from the underground and become international Pop Stars almost overnight. Their debut album was released during a time when the old model of the music industry began to decline and die out. The band always embraced new ways of promoting and distributing music. Although the band is somewhat historically lumped into the late 90s/early 2000's "Nu Metal" scene, they proved they were worth their salt by continually touring and becoming better musicians with the release of every album. The band managed to evolve and stay vital with every new line up. They are considered to be one of the most important Female Metal bands in history and especially for the Y generation. [1]

History[edit]

1996–2004[edit]

Kittie was formed in 1996, when drummer Mercedes Lander and guitarist Fallon Bowman met in an extracurricular gymnastics class.  Mercedes' sister Morgan Lander became lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist.  Tanya Candler completed the lineup on bass.  This lineup released the album Spit.  Candler left the band in the winter of 1999 to finish high school and Talena Atfield was selected as the new bassist.[2]

Their debut album and supporting tour earned Kittie coverage in Metal Edge, whose readers voted Morgan Lander for "Female Performer of the Year" and Spit for "Home Video of the Year" in the magazine's 2000 Readers' Choice Awards.  The band was also voted "New Band of the Year", "Who's Going to be the Next Big Thing", and "Most Underrated Band", earning them a total of five Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards that year.[3]

In 2001, Fallon Bowman left Kittie without publicly citing reasons.  The album Oracle was recorded with Morgan Lander as the sole guitarist.  Fallon's position as guitarist was filled by Jeff Phillips who worked as Kittie's guitar technician.  In 2002, Talena Atfield left and was replaced on bass by Jennifer Arroyo.  In 2004, the group added guitarist Lisa Marx, and Jeff Phillips went to work full-time on his side project, Thine Eyes Bleed.[2] In 2004, Kittie released the album Until the End.[2]

2005–2007[edit]

Until March 2005, Kittie were signed to Artemis Records but parted ways with the label due to "a proposed amendment to the recording budget for the pending fourth Kittie album." Problems between the group and record label had been long speculated. In March 2004, Artemis and Kittie came to an out of court settlement over unpaid royalties and eleven breaches of contract by Artemis.[4]

On March 23, 2005, Morgan Lander reported that both Lisa Marx and Jennifer Arroyo had left the band.[5] Jennifer Arroyo's split was amicable while Lisa Marx's came as a surprise. As with Talena Atfield's departure from the band, financial reasons were cited;[citation needed] and in the case of Jennifer Arroyo, the desire to work outside of Kittie full-time was an additional factor. Jennifer Arroyo would go on to join Billy Graziadei of Biohazard to form Suicide City.[2]

In 2005 Kittie added two new members: Tara McLeod on guitar and Trish Doan on bass, who were described as the first "official" band members other than the Lander sisters and early members Atfield and Bowman. 2005 also brought the debut of Morgan and Mercedes Lander’s clothing line, Poisoned Black clothing. Morgan and Mercedes also appeared briefly in the documentaries Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and Heavy Metal - Louder than Life. On February 7, 2006, Kittie released the Never Again EP through Rock Ridge Music. Also in 2006, vocalist Morgan Lander provided vocals on the song "It Turns to Rust", from the album In the Arms of Devastation, by the Canadian death metal band Kataklysm.[6]

In June 2006 Kittie announced a Blunt venture to create their own record label, Kiss of Infamy Records, with major label distribution by EMI. The label name was later changed to X of Infamy after a cease-and-desist letter from attorneys representing Kiss Catalog Ltd. (the owner of the intellectual property rights pertaining to the musical group Kiss) alleging that the Kiss of Infamy trademark was "confusingly similar" to their client's trademark. The band's fourth studio album Funeral for Yesterday was released on February 20, 2007 through their new label. Along with the release of Funeral for Yesterday, Morgan Lander announced that Kittie would release a 45 minute-DVD with the CD.[7]

In February 2007, Kittie toured as part of the Funeral for Yesterday Tour alongside Walls of Jericho, 36 Crazyfists, Dead To Fall, and In This Moment.[8] In November 2007, Kittie toured Central and South America, including dates in Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil. During these dates, Ivy Vujic of In The Wake filled in on bass for Trish Doan.

2008–2010[edit]

On March 4, 2008, Kittie announced the departure of Trish Doan due to the eating disorder anorexia, which she developed during the recording of Funeral for Yesterday.[9] Doan had battled the disorder for nearly two years. Soon after, Ivy Vujic officially became the new bass player. On August 2, 2008, David Lander, father of band members Morgan and Mercedes and the band's manager, died of a heart attack.[10] Between October 18, 2008 and November 8, 2008, Kittie completed their first European tour in six years. The tour included dates in the Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.[11]

On 26 June 2009, Kittie announced that they had signed to the E1 Music label. A new album, titled In the Black, was released on September 15, 2009. Videos were shot for two singles, "Cut Throat" and "Sorrow I Know". "Cut Throat" premiered on MTV 2's Headbangers Ball on September 5, 2009 and on the Canadian show Much Loud on 20 September 2009. "Cut Throat" was also featured on the Saw VI Soundtrack released on October 20, 2009.[12] On September 16, 2009, an announcement was made that German label Massacre Records would distribute In the Black in Europe.[13]

In January 2010, Kittie returned to Europe to promote the album In the Black. Supporting bands on the tour included It Dies Today and Malefice. This tour included dates in Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In a January 27, 2010 interview, Morgan Lander revealed that the band was in talks to film a video for the track "Die My Darling".[14] In March 2010, Kittie embarked on another North American tour with God Forbid, Periphery and Gwen Stacy as support. From May through June 2010, Kittie took part in the Happy Daze tour headlined by Insane Clown Posse and featuring Coolio, Kottonmouth Kings and Necro.[15]

Kittie participated in the 2010 Thrash and Burn tour through July and August which also Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, Evergreen Terrace, Stick to Your Guns, Chelsea Grin, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Impending Doom, Periphery and Greeley Estates.[16]

Kittie was the opening act for Devildriver's North American tour.[17]

2011–2013[edit]

On April 11, 2011, Kittie announced they were heading into the studio to record their sixth album. The album, titled I've Failed You, was released on August 30, 2011. Two videos were released for the songs "We Are The Lamb" and "Empires (Part 2)".[18] In 2011 Mercedes Lander joined the all girl power pop band The Alcohollys featuring Ex Kittie bassist Tanya Candler On February 13, 2012, Kittie announced that Ivy Vuijic was resigning from the band and that Trish Doan would be returning.[19] In September 2012, Kittie released a compilation called Not So... Safe.[20]

2014-present[edit]

Starting in early 2014 Kittie started posting on their Facebook about a secret project that was in the works. On March 8 Kittie started posting photos on their Facebook and instagram of past and present members all together in the same room with a camera. On March 28, 2014 Kittie dropped a largely successful indiegogo campaign [21] celebrating the impending 20th anniversary of the band with a DVD documentary featuring past and present members and a tell all book. Kittie Reached their goal of $20,000 in 8 hours. Kittie have slated David Brodsky from "My Good Eye Productions" to direct the documentary and Mark Eglinton to help pen the Tell all biography. The campaign closed on April 28, 2014, with a total amount of $40,525 raised, the 203% of the initial goal.[22]

Style[edit]

Kittie originally began as a nu metal band.[23][24][25] They abandoned that style[citation needed] later and moved to a style considered and having elements[not in citation given] from genres like extreme metal,[20] death metal,[26][27][28][29] and alternative metal.[30][31]

The band cite bands like Metallica, Pantera, Carcass, At the Gates, Acid Bath, Van Halen and Testament as their influences.[32]

Band members[edit]

1996–1999
1999–2001
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitar
  • Mercedes Lander – drums
  • Fallon Bowman – guitar, backing vocals
  • Talena Atfield – bass guitar
2001–2002
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitars, piano
  • Mercedes Lander – drums
  • Talena Atfield – bass guitar
2002–2004
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitars
  • Mercedes Lander – drums
  • Jennifer Arroyo – bass guitar
  • Jeff Phillips – guitar (session member)
2004–2005
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitar
  • Mercedes Lander – drums
  • Jennifer Arroyo – bass guitar
  • Lisa Marx – live guitar
2005–2007
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitar
  • Mercedes Lander – drums, vocals, piano
  • Tara McLeod – guitar
  • Trish Doan – bass guitar
2007–2012
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitar
  • Mercedes Lander – drums, vocals, piano
  • Tara McLeod – guitar
  • Ivana "Ivy" Vujic Jenkins – bass guitar
2012-
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitar
  • Mercedes Lander – drums, vocals, piano
  • Tara McLeod – guitar
  • Trish Doan – bass guitar
Current members
Former members
Session and touring members

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Kittie discography.
Studio albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.yamaha.com/artists/kittie.html
  2. ^ a b c d "Kittie". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Metal Edge, June 2001
  4. ^ "Kittie, Artemis Settle Differences". Billboard. 
  5. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Kataklysm - "In the Arms of Devastation"". Metal Underground. 
  7. ^ "www.mercedeslander.net". www.mercedeslander.net. Retrieved 2009-04-26. [dead link]
  8. ^ KITTIE: Trailer For 'Funeral For Yesterday' Companion DVD Available - Dec. 13, 2006 - Blabbermouth
  9. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - KITTIE Parts Ways With Bassist TRISH DOAN". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  10. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - KITTIE's Manager Reportedly Dies Of Heart Attack". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
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  13. ^ "Official Kittie Site". Kittierocks.com. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  14. ^ "Metalholic Magazine". metalholic.com. 
  15. ^ Kittie Post 'Happy Daze' Webisode - Ryan Minic
  16. ^ "Thrash and Burn Tour Dates With Kittie, Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris". Noisecreep. June 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Kittie announces dates with Devildriver". blabbermouth.net. 
  18. ^ "Kittie To Head Into Studio Next Week". Blabbermouth.net. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kittie Part Ways with Bassist Ivy Vujic, Reenlist Trish Doan". exclaim.ca. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  20. ^ a b "Kittie: 'Not So... Safe' – CD Review". Gregory Burkart. September 14, 2012. 
  21. ^ http://igg.me/at/kittie/x/6088650
  22. ^ "Kittie anniversary campaign ends at twice the goal". Metaladies.com. April 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ Udo, Tommy (2002). Brave Nu World. Sanctuary Publishing. pp. 139–149, 242. ISBN 1-86074-415-X. 
  24. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "Warrior Souls". Revolver, April 2007. [2], retrieved 2013-03-4.
  25. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Thine Eyes Bleed biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  26. ^ "Kittie - Into the Black". Allmusic. 
  27. ^ "Until the End by Kittie". ARTISTdirect. 
  28. ^ "Album Review: Kittie, "Funeral for Yesterday" (X of Infamy/Merovingian Music)". Paul Gargano. March 13, 2007. 
  29. ^ "Oracle - Kittie". Allmusic. 
  30. ^ "Kittie Posts New Music Video, "We Are The Lamb" Online". Metal Underground. August 30, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Upcoming Album Details - Kittie". Metal Storm. Oct 25, 2006. 
  32. ^ "Interview with Kittie vocalist & guitarist Morgan Lander". Bruce Moore. November 20, 2009. 

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