The Lounge Kittens
The Lounge Kittens
|Origin||Southampton, England, UK|
|Genres||Lounge music, parody, comedy rock|
The Lounge Kittens are an English comedy lounge band formed in Southampton in 2012. They perform covers of classic popular songs, in particular rock and heavy metal songs, in a lounge style focusing on vocal harmonies accompagned by a piano. The trio consists of vocalists Jenny Deacon, Timia Gwendoline, and Zan Lawther, sometimes called Red Kitten, Blue Kitten, and Pink Kitten respectively because of the colour of their hair, with Deacon also performing piano.
Their songs are released via their YouTube channel and accompanied by tongue-in-cheek videos which take token ideas from the original artists' videos. They released their debut EP Just The Tip... in 2015 and their first full-length album Sequins & C-Bombs the following year.
Deacon and Gwendoline met in 2012 at a production of Company at the University of Southampton, owing their meeting to the fact that they were both wearing the same black, white, and silver glitter socks. Deacon runs a Rock Choir in Southampton where she and Gwendoline met Lawther. During a night out at Southampton's iconic rock club The Dungeon, the idea for The Lounge Kittens was born out of singing along to Vengaboys song "We Like to Party (The Vengabus)".
The Lounge Kittens sing in three-part harmony and credit Richard Cheese and The Andrews Sisters as their influences; 'Imagine if Richard Cheese seduced all three of the Andrews Sisters...and each had a little Lounge Baby. The Lounge Kittens would be the scandalous by product of that sordid affair'. Their first demo recordings, made in early February 2014, were an eclectic trio of musical styles: "Firework" by Katy Perry, "Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit, and "Ob La Di Ob La Da" by The Beatles. Their repertoire boasts over 40 songs, including songs by The Prodigy, House of Pain, Elton John, Rammstein, and Iron Maiden. and they cite their musical tastes cover Rock, Jazz, Punk, Psychobilly, Ragga, Hip Hop, Folk, Ska, Pop, Soul, Metal, Dance, House, Grunge, and others.
Music and Videos
On 26 February 2014 the Lounge Kittens posted a video to YouTube of their cover version of Limp Bizkit's "Rollin'". On 28 February they sent a tweet to Fred Durst, the Limp Bizkit frontman, with a link to their video. Four hours later Durst replied 'loving it' and promptly posted the video on his band's Facebook page. Following the endorsement from Durst, The Lounge Kittens video went viral and subsequently had appearances on Kerrang!'s and Metal Hammer's Facebook pages. Within a week the video had nearly 75,000 views.
Following on from the success of "Rollin'", The Lounge Kittens worked on increasing their repertoire. Deacon had the idea to arrange an Aerosmith song in a tango style. Deacon says 'I was imagining the kind of naughty, sexy, but totally clueless image we could make through a tango... The tango is about power, so I naturally turned to rock love songs'. In June 2014 the video to the song "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was released.
Later in 2014 The Lounge Kittens released their own version of Slipknot's "Duality". The video's release coincided with the release of Slipknot's fifth album and UK tour. Gwendoline says 'The Lounge Kittens as a band are all about duality', referring to their combination of lounge music and rock/metal songs. The slapstick comedy chases in the video compliment the polka rhythms in Deacon's piano. 'Slipknot's Duality has got such a frantic energy about it' says Deacon, 'especially when you accompany the video alongside it – with super dark angst and dirty rhythm, and I really wanted to convey the same atmosphere but still take it away from its origins. The first two Lounge Kittens videos had received some criticism from fans of the original songs, but the backlash from Slipknot fans on their interpretation of "Duality" was unforeseen. In an interview for TeamRock Radio Gwendoline mentions that while the criticism for the first two videos had been fairly tame and laughable, the criticism for "Duality" had been vulgar. She adds 'However, for every one bad comment there are three good comments'.
In December 2014 The Lounge Kittens released their version of Andrew W.K.'s "Party Hard" as a downloadable single. Rather than sing a Christmas song Gwendoline says the focus of the band was on partying at Christmas and dubs "Party Hard" as 'the ultimate party anthem'. The band's aim was to get to Christmas number 2, Lawther saying 'number 2 is more satisfying than number 1'.
Following a huge demand from fans, The Lounge Kittens released the EP Just The Tip... on 26 February 2015. This coincided with the release of their cover of Steel Panther's "Gloryhole" the following day and the start of their Fluffing For Steel Panther tour. The release features all of the songs they had previously released videos for, with the exception of "SeanAPaul Medley" whose video came after the EP's release. Deacon said their song choice was 'to show the true variety of our musical passions, genre tastes, naughtiness and vocal range'.
Upon their return from tour with Steel Panther, the Lounge Kittens released the sixth and final song from their album; "SeanAPaul Medley". This is an arrangement of seven songs by Sean Paul; "Temperature", "Get Busy", "Like Glue", "Got 2 Luv U", "Hold My Hand", "She Doesn’t Mind", and "Ever Blazin'".
On 16 September 2016 the released the crowd funded album titled Sequins & C-Bombs which comprises 15 new tracks including Bounce which was the feature of a promotional video release and Facebook Live event which occurred at St Pancras Station in London on 15 September 2015.
The success of "Rollin'" led The Lounge Kittens to making several appearances in 2014 at Sonisphere and Glastonbury festivals. At Sonisphere The Lounge Kittens drew in a large crowd to their shows on the Satellite Stage and Rocky Royalty area. After seeing their performance, Fred Durst invited The Lounge Kittens to open Limp Bizkit's show on the main stage, singing a part of their own rendition of "Rollin'". At Glastonbury festival The Lounge Kittens performed six shows at five venues in just two days.
Just The Tip... (2015)
|Track||Title||Original Artist||Video Release Date|
|1||Party Hard||Andrew W.K.||3 December 2014|
|2||Duality||Slipknot||17 October 2014|
|4||Get Busy Blazin', Hold My Temperature Like Glue||Sean Paul||8 April 2015|
|4||Rollin'||Limp Bizkit||26 February 2014|
|5||I Don't Want to Miss a Thing||Aerosmith||2 June 2014|
|6||Gloryhole||Steel Panther||27 February 2015|
Sequins & C-Bombs (2016)
|Track||Title||Original Artist||Video Release Date|
|1||Poison||Alice Cooper||16 August 2016|
|2||Bounce||System Of A Down||15 September 2016|
|3||Yeah||Usher||19 April 2017|
|4||Jump Around||House Of Pain||Not yet released|
|5||Love Is Only a Feeling||The Darkness||16 December 2016|
|6||Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap||AC/DC||16 June 2016|
|7||Africa||Toto||26 July 2016|
|8||Smack My Firestarter to Outer Space||The Prodigy||Not yet released|
|9||Bodies||Drowning Pool||Not yet released|
|10||Want You Bad||Offspring||Not yet released|
|11||Changes||David Bowie||Not yet released|
|12||Sad But True||Metallica||Not yet released|
|13||Rammers (Medley)||Rammstein||Not yet released|
|14||The Cave||Mumford & Sons||Not yet released|
|15||"The Beautiful People"||Marilyn Manson||16 October 2016|
"Party Hard" - 14 December 2014
- "The Lounge Kittens - About". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- "Live Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth Saturday 05/07/2014". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "Sonisphere - 13 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About The Lounge Kittens". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "The Punk Archive June 2014 - Interview: The Lounge Kittens". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "Southampton Music April 2014". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "How To Make A Song Go Viral". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens - Setlist". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "Fred Durst responds to The Lounge Kittens". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- "Limp Bizkit post The Lounge Kitten's video to their Facebook page". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Rollin' video gets 75,000 views". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Tackle Aerosmith in Hilarious New Video". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "Slipknot's Duality reworked by The Lounge Kittens". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Cover Slipknot's 'Duality'". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens on TeamRock Radio". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Get Christmassy With Andrew W.K." Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Cover Steel Panther's Gloryhole". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Release Sean Paul Medley Video". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Glastonbury 2014 Line-up". Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Sonisphere 2014 Line-up". Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Post Sonisphere Video Diary". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens Unveil Headline Tour Dates". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens are Fluffing for Steel Panther". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "The Lounge Kittens are Added To Steel Panter's UK Tour". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- "Steel Panther with support act The Lounge Kittens - All You Can Eat Tour 2015 - European Leg". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Download 2015 Line-up". Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "8 Reasons You Must Buy The New Look Kerrang! Magazine". Retrieved 29 May 2015.