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Kittie

[kit-ee]

Kittie is a Canadian all-female metal band from London, Ontario. The band rose to success in 1999 when the track "Brackish" from their debut album Spit became a hit single. The band also supported Slipknot during the early 2000s on Slipknot's UK tour, heightening the band's popularity.

History

Origin of the name

The name "Kittie", explained by Morgan Lander:

''When we were thinking of names to call the band before our first show, we had decided that we wanted something completely contradictory to what the band and the sound of the band was. I think we chose Kittie because we wanted something totally unexpected, something that sounded weak, so that when you heard the band for the first time, it would be a total shock. I think there were a few other pussy sounding names... Like Swan or Swansong (which is what I remember really wanting to call the band)...But Kittie was chosen, and the rest is history. 1

1996–2004

Kittie was formed in 1996, when Mercedes Lander and Fallon Bowman met in an extracurricular gymnastics class. The lead singer and guitarist, Morgan Lander, is Mercedes' sister. Their original bassist was Tanya Candler, who eventually left the band in the winter of 1999 to finish high school. She was replaced with Talena Atfield.

In 2001, Fallon Bowman left Kittie without citing her reasons and eventually started a new project called Amphibious Assault. Fallon's position as guitarist was later filled by Jeff Phillips who worked as Kittie's guitar technician. He now plays guitar for Thine Eyes Bleed.

In 2002 Talena Atfield left and was replaced on bass guitar by Jennifer Arroyo. In 2004 the group added a fourth member, the second guitarist Lisa Marx, and Jeff Phillips went to work full-time on his side project, Thine Eyes Bleed.

In 2004 Kittie released the album Until the End.

2005–2007

Until March 2005, Kittie were signed to Artemis Records but parted ways due to "a proposed amendment to the recording budget for the pending fourth Kittie album." Problems between the group and record label had been rumoured for a long time. In March 2004, Artemis and Kittie came to an out of court settlement over unpaid royalties and 11 breaches of contract on Artemis' behalf.

On March 23, 2005, Morgan Lander made a post indicating that both Lisa Marx and Jennifer Arroyo had left the band. 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; 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.

In 2005 Kittie added two new members: Tara McLeod, on guitar, and Trish Doan, on bass who were the first official members since the original line up of Tanya, Fallon, Morgan and Mercedes. 2005 also brought the debut of Morgan and Mercedes’ 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.

In May 2006 Kittie announced a joint venture to create their own record label, "Kiss of Infamy Records" which will include major label distribution by EMI. The label name was later changed to X of Infamy from the previously announced Kiss of Infamy after receiving 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 mark was "confusingly similar" to their client's mark. Their fourth studio album is entitled Funeral for Yesterday and was released on February 20, 2007 through their new label.

Along with the release of Funeral for Yesterday it was announced by Morgan Lander that Kittie would be releasing a new 45 minute DVD along with the CD.

Kittie kicked off 2007 with the "Funeral for Yesterday Tour" running from the beginning of February until the end of March. Other bands on the bill include Walls of Jericho, 36 Crazyfists, Dead To Fall, and In This Moment. The positive feedback and success of the tour encouraged Kittie to extend their tour into May 2007 with Walls of Jericho and In This Moment.

In November 2007 Kittie headed south to play shows in Central and South America, including dates in Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil. For these shows in Central/South America, Ivy Vujic of the Canadian band In The Wake filled in for Trish Doan on bass. Numerous videos of these shows can be found on YouTube.com. and a full video on www.woozyfly.com/kittie

2008

On March 4 2008 Kittie announced the departure of bassist Trish Doan due to an eating disorder Doan had been diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia, which she developed during the recording of "Funeral For Yesterday". Doan had battled the disease for nearly two years. Soon after, Ivy Vujic was announced as the new bass player and has since shown up in interviews, promotional photos, and tours.

On August 2 2008 David Lander, father of band members Morgan and Mercedes and the band's manager, died of a heart attack.

Between October 18 2008 and November 8 2008, Kittie embark on their first European tour in six years. The "Kittie Does Europe" tour includes dates in the Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austia and Switzerland.

Line-up

1996–1999

1999–2001

2001–2002

2002–2004

2004–2005

2005–2008

2008–present

Discography

Albums

Date of release Title Label U.S Billboard peak U.S. sales
1999 Spit Artemis Records #79 723,986 + (Gold) another 250,473 albums sold in Europe UK etc.
2001 Oracle Artemis Records #57 237,168 + another 157,643 sold in Europe, Uk etc
2004 Until the End Artemis Records #105 82,000 + another 52,290 sold in Europe,uk etc.
2007 Funeral for Yesterday X of Infamy Records #101 42,000 + another 36,000 sold in Europe UK etc.

EPs

Date of release Title Label U.S Billboard peak U.S. sales
1999 Kittie EP Self-released N/A N/A
2000 Paperdoll Artemis Records N/A N/A
2002 Safe Artemis Records N/A N/A
2006 Never Again Rock Ridge Music N/A N/A

Singles

Year Title Chart peak positions Album
U.S.
Main.

UK
2000 "Brackish" 46 Spit
"Charlotte" 60
2001 "What I Always Wanted" Oracle
"Run Like Hell"
2004 "Into the Darkness" 116
Until the End
2007 "Funeral for Yesterday" 40 Funeral for Yesterday
"Breathe"

Demos

  • Sex Iz Hell Demo (1998)
  • Kittie Sampler Demo (1998)
  • Spit Sampler (1999)
  • Spit Demo (1999)

External links

References

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