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From the new KiTTiE website:

It's called "Career Suicide," and in merely four mind-altering minutes, it mauls every pre-conceived notion we might have about heavy metal. Sure, vocals purge the proceedings like a possessed demon fighting for control, the bottom-end swaggers with a thick groove and bludgeoning blasts, and guitars rally around the musical inferno like stinging lacerations. But what sets "Career Suicide" apart, are the melodies that lace the litany of sound and fury. For Kittie, it's that melody that makes Until The End the culmination of years of blood, sweat and fear, the crowning achievement of a career that has seen sales of nearly one million records - Their debut Spit has been certified Gold in America, selling an additional 100,000 copies overseas, while follow-up Oracle approaches the same plateau, making the London, Ontario-based quartet one of the preeminent forces on the modern metal scene. Their successes not withstanding, Kittie aren't about to rest on their well-deserved laurels.

"This album really defines who we are now, and where we always should have been," says frontwoman Morgan Lander of their third release for Artemis Records. "For me, this really does feel like the first album of the brand new Kittie - As much as the first two albums count, they really don't for me. This is a completely different band, and we're in a completely different place musically. We wouldn't be where we are if those albums didn't happen, but this a new beginning for us...It's all new again."

It's been years since the release of Oracle in November 2001, and a lot has happened to, and around Kittie. And it all left its mark on Until The End. While the band is the brainchild of sisters Morgan and Mercedes Lander, bassist Jennifer Arroyo has solidified her place in the band, while newcomer Lisa Marx, formerly of Seattle's To See You Broken, has officially joined the band as a second guitarist. "I believe that everything happens for a reason, and if we had some of the members that were originally in the band, at this time, we wouldn't have been able to make Until The End," says Morgan. "We had to go through all those emotional ups and downs in order to create music that totally reflects how we feel now. We've all become better players and, individually, we're all different pieces of the puzzle that makes Kittie - You have to have some changes in order to learn and grow…"

Seriously, if we hadn't gone through the member changes, our albums would all sound like Spit," adds Mercedes, the quartet's drummer. "We didn't want that, but you're not going to grow if other people don't want to grow, that's the bottom line."

Kittie have toured with Slipknot, co-headlined the Ozzfest sidestage with Soulfly, shared the stage with Pantera on one of the band's final tours, and have given the world of heavy metal a blinding kick of female fury - They are unrelenting, unleashing a sonic slam of sludge, grudge, doom-laden metal, and molten melodies, a blitzkrieg that they've captured on disc with their latest canon, assaulting the airwaves with deafening precision, and leaving no room for confusion - Kittie are stronger than ever, building on their musical pedigree, and challenging their artistic evolution.

Take lead single "Into The Darkness," a track that kicks off with Lander singing lead in a sweet clean and neat demeanor, her demented growls providing backing depth of head-spinning, haunting proportions. "Single-wise, that was the most difficult song I've ever written, lyrically and vocally," the frontwoman attests, her sister adding, "It's because of the key change - I thought we needed a key change in there, and she wasn't sure she was going to be able to sing that high. We were just experimenting, but after recording it, it turned out a lot better than we thought it would - There are always surprises like that when you record."

"I worked on that song for a few days, and it was definitely a challenge to sing, but I think it made the finished product even better," agrees Morgan. "It definitely turned out a lot better than we expected - It was a bit of departure for us, but it's still everything we're about...By no means are we softening up, the rest of the album proves that!"

Until The End kicks off in a pulverizing fashion with "Looks So Pretty," an ironic opening track that fits the women of Kittie all too well. "It's a pretty serious song!" laughs Morgan. "That was one of the songs that we played on our last American tour before recording the album, as well as in Mexico, and it was nice to have a few songs to take out on the road and see how they develop in front of a live audience. It's a great song to kick off the album and open the show, it really gets people going."

Similarly heady material bubbles to the forefront on "(Pussy) Sugar," despite the light-hearted nature of the song's title. "It's a song about seeing someone you care about go through a dark, unfortunate time, and standing back and seeing that there's absolutely nothing you can do - It's actually a depressing song, but the name '(Pussy) Sugar' made it sound cooler," says Morgan, Mercedes adding: "We actually came up with that name on tour, in November 2003, while we were eating at a Waffle House - We were just thinking of stupid names and funny stuff, because that's what we do, and someone yelled, 'Pussy Sugar!' Morgan was like, 'That's it, new song number one is going to be called 'Pussy Sugar!'"

"I'm sure there are going to be some people that still feel the same about us as they did when we were 15, and they're going to think that the song is about sex, but the title really has nothing to do with the content of the song," Morgan continues. "We always try and have a good time, and we don't necessarily take ourselves all that seriously - If you don't have a sense of humor, or cant see the sense of humor in that, then you just need to go to hell!"

Sense of humor aside, there's little else on Until The End that's fit for laughter, as the album is brimming with subject matter that addresses not only the band's place in music, but the industry politics they've experienced since the release of their debut in '99. If you think there's a thread biding the abrasiveness of "Loveless," "Red Flag" and "Burning Bridges," you're not far from the band's headspace.

"A lot of the material was directed toward the unknown," says the singer. "For a while there, we kind of felt that we were at the end of our rope, and we really had no idea what was going to be happening with us. Even the album artwork reflects that feeling of being suffocated and held down. We went through a lot of that, and a lot of it is reflected in the mood of the music and my lyrics. There's a lot of crazy stuff that we've been through, and it's all in there. In a way, I think it's been a blessing and a curse - We all plan to make a career out of this, so sometimes it's good to get all that crazy stuff out of the way early in your career. You never know, this album could be 'the one,' and ten years down the road, no one is going to care what happened in the first couple of years. We still have so many more aspirations and expectations for the next few years and the next few albums, and that energy is good…"

"That's the most exciting part," Mercedes agrees, "because I feel like I'm 15 again." "Internally, it all feels good in the band again," concludes Morgan. "The chemistry is great, the music is great, and it's all fresh and new again."

--Paul Gargano, 6.04

From another old official KiTTiE site:


KITTIE has come a long way since their inception as a humble garage band in London, Ontario, Canada.

With the success of their certified gold debut album SPIT, Kittie has matured and evolved into an even more dynamic metal force that transcends all age and gender barriers.

After over a year of break neck paced, world-wide touring in support of SPIT, KITTIE returned home to an explosion of musical creativity and began working feverishly on their much anticipated sophomore release.

Their new album entitled ORACLE, due to be released in November, 2001, manifests all the fury of SPIT, but the blade of ORACLE has been honed to a keen edge and hardened in the fires of Hell.

ORACLE speaks of a journey of loss, despair and deception but foretells of an ultimate destination of truth and triumph.

What does ORACLE foretell of the future of KITTIE?.... that the band will stay their own course by remaining aloof from current musical trends and set new standards by hammering out honest metal music. In doing so, KITTIE will help bring metal back into perspective and back to the people.

From the first official KiTTiE website:


Refreshing facts about Kittie: None of them were Mousketeers, they don't dance down the halls of their high school half-naked, and they're not about to buy into the American dream of record sales through plastic surgery.
"I'm not up there singing, 'Hit me baby, one more time!' We're a lot more mature than that," states frontwoman Morgan. Instead, the Canadian teen quartet presents its music with the same brutal truth that clouds their reality. Sonically, it's harsh. But so is the world they live in, and Kittie don't see a need for sugarcoating.

"If people are expecting The Spice Girls, they're not going to get it...People need to get used to everyday occurrence, that way they don't go and kill themselves-or other people-over things like losing a boyfriend or girlfriend," adds drummer Mercedes, Morgan's sister, and half of the band's bludgeoning bottom end with bassist Talena. Accompanying Morgan on guitar is Fallon, and though the four girls are still toiling through high school, they have a better grasp on their environment than most adults.

"Being the way people are, they'll look at songs like 'Spit,' 'Suck,' and 'Choke' and perceive them to be about promiscuity and guys, but you have to dig deeper than that and actually look into the lyrics to see where we're coming from," details Morgan. "Like the song 'Do You Think I'm a Whore?'-That's about the way that I perceive myself and the way other people tend to perceive me. There are times that I really don't think that people get what we're doing and understand where we're coming from. We're girls, playing in a guys business..."

"We're intense, and a lot of people just don't expect it," continues Mercedes. "That's why 'Spit' is my favorite song in the world-People expect us to suck, then we get on stage and blow them away. One minute they're just standing there, then their mouths drop open and their dicks feel small."

"All those people who judge us without hearing us? That's enough to make me spit," says Morgan of the song's title, pleased that Kittie have the chance to prove cynics wrong.

"A lot of guys don't want a bunch of little girls to get in the way of their music," laughs Fallon, who penned "Choke" as an emotional response to betrayal. "That song's about someone telling you that they love you so much, and they put you up on a pedestal and make you feel great, then they turn around and say 'screw you.'" Musically, "Choke" constricts as tightly as its subject matter, pounding from death metal brutality into a down tuned stomp that bites of sarcasm and smacks with scorn. "Brackish" opts for a more frantic pace, a techno backbeat and riveting guitars playing backdrop to a spoken word delivery that unravels into passionate vocal blasts.

It's that passion that sets Kittie apart from their more seasoned peers. Combining insights that are untempered by conventional political correctness, a blunt delivery, and lyrics that delve deeper than their titles might suggest, Kittie transcend the commercial ease of disposable teen angst and easily-packageable pop melodies.

Take "Paperdoll"-One of the album's least suggestive titles, the track offers one of the band's most palatable messages. Says Morgan, "We want to destroy the idea that a lot of men see women as blowup dolls. We want to break that, because we're better than that."

Not bad for a band that was conceived when Mercedes and Fallon met in a gymnastics class and began playing Nirvana and Silverchair covers with Morgan. Since then, Mercedes says she's grown "about seven inches," Fallon no longer aspires to be the next Mariah Carey-"I found cool music," she says-and they've graduated from the youthful mentality of, "Wow, let's play together!" to refining an image of their own and turning heads with a look inspired by equal parts glam, goth and metal.

"We just got sick of looking like everybody else-We didn't want to look grubby, and we didn't want to conform. We wanted to do something special," says Fallon. The results, according to Morgan, fall somewhere within the realm of "glam-goth, metal-glitter. We strive to do our own thing and be the pavers of new roads. It's all just completely natural, we don't really try to sound like anything, it just happens... This is just what's normal for us."

And for that, we have to be thankful. Imagine a world where Britney Spears was the norm?

"Hey, we didn't say anything bad about her!" clarifies Mercedes-"We didn't slag her, and we respect her... We just don't want to be her!" Morgan agrees: "Comparing us to her is like comparing black to white... We'll just stick to the metal!"

-Paul Gargano 10/99