1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Pomegranates are a band from Cincinnati that began as a project between two friends, Jacob Merritt and Isaac Karns, eventually growing into a four-piece with Joey Cook and, most recently, Curt Kiser. Over a span of four years, the band released four albums, which drew the attention of independent radio stations like KEXP, WOXY, and KCRW, and critical praise from the likes of the NY Times, AP, and Spin magazine for the band’s very sudden and prodigious growth in sound.
What is that sound? If the world could lean in and hear the sound of a pomegranate slowly opening up to the world, this is probably something close to what it would sound like. On songs like “Beachcomber” and “Everybody, Come Outside!,” guitars and keyboards shimmer and shine, but never in the lazy, hazy ways of so many bands today.
Jacob Merritt’s propulsive drumming keeps a nimble pace; while Joey Cook’s clear tenor and Isaac Karn’s more forceful vocals bounce off of each other atop the mix. Time signatures leap in and out and jewelled tangents appear around every corner, but the songs always retain an upbeat and compact sentiment that belongs in the same sentence with The Beach Boys, Spoon, and French Kicks, the latter two with whom the band has already toured.
Having notched off those tours, as well as further legs with Islands and Blitzen Trapper, the band recorded their third LP, One of Us, with TJ Lipple at The Monastery in Cincinnati. Having cited inspirations like Spiritualized and Talking Heads for their work so far, the band’s new “psychedelic dream rock” album looks to push further down experimental roads, with descriptors like “textured,” “unusual,” and “challenging” entering the conversation.
When singer/songwriter Chloe Chaidez decided, at 13 years of age, to leave her previous band, Wild Youth and start again with KITTEN she had already racked up enough experience to match any artist twice her age.
By 11 years old she had the honor of sharing the stage with an impressive list of her older peers. Midlake and Conor Oberst to name just a few...
Soon after recording her first demo's with respected producer Bill Racine (Mates of State, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), Chloe found herself in N.Y. doing the label rounds, completely unsatisfied with the prospect of what corporate pop music was offering.
Chloe chose to leave behind any notion of being a "teen act" and returned home in order to hone her craft and pay some dues. At 14 she committed in earnest to writing and performing on her own. After a year of playing on street corners, subway busking and solo acoustic show's in notorious dive bars she was ready.
Recruiting Max Kuehn (19) on drums . (Who's father Greg is a member of the revered So Cal punk band "TSOL"), Zach Carper (23) on bass (engineer Earlimart, Grandaddy, Tokyo Police Club) and Andy Miller (18) on guitar, Chloe began to craft the music she was hearing in her head.
Together the group combined sharp New Wave melodies, a love of classic 50's songwriting, and the raw power of post punk/indie to form KITTEN.
With electric performances inspired as much by Iggy Pop as Cat Power and The Cure, KITTEN are already establishing a growing fanbase in L.A. as well as the rest of the West Coast, winning fan's one by one with a raw emotion and honesty that seems to be missing from much of today's music.
They are finishing work on their first official EP mixed by Gavin Mackillop ( PIL, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church) and were recently hailed as "The best new discovery of SXSW" by SPIN.com.
Kitten is currently gearing up for the CMJ music festival in October and a short tour of London in November followed by a three week residency at The Echo in Silverlake Ca.
Colossal spaced-out basement boogie from the land of Philadelphia
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