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Genre: New Wave / Pop / Rock
Location London/Kent/Devon, Un
Profile Views: 145697
Last Login: 4/12/2013
Member Since 8/31/2006
Record Label Yes please.
Type of Label Unsigned
BiooiB <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://cache.reverbnation.com/widgets/swf/44/pro_widget.swf" height="200" width="262" align="top" bgcolor="#ffffff" loop="false" wmode="opaque" quality="best" allowScriptAccess="always" allowNetworking="all" allowFullScreen="true" seamlesstabbing="false" flashvars="id=artist_70871&posted_by=&skin_id=PWFS5006&background_color=EEEEEE&border_color=000000&street_team=false" /><br /> <img style="visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;" border=0 width=0 height=0 src="http://www.reverbnation.com/widgets/trk/44/artist_70871//t.gif" /> <a href=http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/?broadcastbadge title="Head to bbc.co.uk/introducing, upload your music and you could have your tracks broadcast on BBC Radio"><img src="http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/images/badges/broadcastbadge.png" border="0" alt="Head to bbc.co.uk/introducing, upload your music and you could have your tracks broadcast on BBC Radio" /></a> Who needs pigeonholes anyway? Kitty and the Lost Boys are not easy to define And that in a nut shell is a big part of their charm. I can't even be quite sure of where they are from. Their Reverb Nation says Plymouth but theFacebook page says Tavistock and London. The eponymous Kitty has quite a sweet voice, with a hint of girlishness, but that childlike masque is a veneer over a mature vocal that can be husky or smooth, mellow or rich. (Sorry, that description has just made me want a coffee really badly. I'll be right back) *calls from the kitchen* "YOU MIGHT AS WELL GET YOURSELF ONE!" *Sound of kettle boiling* Right …. where was I? Oh yes. Kitty and the Lost Boys. It isn't all that clear what the line-up is from reading their own blurb Kitty sings and plays bass, Blind Johnny plays guitar, and the rest of the band are credited as various lost boys as and when needed. Well whoever plays harmonica on "Cold Wind Blowing" it was he (or she) who made me sit up and listen when I first heard it on XRP radio. This song starts with a melodic guitar with heavy shimmering vibrato/reverb effect and includes the aforementioned harmonica playing in between Kitty's soulful melancholic serenade. It reminds me slightly of The Cowboy Junkies, so laid back you feel it could limbo dance under toilet doors. I visualise her sitting outside the jail, while her man "who never done no wrong" is in the cell, blowin' his harp through the bars like a baleful hound baying at the moon. Live at The Wharf, Tavistock. Another track "CRY" steams right in with riff laden guitar. Although this could be stored in the drawer labelled post-punk/bubble-gum pop alongside artists like Blondie and Strawberry Switchblade, it includes a very un-punk un-pop guitar solo, that sets it apart from others of the genre. "Its Not OK" sounds something like a cross between a much more musical version of Lilly Allen, and something by The Yardbirds. Kitty's voice at its most childlike so far. There is a big tempo change in the middle eight with Kitty's disembodies voice drifting down to you from a balcony on a cool summer's evening before the guitar solo takes over. The songs are deceptively simple mellow pleasant and thoughtful. Sometimes introverted but not so all-embracingly melancholy as, say, Suzanne Vega. What is nice is that there is a streak of similarity in style running through the various tracks without the tedious homogeneity of some pop acts. Clearly nobody has told this band to "write another song like the first hit". Can't Stop Loving You (live) has quite a long passage of instrumental in it which wold never be allowed on boring old main stream radio. In conclusion. I'm rubbish at conclusions. I've finished my coffee. I can't find a website, which is unusual for a band with four albums under their belt. As any regular readers will know I think your own website is an essential art of any up and coming band. Anyway, check em out on their facebook, myspace or reverbnation plenty of tracks available for live streaming. Hear them on XRP Radio or go and see them live http://gubic.co.uk/wp/blog/2013/02/20/kitty-and-the-lost-boys-female-fronted-versatile-pop-rock/
MembersKitty (lead vox and bass), Jess (lead guitar), Blind Johnny (rhythm guitar and harmonica) and Sam (drums) Honorary Lost Boys: BickC, Jene Petanque, John Charlton and Adam Herring.
InfluencesBlondie, Elvis Costello, The Beatles (but who hasn't been influenced by them?!), The Stranglers, Thin Lizzy, The Police, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Siousxie and The Banshees, Billy Idol, The Who, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Marianne Faithful, The Rolling Stones, Squeeze, The Runaways, Cat Power, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, The Dead Weather, T-Rex, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Lou Reed, The Kills, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Cardigans, The Drifters, Bob Dylan, Santana, Fastball, ZZ Top, The Small Faces, The Doors, Leonard Cohen, Free, The Pretenders, Transvision Vamp, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Arctic Monkeys, Bob Marley, The Jam, Elvis Costello, Fastball, Lou Reed, The Clash. And that Helter Skelter on Brighton Pier.
Sounds LikeFucking stupid subheading.
This girl-fronted Pop/Rock band have stormed the South West music scene and are making a lasting impression with their catchy songs and electric, high-energy performances. They've caught the attention of various top industry names including Mike Chapman who created hit records for such artists as Sweet and Suzi Quatro aswell as producing 'Parallel Lines': the breakthrough album for Blondie (one of the Kitty and The Lost Boys' major influences) The band have also seen increasing national and international radio interest having been played on Radio 1, BBC Radio6 Music and KROQ LA to name but a few! Family trio ('the Von Trapps with guitars') Blind Johnny, Jess and Kitty are joined by Sam Taylor on drums.
Q and A with Kitty
Describe your sound
"You've got Blind Johnny's maddeningly catchy New Wave songs with my girly vocals and thumping bass; Jess melting your face with blinding guitars; all powerhoused along by Sam smashing the shit out of his drums. Think early Blondie meets Thin Lizzy meets the Vontrapps if they'd played guitars, formed a rock group and hadn't been persecuted by the Nazi's or brought up by a nun. How was that?!"
"All of us have very different influences for example Jess is big on his classic rock and seminal guitarists (Cream, Gary Moore, Free, Hendrix, Steve Vai and Satriani to name a few) whilst Sam is a bit of a metalhead with a penchant for body art and red bull... Blind Johnny is a huge Elvis Costello fan as well as Tom Petty, The Stranglers and 'the guvner' Lou Reed.
As for me anything from the 60's-Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks, Velvet Underground, Motown of course- and I guess the most important frontwomen in rocknfuckingroll-Debbie Harry, Karen O, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Suzie Quatro, Siouxsie Sioux... the list goes on. We've all got such varied influences and I think this creates a sound that combines the raw energy of r'n'r and the attitude of punk, with pop songs that get stuck in your head and that you find yourself singing in the shower."
Ongoing and future plans?
"We're in the middle of recording our third album. The previous two cd's were experimental in terms of our sound and the actual recording (one we produced in our shed: 'shedrock') So this is really our defining moment as we've developed a style we all feel comfortable with and have been working in some awesome studios. We've recently released an EP as a taster of the album which you can get your hands on off Itunes"
So what can we expect from the new album?
"Pretty run of the mill stuff to be honest: Johnny Rotten's fall from grace that took shape in THAT Country Life butter advert, a serial killing gold digger and the tragic tale of a Punch and Judy Man... There will be some broken hearts and teenage angst thrown in too though ;)"
Kitty and the Lost boys have recently had some of their songs re-mixed by Dave Jones at STR Productions (a U.K based studio specializing in a total Production and Mastering service for all kinds of music.) The studio has just become the main mastering studio for three main music production companies in Africa and a publishing company in the States.
Dave has worked with Kitty and the Lost boys for around 6 months and has re-mixed 4 of their songs so far.
Dave Jones on Kitty and The Lost Boys
"The style and feel of their songs really do get me excited to be involved with them. To me the songs have got everything a good commercial rock song needs- great hooks, great vocals and a unique sound that really defines who they are. They have developed their own sound which will take them far in the music business"
You can hear lots more of Dave Jones' work on his own site
- Feb 24, 2012 2:15 PM You Bring Me Dead Flowers
- Nov 10, 2010 1:14 PM Week 1 and Week 2 Winners!
- Mar 12, 2010 10:33 AM Thanks very much to Rodney Bingenheimer
- Mar 11, 2010 9:54 AM Kitty & The Lost Boys to play at Plymouth TWESTIVAL 2010
- Feb 16, 2010 12:17 PM "It's Not OK" on Rodney Bingenheimer's Playlist
03:19 | 120 plays | Feb 3 2011
2 upcoming shows/events
FORMER RADIO 1 HOUSEBAND
MIKE CHAPMAN (Blondie/Suzy Quatro): “You are singing great and looking amazing”
BOY GEORGE: "Very cool Blonde-esque vibe. Loving your rock!"
AL GOMES: (Christina Aguilera/Red Hot Chili Peppers): "I think the band's great"
Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music: "Absolutely charming"
247 MAGAZINE Nov 2010: “This female fronted troupe describe themselves as being from ‘deepest, darkest Devon’ and I’m sure there are darker things in Devon, but they certainly wouldn’t be out of place in an 80s Brat Pack or 90s US teen vampire flick. Upbeat and energetic this sound is clearly influenced by some of those 80s greats, Cyndi Lauper & Blondie, though the sound isn’t dissimilar to those 90s Britpop female fronted bands, Echobelly & Lush. Apologies for the reliance on comparison to female fronted bands but there’s just no escaping it. The best place to hear this music would be in some bare brick walled underground pub with a cider & black in hand, all dolled up to the nines! Bring it on!”
Week 1 winners Rock/Indie category of The Peoples Music Awards (2010-11)
Week 2 winners Pop category of The Peoples Music Awards (2010-11)
BBC Radio Cornwall: "Superb!"
Heart Fm Spain: "Too Young" Record of the Week
Pirate FM Featured Band of the Week 2009
The Herald: "One of Plymouth's top bands"
UK Songwriting Competition 2010,2009 and 2007: Semi final positions
Red Stripe Music Award 2009: “Kitty and the Lost Boys took to the stage and kicked the show into another gear. Fronted by the gorgeous Kitty, the band looked great together and delivered a tight performance, wowing the crowd with some great lyrics and Blondie influenced vocals.”
Voted in the Top 100 Unsigned Bands by Bandbacker.com 2009
Featured on compilation album 'Cornwall Introducing' 2009
Exeter FM Featured Band of the Week December 2008
Artist of the Week Lemonrock Gig Guide 2008
MP3 of the Week Lemonrock Gig Guide 2008
Lemonrock review of ‘True Baby’: "This pop song was written by Kitty when she was 11. Given the standard of 'adult' pop tunes being touted on the radio today, this shows remarkable talent. Yes, it has a simple innocence, both lyrically and in the slightly over-compressed mix, but then, so do most Blondie songs. Here's to original home-grown UK pop! This song appears on Kitty & The Lost Boys first album "Losing The Habit" 2008
Kitty and The Lost Boys have gigged extensively in the Southwest and Spain over the past 2 years and have been featured on: BBC Radio 1, Radio London, BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio Devon, Pirate FM, Plymouth Heart Radio, Exeter FM, Riviera FM, Exeter Hospital Radio, Radio Southwest, Jump Radio, Venture Radio, IM Radio, Banana Peel Radio, The Josh Andrews Show-Plymouth, Sound Machine Radio, Ore Stone Radio, Heart FM Spain, BBC Radio Cornwall, XRP, RechargedRadio and Rodney Bingenheimer on KROQ LA. They were also selected to play at the Red Stripe Music Awards and NA Unsigned. Kitty and the Lost Boys have been interviewed by Gordon Sparks, Shep and Jo, Josh Andrews, DJ Bear, Steve Riley, James Santer and Jeffery Rubin.
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