Good thing Kittie had their shit together last Thursday night. They followed an awesome set by Chicago-based crushers Disturbed that could have made the aggro-rock girls look pretty passive during their Guvernment set.
Instead, they put the pedal to the metal in a raging performance that offered proof that their 36-gig headlining tour hasn't been a complete waste of time. It was definitely a tight performance.
It was not, however, a textured one. Lead lungs Morgan Lander kept the tonal quality at a shriek-fest pitch whether the song demanded it or not. Failure to take the pointedly satirical Paperdoll down a notch or two suggests that the band is not yet confident that it can keep the crowd's attention without going full throttle.
You get a sense that Kittie could really get to the next level if the girls broadened the palette -- both visually and sonically. All the elements are there. Lander really rocked out and moved around when she got rid of the guitar on Brackish. She should do it more.
And why not pull sister vocalist and guitarist Fallon Bowman up front a little more often? Like Lander, she's got tons of charisma and could add a whole other dynamic to the stage act.
KITTIE, with DISTURBED, at the Guvernment, September 14. Tickets: $20. Attendance: 900. Rating: NNN