I’ve been following L.A. indie rock band Kitten for over a year, but it’s only since I heard their excellent cover of The Smiths’ “Panic” last December (which soon thereafter made it onto my list of the Top 25 Cover Songs of 2011) that I’ve had a feeling that the band will be big.
Kitten’s next move is to follow up their 2010 debut EP Sunday School, which you can stream in full here, with a new EP called Cut It Out on August 28. You can hear the first two tracks from that release over this way. But the song that you should hear first is below, and it’s called “Japanese Eyes.”
Like “Cut It Out” and “Sugar,” this new one is New Wave-indebted indie rock with a certain sense of space and time that seems to differ slightly from most band’s. Lead singer Chloe Chaidez — who, at only 17, is already a charismatic and captivating singer — yelps and croons in turn, leading the totally danceable rock track down a path that pays thanks to the ’80s, despite the fact that Chaidez was born a half decade after they ended. It’s a wonderful track, and I can’t wait to hear where Kitten go from here.