I don’t think there are enough all-girl or girl-fronted bands that suit my taste, so I’m always on the lookout for new ones that won’t disappoint me. I was pretty happy to come across the Switchblade Kittens’ new six-song CD. What’s interesting about this band is that there are no guitarists. There are three bass players, one drummer, and a female vocalist. In no way does this impede their sound, though. In fact, knowing this and listening to the music, you can’t help but feel a little impressed at the way the band pulls it off. The songs are fun and catchy and maybe more pop than punk, but they still rock. The first time I listened through the six songs, it occurred to me that the experience was kind of like when you’re watching a bad movie made for a teen audience, but the soundtrack has enjoyable songs with cool female vocals. Turns out that “All Cheerleaders Die” (the second one on the CD and my favorite one to bop along with) is the theme song for a horror flick of the same name. I do have one complaint. It is never a good idea to cover any sappy theme song from any sappy movie, particularly the embarrassing, awful Titanic. And Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” still sucks ass no matter who tries to give it a twist. That’s okay, though. I still want to hear more from the Kittens.
–felizon (Switchblade Kittens)