Local Wire

Kitten @ Pub Rock

An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young, or so sayeth Oscar Wilde. His eccentric wit is a perfect fit for L.A.'s Kitten, fronted by the just barely legal Chloe Chaidez, who co-founded the band when she was just 15. By now, she's likely tired of hearing how young she is, but it really is an achievement. In a few short years, Kitten has played South by Southwest, shared road trips with Paramore and Young the Giant, and earned nods from rock journalists as an up-and-coming act. As Chaidez puts it herself, "People always say, 'Oh, she's so young; but the thing is, I've been doing this for a really long time already." It's true: Kitten's ingredients have matured well beyond their years, given Chaidez's almost encyclopedic background in music. For Kitten, that awareness of the past has translated into a light blend of Siouxsie Sioux packed with the sexy edge of Debbie Harry — combined with the modern, synthesizer-speckled sensibilities of bands like Metric, Austra, and Purity Ring. The title track off last year's Cut It Out EP resembles a futuristic anti-love song, while other tracks like "Japanese Eyes" and "Sugar" demonstrate a mature, tight-fitted songwriting style with a sexy, tender edge.