KITTIE says fans “are gonna be really excited when they find out what we’ve been up to”
In a recent interview on Knotfest’s “She’s With The Band” podcast, Mercedes Lander, the drummer of KITTIE, and Morgan Lander, the guitarist/vocalist, provided insights into the ongoing songwriting process for the highly anticipated successor to the band’s 2011 album, “I’ve Failed You.”
Mercedes commented on the musical direction of the new KITTIE music: “I’m gonna say that we are just really stoked to write 1,200 percent bangers. I think that’s just where we’re at now. We want people to feel good. We want people to feel what we’re feeling. I feel like bangers, that’s what we’re good at.”
When asked KITTIE possibly merging their old sound with the new material, Morgan replied: “I think marrying some of the ideas, ’cause I don’t think we’re ever going to put our JNCOs [jeans] on again. But, yeah, the idea of marrying some of those ideas — like who we are now with the ideas of who maybe we used to be and kind of being able to meet somewhere in the middle, but in a way that will just create something brand new again. I’m excited for it to be unleashed upon the world.”
Morgan and Mercedes were also asked if KITTIE is planning to release singles or a full-length album in the near future, to which Morgan replied: “Things are happening, wheels are in motion, but we are just not able to announce anything yet. But I guess the blanket statement could be, like, people who are excited about KITTIE will continue to be excited for the next year. Things are happening. And I think it will be a really good year for us.” Mercedes added: “I think people are gonna be really excited when they find out what we’ve been up to.”
KITTIE has been treating its audiences to a brand new song titled “Vultures” in recent performances.
The band’s return to the stage after a five-year hiatus occurred in September 2022 at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, held at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
KITTIE‘s current lineup includes Morgan and Mercedes, alongside guitarist Tara McLeod and bassist Ivana “Ivy” Vujic. Prior to their Blue Ridge appearance, the band had not graced the stage since their reunion show at London Music Hall in their hometown of London, Ontario, in 2017. This particular event celebrated the release of their documentary, “Kittie: Origins/Evolutions.”
After concluding the touring cycle for their 2011 album, “I’ve Failed You,” KITTIE entered a prolonged period of inactivity. During this time, Morgan delved into a marketing role for a chain of fitness clubs, while Mercedes pursued a career in real estate and later ventured into the software industry. Concurrently, the band also embarked on the production of “Origins/Evolutions,” which finally came to fruition in 2018 through Lightyear Entertainment in North America.