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Morgan Lander Speaks On Kittie’s Past Stumbles And Their Comeback: “I Just Think That The World Is Ready For Us Now”


The positive reception to Kittie‘s comeback in recent years has the band hopeful for their upcoming seventh studio album, “Fire“. That effort will be their first since 2011’s “I’ve Failed You“, and will arrive later this year through Sumerian Records.

While the Canadian alternative metal band quickly found success early on in the nü-metal scene with their gold-certified 1999 debut album “Spit“, frequent label and lineup changes, as well as the 2017 passing of their bassist Trish Doan, would all play a part in the group’s eventual hiatus.

First viewed as a novelty act amid the male-dominated metal climate at the time, Kittie would go on to continually implement heavier elements into their sound with their future output. Their improved chops and a commitment to abrasive musical elements would go on to earn them a considerable amount of respect that lasted long after nü-metal passed its first expiry date.

By the time the outfit were eventually put on ice though, the baggage had stacked up and waning interest had made touring untenable. Speaking recently with Metal Hammer, vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander bluntly spoke of that darker period, revealing that there were times were the group were drawing roughly 50 people a show.

Regarding the conditions that led to Kittie‘s roughly 8-year hiatus, Lander told the aforementioned publication:

“I think the best way to describe it is we just sort of overstayed our welcome. We were doing a lot of headlining shows, constantly touring, and never really seemed to gain much footing or interest. There were some nights on some of those tours in the very last few years where 50 people would show up to a show. That’s a hard thing as an artist to grapple with. I do remember having conversations where it was like, ‘I don’t feel like I can do this anymore. I need to try new things.’”

With the past year or two fueling a resurgence of interest in many bands from the late 90s and early 00s, and a much different stance towards women in the metal scene now commonplace, Lander feels that the time is now right for the band to return. She told the aforementioned publication:

“I just think that the world is ready for us now. A lot of the things that we were doing 25 years ago were still… I don’t want to say controversial, but they seemed so new. It definitely has a lot to do with a shift in thinking and acceptance and representation in the years since the very first time that Kittie came out. Sometimes it just takes the world a bit of time to catch up and appreciate those things.”

She’s not wrong when it comes to representation and acceptance in the heavy music world. In many ways things have radically changed since Kittie‘s heyday. Seemingly gone are the ‘Hottest Chicks In Rock’ tours and scantily-clad photo shoots that objectified women in metal and hard rock publications.

In the late 90s and early 00s when Kittie were cutting their teeth, numerous prominent metal bands at the time appeared in a series of officially released pornographic ‘groupie’ films, throwing baloney at naked women ‘backstage’ and more. One only needs to imagine how the reaction to that would play out now on social media to see how far things have come.

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