influences as diverse as The Cult, The Cure, Nirvana, Queen, and the
Manic Street Preachers, Stiff Kittens come across as a solid trio simply
brimming with musical talent. The three tracks on this promo sampler are
taken from their second album 'Won't Reach The Filth'.
The opening track on this offering is a tribute to Kurt Cobain simply
titled 'Kurt Cobain'. A catchy track that soon has you bounding around
in your seat with your foot tapping furiously. Hugely addictive, it's
one thatís guaranteed to get the crowd going at even the coldest of
Starting with a mid tempo guitar solo it soon bursts into life with the
help of loud and proud drums and guitars. This particular track smacks
very much of the Manic's and without sounding like a poor mans copy of
this legendary band, the song stands strong on it's own.
Indeed if this were a band to go in for singles then this one would be a
prime choice to hit the airwaves with. Well structured it balances the
need to keep the tempo lively enough to get the listener to actually
listen, while combining this with some thoughtful pauses before bursting
into action again. Nothing hurried, nothing rushed, but certainly
nothing sleepy about this little gem.
By the time the second track comes on you realize just how talented
these three musicians are. 'The Liar's Song' has all the ingredients of
a rock anthem with its catchy chorus and exciting guitar riffs. Almost
punk like in attitude it's in your face and teases you into quick
submission. Ever stage dived before? No?? Well just wait till you hear
the band perform this live, I bet you'll be up there climbing above the
heads of your fellow man to ride the waves of frenzied fans.
Last song from the trio on this sampler is 'The Moth Collection'. Now
when I saw the name of this I thought Ö what the heck is that all
about? Oh but when it comes on, gradual building up with the guitars
like a horse breaking from a trot to a canter to a gallop, it captures
your imagination as you eagerly wait for it to break into song. An
excellent example of the diversity this band are able to produce in
their work it's the closest thing to the spirit of U2 I have heard in a
long time. It's slightly more sedated than the earlier two tracks but
sang with commitment and passion. Such an emotional song that will catch
you rather surprised in comparison to the other two tracks.
If this was put on in a club I am sure that 99% of the people there
would just get up and dance automatically to it and presume it was the
new U2 single. Believe me it really is that good and is probably my
favourite out of the three. Well saved till last.
The band are currently working on their third album, which they hope to
release later this year. Watch out for 'The Ivory Trade' and the tour
which is destined to follow. Hailing from the Blackwood area of South
Wales, this band are here to show you that there are alternative exports
to sheep coming out of there.
I for one will be keeping my fingers crossed they venture up North so
that we can check them out and see them perform these songs in all their
glory. This is not a band that you say will 'perhaps' make it, this is a
band that you know 'will' break it and when they do they'll do it big