Kitty in a Casket is a band formed in 2008 in Vienna Austria. The female fronted punk n’ roll/rockabilly style group consisting of vocalist Kitty Casket, guitarists Billy the Bat and Todd Flash, bassist Tom Mooner and drummer Max van Angst issued their fifth recording, Kiss & Hell in late February 2016. The Kiss & Hell album was reviewed in April for Decibel Geek by Blair DeAbreu (Kitty In A Casket – Kiss & Hell (Album Review)). Now the band is coming to the US and have issued their tour dates in the press release (with slight adaptations) featured below:
PRESS RELEASE: Vienna, Austria’s Kitty in a Casket is hot on the heels of their latest release, Kiss & Hell, released earlier this year via SPV/Rodeostar. In support of the album, Kitty in a Casket will head over to the US for a tour this fall. The tour kicks off September 23rd in Dallas, TX and runs through October 7th in Houston, TX. A complete list of dates can be found below.
The band commented on their second US tour: “We’re happy to fly across the big pond for a second time this September. Come out to one of our shows and check out the new songs. Looking forward to a kick ass two weeks playing in new cities and venues as well as meeting old friends and making new ones.”
Kitty in a Casket riding a bomb, an eye on the apocalypse behind her? What a sight! Perhaps a sight for the gods? Or maybe rather one for the devil? Is Kitty really responsible for the end of the world? Is she a demon or an angel? Man-eating vamp or seductive Aphrodite? Bitter-sweet temptation or diabolical ruin? So many questions, and only one way of finding out: Kiss & Hell, the new album by Austrian punk´n`roll act Kitty In A Casket, featuring the attractive vocalist on the above-mentioned explosive mission, holds all the answers. Kiss & Hell is not only the fourth album released by her band, it’s also their most authentic recording to date. The reasons for this? The intoxicating energy that Kitty In A Casket are known for, and not only on stage. The wonderfully morbid charm that their lyrics ooze, always tongue in cheek, of course. The diversity of their punk rock compositions which alternate between brusque and sensitive, between humorous and deadly serious, between fictitious and autobiographical. That’s why Kitty Casket says with some justification: “Kiss & Hell is our most honest album, it’s a real part of us and shows what we are like and how we feel.”
Part of this world of emotions is the band members’ shared penchant for bizarre stories with eerily wonderful content. As for example in the video supporting “Sticks & Stones”, the first single release from the album, which has Kitty plunge into the realm of the undead, causing the involuntarily murderous demise of the men which take her fancy. “We love that ironic playing on horror and drama,” says Kitty. “Of course, none of this should be taken too seriously, there’s always a sense of humour behind it.” The content and stylistic direction of “Sticks & Stones” are very much in the tradition of the band’s three previous albums – even if the ukulele at the beginning of the track was a first for Kitty In A Casket – and feature all the typical trademarks that their fans appreciate. Like the next number, “Lurking In The Dark”, with its breathtaking speed, spirited guitars, and Kitty‘s melodic vocals. “Straight To Hell” is another song which proves the group’s unbridled enthusiasm, an uptempo ditty with a strong hookline and the tried-and-tested KIAC esprit.
But Kiss & Hell presents yet another side, one that Kitty In A Casket have never shown before, ranging from the straightforward, wonderfully breezy fun punk track “St. Tropez” through the German-language number “Feuer & Eis”, which has Kitty sound more aggressive than usual, revealing new facets to her voice, to the final acoustic track “Gone”, which sees the vocalist come to terms with a very personal and tragic story from her life. Kitty explains: “This song reveals more mercilessly than ever before a bitter moment of my emotional life.”
And yes, there still is the unanswered question relating to Kitty‘s allegedly dubious role in that end-of-the-world scenario. If you turn the booklet over and look at the back you will find that it’s not explosives but kisses that escape from the bomb. So luckily, Kitty does not appear to be responsible for the total apocalypse. Or has she deceived us again?
KITTY IN A CASKET US TOUR
09/23/16 – Dallas, TX Three Links – Deep Ellum, TX
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