Seattle-based duo Kitty Junk made a splash on the scene at a time when there wasn’t so much to splash into. Forming in 2020 and releasing their debut LP in 2021, Kitty Junk immediately started turning heads with their buzzing mixture of bluesy garage rock, strutting glam, throwback grunge, and a fiery activist spirit. Angie Dane and Ryan Lee say they started the project as a way of pushing back on the sexist climate of the music industry. So far, their two LPs released – 2021’s Converse Theory and 2022’s Junk Punk – reflect the clenched-fist blow they hope to score in favor of inclusivity and equality in a part of the country that most people assume to already be there.
Beyond the message of the songs, though, is the sound and fury that Kitty Junk manages to create. Only a two-piece, they come together to slash and burn through songs that vascillate between primal screams and mocking jabs. It’s their innate sense of playfulness that makes their heavier moments even more impactful. The vocals, in particular, have a way of sliding into a yowling wail at any given moment, and as the muscular drums propel the songs forward, there is always the distinct feeling that any song is just about to descend into a sonic meltdown. Wear ear plugs and bring your friends.
Sunday July 9th
Spanish Ballroom Kitty Junk, w/ Filthy FemCorps, Indigo Blue All Ages, Doors at 4pm, Show at 5pm, $10 ADV, $15 DOS
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