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Kitten Forever 'Semi-Permanent' Release Show

May 04, 2018

After touring the country with feminist rock legends like Babes in Toyland and Jack off Jill, and up-and-comers like Mitski and Waxahatchee, Kitten Forever is back in the Twin Cities and releasing a new album. They’ve had a busy year and the mood at their release show at the Loring Pasta Bar (under new, non-sexual predator ownership) was decidedly celebratory. The large dance area was nearly packed. The back window wall was opened to the street, letting in the warm night air and sending the pre-show tunes out across Dinkytown. Paper lanterns, faux icicles, little clouds, and an over-the-top stage set up completed the room.

Tiffani was the first act of the night and brought a ton of energy to the stage after a slight delay spent trying to find the bassist. Once he was found, they immediately launched into a raw, high-energy set with driving vocals and drums. While the audience was clearly into it, headbanging along, Tiffani’s lead guitarist told the crowd “Don’t look us up anywhere. We’re never playing again,” making their set a rare treat.

Local feminist trio Tony Peachka took the stage next, playing material from their 2016 “dirty knees” album plus the beachy, surf-rock EP “Paradise”. The poppy, optimistic lyrics about looking forward to summer, drinking tropical drinks and sitting in the yard fit perfectly with the danceable vibe and warm spring night. 

Royal Brat came out next, with guitarist Clara Salyer also playing in Kitten Forever in the next set. Salyer is back in the Twin Cities and part of Royal Brat’s new “EYESORE” album after touring as the guitarist for Babes in Toyland. Tiffani’s drummer was also in this set, now as a guitarist. Royal Brat’s set was consistently great, full of thoughtful songwriting but still bringing the energy to get the crowd dancing. Most of the material came from EYESORE, which came out February and focuses on the experience of surviving and prevailing after sexual assault. It was a powerful and emotional set.

A bit after midnight, Kitten Forever came on and announced the release of Semi-Permanent, now available for purchase online. While still as DIY and scrappy as ever, the tracks from Semi-Permanent continued the trend towards a more melodic, contemplative sound for Kitten Forever. It was the right end for a night of high-energy tunes and dancing. 


Liv Riggins