If you were in New York City this past Friday then you bore witness to what was the slushiest, windiest, most absurd weather I have seen in quite some time. There was nothing that could make me want to leave my apartment that day except for one thing: the fact that I was going to rock so hard that night at Bowery Ballroom that I could probably almost fully dry my damp left sock.
Philadelphia represented the first half of the show that night including, Cold Fronts – four gents who look like they hang out in a lot of basements and play like they’re having the time of their lives – and Suburban Living who we last saw rocking out in the heat during Out in the Streets Fest.
Girls with glitter on their eyes and guys in turtlenecks and windbreakers crowded the front as they barely contained their excitement while waiting for Kitten to take the stage. Kitten is a pop-rock powerhouse band heavily influenced by the 80s. Between their dramatic performance, the bold make-up and haircuts, and synchronized dances moves, there is a definite possibility that they traveled to 2018 in a time machine.
Twenty-year-old front-woman, Chloe Chaidez, is 5 feet of non-stop energy. She tears through the stage with her dance moves like a hurricane barreling through whatever is in its path. From her splits to her handstands to her tumbles and her dramatic knee drops, Chloe kept pulling me in to what really was her show. She even gave me a heart attack as she ran up to the balcony and leapt into the crowd, somehow trusting dozens of strangers to catch her fall.
With bangers like “Like a Stranger,” “G#,” and their newest release, “I Did It!,” Kitten is well on their way to flooding main stream airwaves leaking into your Uber’s radio very soon.
For whatever reason, Kitten fans left before they got to experience the greatness that is High Waisted. Their loss and my gain since I had slightly more room to twirl around as the High Waisted gang tore up the stage. Bowery Ballroom had been a stage that they had dreamt of playing and now they were headlining. I spent a little time with High Waisted before the show and could see in their faces and hear in their words how much this night meant to them.
They also debuted a new line-up, adding Megan Talay and Andrea Scanniello to the group. The girl power at the front of the stage that night exuded sass, class, rock and roll, and a whole lot of fun. The new additions blended right in to front-woman Jess Dye’s colorful hair whips and drummer Jono Bernstein’s rhythmic beats.
We all know that High Waisted likes a good party and Friday was no exception. After making everyone’s neck hurt from bobbing so much, they took the party downstairs to the Ballroom’s bar and danced some more to some solid after-party beats by DJ Miles Awae.
I have to say, the women in Kitten and High Waisted showed up the boys that night and proved they could rock harder.
Article: Merissa Blitz