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Run With The Kittens

19-Sep-2007 11:20 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Run With The Kittens
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
Run With The Kittens
The Exchanges
September 14, 2007
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

When a CD release party show starts out by having two masked people in red jumpsuits carrying a large chain join the band on stage, and then a female body-builder arrives, breaks the chain, and starts to shuck corn, you know it's not going to be your average t-shirt-and-jeans kind of set. But that makes sense for a band like Run With The Kittens, who appear to be a fair distance away from average. Frank Zappa once asked the question: Does humour belong in music? And Run With The Kittens answers with a definitive yes. But the fact that humour is incorporated into their music shouldn't overshadow the skill in both performance and musicianship that this band possesses.

Run With The Kittens
Run With The Kittens
Run With The Kittens

Nate Mills (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, synth) entered the stage wearing faux-punk garb, including a carefully cut black shirt that was held back together with safety pins, and started out the set with M.L.B., a song off their new CD Bangers & Mash. His endlessly eccentric expressions were hilarious, especially as he vocalized some of the more lyrically funny songs. He also varied his vocals, covering hard rock, punk, as well as softer indie-rock styles. Even though the funnier moments stand out in my mind, the band played some extremely decent music, including a song called Year Of The Hour, which also sounds great on the CD. James Roberston (lead guitar) played some noticeably scorching guitar in front of the energetic drumming of big-haired Jake Oelrich. Lastly, mullet-laden Nigel Hebblewhite provided the bass lines needed to emphasize it all.

Run With The Kittens
Run With The Kittens
Run With The Kittens

Even after the female body-builder left the stage, there were a few more surprises, including a a guy who came out and painted a life-size portrait of the body-builder (which can be seen in the background of a few of the photos). A little later in the set, a large older man arrived at the front of the stage and started dancing it up. Along with everything else, we knew it had to be part of the show. Once the set ended, and after a short break, Nate and James crawled back on stage followed by Nigel dragging Jake by one arm. For the encore they brought the dancing man up on stage and played a song about him called Rockin' Ronny (a song based on Ooby Dooby by Roy Orbison). There were so many entertaining moments that there's no way for me to summarize them all and describing them all won't do the Kittens performance justice. It's bound to be different next time anyway... I've seen clips of them playing while wearing wedding dresses. If you see their bus pulling into town (and you can't miss it), just go see them.

Run With The Kittens
Run With The Kittens
Run With The Kittens

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