The Lounge Kittens Live At Southampton Talking Heads, 11th October

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On paper The Lounge Kittens would seen like a hard pitch to a room full of metalheads, but in real life nothing could be further from the truth.

Wind it back to 2014, and the video for their lounge cover of Limp Bizkit’s Rollin’ was making the rounds, eventually catching the eyes and ears of main man Fred Durst, leading to a near 3 year whirlwind of Rock festivals, magazines, award shows, support slots with Steel Panther and the release of their debut album ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’ and with that their first ever headline show.

I was lucky enough to catch the silky voiced felines in their home town on the first night of the tour and I can tell you now that you will be hard pressed to find another gig this fun this year. The winning aspect of The Lounge Kittens is not only the way they make the songs they choose to cover their own, but the charm and style they bring to the live experience, where the songs totally come alive.

The experience on the festival circuit which was a little bit of a trial by fire, has worked wonders and honed them into a tight live act, and everything works, and works perfectly. From the on stage banter of the 3 ladies, the dance moves, the fact that they can literally record a looped vocal on stage in front of their audience right before the song that requires it and manages to still keep it entertaining is no small feat in itself.

The setlist tonight is as diverse as you would expect, with hits from Andrew WK, System of a Down, The Prodigy and Rammstein, rubbing shoulders with the like of songs by David Bowie and House of Pain, all taking on new life as breathed into them by the trio and sounding all like they should be stood next to one another.

Looking at tonight’s crowd which is as eclectic as the girls song choices, you can see a mile wide on everyone’s faces all night, and in there lies the Lounge Kittens greatest strength is that they manage to take songs you love, flip them on their head, make them their own and they use them to bring people together.

You can also tell that this moment here in their home town in front of friends and family is a somewhat emotional moment for them as well, which adds to the overall feel and atmosphere in the room this evening, there is a special quality in the air that is palpable and lends a little extra magic.

Tonight was one of the most fun gigs that I have ever been privy to, and that if you have been on the fence about The Lounge Kittens, then you are currently missing out on one of most fun and refreshing acts around today, and without a doubt one of the most fun gigs you will ever see. Now is definitely the time to join the C-Bomb Squad.

9.5 / 10

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