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Ian Sutherland

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs alongside the citys official International Festival, has grown over the years to become the worlds largest arts festival. Every year in August the population of the city doubles and thousands of performers descend on Scotlands capital.

The range of content on offer is seemingly inexhaustible, from kids shows to circus acts, comedy to classical theatre, political discussions to folk singing, it's all there. However this year, among the more than 3000 shows you can see, there is as usual a lack of Metal, one culture that seems to be missed out most of the time.

So the task of flying the flag for the Metal community at this years festival was left in the unusual but very capable hands of The Lounge Kittens, three ladies from Southampton who have been causing a very colourful stir everywhere they've been recently.

Exploiting the crossover potential of their chosen set up of three smooth voices, a piano and a love of rock and Metal cover songs mixed with an irreverent and occasionally bawdy sense of humour, they have put together a show for the Fringe called 'Everybody Hates The Lounge Kittens'. This consists of them playing a few of their best known songs while illustrating them with comments made on the internet about them and their videos.

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Anyone who has ever looked at the comments below any of their YouTube videos will be aware that there are many poisonous and deluded individuals out there, so it is to the Kittens' credit that they have the confidence, the thick skins and the humour to take this bile and use it to their advantage.

You always get the impression when you see these three women together that they are having the time of their lives and so it seems tonight. Not all of the comedy set up around the internet comments works perfectly but they are so happy to send themselves up while at the same time excoriating the authors of this nonsense that it simply doesn't matter.

Whether doing a show like this or a straight music gig there is a sense of sheer joy from the stage which is just impossible to resist and if you're not singing along, you are smiling or laughing.

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Musically tonight we got a few of their better known covers, such as the brilliantly arranged versions of Limp Bizkit's 'Rollin'' and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. They may play it for laughs but there is some real musical talent here too and as someone who loves to hear great singing there is a huge amount to enjoy from all three ladies, individually and in their simply superb harmonies.

Predictably some of the most critical attacks they have had online were in response to their cover of Slipknot's 'Duality'. Personally I think it's really interesting to hear any Slipknot song brought down to basics and done in a way so you can actually hear the lyrics. Of course the hardcore "maggots" fanbase don't agree and there were so many threats and insults that blue haired Timia (the shocking pink one is Zan and the piano playing redhead Jenny) got to illustrate them using her love of graphs and pie charts.

These lovely, brilliant ladies are having the last laugh, being ever more successful, playing with people like Limp Bizkit and Status Quo and tonight they delighted in sticking a literal and metaphorical finger up at their detractors and finishing with another Slipknot number 'Wait And Bleed'.

They even make the comment: "Three whiny bitches and a keyboard" on their advertising posters. There is no resisting this trio. They are The Lounge Kittens and you will be purring along with them sometime soon.

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The Lounge Kittens are at the Edinburgh Fringe daily until August 13th. They will be playing dates in October in the UK with a full music show in support of their forthcoming album 'Sequins & C-Bombs'.



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