||THE LOUNGE KITTENS LEAVE THE BODIES ON THE FLOOR IN EDINBURGH
The Lounge Kittens: The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sunday 23th October 2016
When Texan Metallers Drowning Pool wrote their signature tune 'Bodies' as a tribute to the mosh pits at their shows I am sure they never envisaged it being performed by three glamorous women in sequins in three part harmony. Here lies the magic of The Lounge Kittens.
Somehow this Southampton trio are able to work some kind of multi-layered magic on songs they choose to cover. In the case of 'Bodies' there is no mosh pit here (just a sea of smiling faces including the occasional black t-shirt clad Metaller) and an ironic twist to the song yet the musicality of the original is respected and even savoured. The effort in putting together a version that is at times comical yet hints at the intensity of the original is musically really impressive and above all a lot of fun.
Their Rammstein medley (another track from their debut album 'Sequins And C-Bombs) is no less impressive, with all the electronics and vocal twists and even the drive and epic sound of the mighty Germans somehow distilled down to three voices and a piano. What voices though.
Standing near to the stage I could hear them clearly above the PA. Timia Gwendoline has a beautifully deep tone to her voice balancing out Zan Lawther and Jenny Deacon's higher ranges an allowing them to make some quite astonishing sounds and harmonies together. I love great singers and all three band members qualify here but I have to say that the amount of sheer power at times coming out of Ms Deacon's slender frame was astounding. If the PA ever breaks down at one of their shows I think they will be fine.
Of course there is much more than just Metal songs in the Kittens' arsenal and there is an affectionate pop-punk medley challenging the audience to a speedy game of name that tune but then they also slowed down the whole of The Offspring's 'Want You Bad', turning it into a tender love ballad just to make things a bit easier. They show their hip hop credentials by recording live loops in front of the audience to show how the vocals are built up to make their super energised version of 'House Of Pain's 'Jump Around' and do Toto's 'Africa' straight faced with a beautiful arrangement of a song they obviously love.
On top of all this imaginative musicality we get a huge amount of fun between songs as well. When I see these three in action I always feel like they're having their own party and just let the audience join in. Always smiling, laughing, joking, enjoying every second of what they do, it's infectious. They are happy to wind each other up on stage so we are told that Timia is Grumpy Kitten, Jenny is the one the internet thinks is most likely to be a screamer and Zan is the band's functioning alcoholic, all tongue in cheek of course. However the resultant vibe is a room packed full of smiling, happy faces grooving away to those harmonies driven along by Jenny's jaunty piano not to ignore her amazing use of eyebrows as she sings.
Closing out the show tonight we get a medley of songs from artists that played the Isle Of Wight festival with them in 2015 and another lively game of name that tune breaks out with everything from Status Quo to The Buzzcocks being seamlessly covered in a hectic few minutes.
These three lovely ladies make it seem easy but they have put a hell of a lot of hard work into creating their own unique niche in the rock and roll playbook. There's no one else like them out there and when they decide to throw a few sequins and c-bombs your way just relax and enjoy the smile it brings to your face. Irresistible.
The Lounge Kittens support Status Quo on their very final electric dates in December.
Thursday 8th December: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Friday 9th December: Bournemouth Bic, Bournemouth
Sunday 11th December:The 02 Arena, London
Tuesday 13th December: Brighton Centre, Brighton
Wednesday 14th December: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Friday 16th December: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Saturday 17th December: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Monday 19th December: Manchester Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 20th December: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday 22nd December: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Friday 23rd December: Echo Arena, Liverpool
Tickets for these shows are available here.