Born Casual, Kitten, And The Neighbourhood At Showbox SoDo 4/2
On April 2nd, California rockers The Neighbourhood led their headlining tour into Seattle at the iconic Showbox SoDo. We arrived late thanks to myself and Kelly’s terrible timing skills and missed the first set, Born Casual. We were, however, able to experience indie rock band Kitten tear up the stage. Hailing from Los Angeles, Kitten formed in 2009 with the release of their first EP “Sunday School”following in 2010.
Walking into this set was a great way to start to the night. The first thing I saw was lead singer Chloe Chaidez dominating the stage with energy reminiscent of Gwen Stefani in her No Doubt days. If you’re not familiar with them, it means she’s a complete badass! The crowd seemed to be in tune with the energy that Kitten was exuding, and having never listened to them before, I have to admit-it was hard not to become fascinated by their awesome stage presence and gritty rock & roll aura.
The music itself contained so much variety that it was easily enjoyable. Some songs had that funky 80’s synth that made people dance, and others had those rock and roll guitar solos that have you on the floor whipping your hair around while attempting to air-guitar. Of course they didn’t leave out songs like Sugar and G#, where Chloe’s strong vocals shone through and filled the room. She also managed to climb one of the light fixtures and sang while doing so. I was quite impressed because I can almost promise you that being in a mini-skirt with tights holding a microphone and climbing a metal fixture is not easy. Rock on Chloe, rock on!
Following Kitten we were only able to catch a bit of The Neighbourhood, and I must say- the vocals were out of this world. Smooth, melodic and slightly sensual; frontman Jesse Rutherford has definitely got it going on. The vibe was a bit more ominous and the stage itself transformed into a black and white foggy paradise occupied by five extremely talented men.
Check out the sweet pictures that Kelly during her 52 seconds in the photo pit: