Before The Lounge Kittens rocked up into our lives, you would have been forgiven for not realising the need for a trio of smiling women with funky hair playing twisted up covers of all your favourite rock and pop tracks, but now we can hardly wonder where we would be without the cheeky Southampton cats.
‘Sequins & C-Bombs’ continues the trend of unlocking all kinds of songs from the last few decades, and the girls leave no stone unturned with singalong hits from Bowie, Rammstein, and Usher all making the track listing. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the latest offering from The Lounge Kittens as they capture the essence of their live show perfectly, and join the likes of Me First & The Gimme Gimmes and Richard Cheese as being more than just a cover band.
Fans of the band will vouch that Zan Lawther, Timia Gwendoline and Jen Deacon‘s live show includes medleys of songs from all over the musical universe, and are able to apply their set to whichever target audience they find themselves in. With a full-length record and no ties thanks to the hugely successful PledgeMusic campaign means that we get to see the Kittens with no limits or boundaries.
The result is a completely mixed bag of randomly perfect songs, all with a common theme of friendly, good-time attitude so good that the girls make you feel like the songs are being played live in your living room. The charming commentary of the speaking sections in System Of A Down‘s ‘Bounce’ and Usher‘s ‘Yeah’ makes for a tongue-in-cheek personal experience, and the superbly British accents make it homely and warming.
The ballads of ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ a la The Darkness and Mumford & Sons‘ ‘The Cave’ show off the softer side of The Lounge Kittens, their true prowess for emotion fuelled arrangements, and, in the case of their new take on The Offspring classic ‘Want You Bad’, how they can alter songs for a completely different meaning.
If you aren’t a fan of some of the bands covered then don’t let that put you off one bit; ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’ is a triumphant bundle of joy that truly is for everybody, so listen and share with all your friends, family, people on the street, pets, and everybody else with ears and a smile.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)
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