LIVE: The Lounge Kittens @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester (13/10/2016)

Credit: Promo

Date: October 13th 2016
Venue: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Support: Jay Foreman


Covers are fun, right? Well, most of the time at least. If an artist or band covers another artist’s or band’s work but do very little to change it from its original interpretation, then really, what’s the point? The Lounge Kittens are all about the innovative and original covers, and doing them just right is what has set them up as being favourites cross the rock and metal community lately. Now, they’re on a full headline tour of the UK.

Opening up with a bit of musical comedy, Jay Foreman [6] initially comes across a bit, well, cringey. His self-introduction of coming onstage, asking the crowd to pretend he hasn’t already, to then walk off and call himself on again is overly done, and only worthy of pity laughs. However, it’s when we start getting into the songs and actual meat of content that he comes into his own. Seriously, there are songs about caterpillar sick, a love for jam, John Lennon, and carrying around a penguin in your rucksack being discussed here, and even a dark take on the universally known ‘Ten Green Bottles’ rhyme.

Adorned in the same blue sparkly dresses that they’re wearing on the cover of their recent album ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’, Southampton trio The Lounge Kittens [9] are classy and sophisticated (for the most part, there was a T-Rexican wave) and oh so talented. Their take of ‘Poison’ by Alice Cooper starts off a magical evening where their lounge spins consume and transform almost every genre, from the R&B chart botherer ‘Yeah’ by Usher, the mosh pit anthem ‘Bodies’ by Drowning Pool, to the world-renowned classic of ‘Africa’ by Toto.

Where The Lounge Kittens truly pull out the punches though is with their medleys. All of the pop-punk favourites are mashed into one flurry of goodness, from Good Charlotte, Paramore, Sum 41, and Fall Out Boy, and by the end they’ve miraculously spliced over ten songs and made them into one. The Prodigy also get cuts from their discography pushed into one body of work, and even a Sean Paul mash-up rears its head.

The Lounge Kittens claim that there’s literally no one they wouldn’t cover, and it’s true. They can do pretty much anything, and rightfully claim it as their own.

Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)