When your dad is a drummer in the L.A. punk scene, it's not surprising that you might find yourself making music of your own one day. Raised in the California music scene, Chloe Chaidez began performing bass guitar by the age of ten and two years after was an opening act for artists such as Band of Horses, Conor Oberst, and Midlake. She currently fronts the indie, punk-infused band, Kitten.
Kitten's first EP Sunday School, released in 2010, gave Chaidez a platform to unleash a signature style described as late-70s post punk married with sonic textures associated with British new wave. Chaidez is a powerful vocalist and very much an original in terms of pushing the boundaries of gender and music. In an interview for mtviggy.com, Chaidez gives a nod to an unlikely decade of professional inspiration for her: the 80s: "A lot of singers in the ’80s weren’t afraid of challenging their voices, and getting into a character while they sang, and I find that very inspiring. I also feel there was very clever and brilliantly choreographed production happening in the ’80s that was groundbreaking for pop music. Production wise, it doesn’t get much better than a 1985 Tears for Fears record. The sound and attention to detail is still inspiring. And yes, Annie Lenox is indeed one of my favorite singers, mainly because she’s in one of my favorite bands."
In addition to Sunday School, Kitten has released two other EPs: Cut it Out and most recently Like a Stranger. A full-length disc is on the horizon in 2014.
Sample "Like a Stranger," and be sure to check out all of the tunes on I AM THAT GIRL's Music Monday's playlist, updated each week!
Featured image via kittentheband.com & Elektra Records