It seemed like only yesterday when Kittie came a calling to New York City, and in all actuality it was back in September if my Metal memory serves me correctly and yet despite this very recent visit, one cannot be anything less than pleased when these Canadian Metal chicks want to help make March Metal Madness all the more special by visiting us once again. They were doing the equivalent of a co-headlining tour with God Forbid and depending on where the show was taking place would swap the lead off spot every now and again. The show also featured Gwen Stacy and if you want to see the full concert report you can just click their logo below to be taken to the article on the main PiercingMetal.com site. We also recommend that you scroll further down this blog post to enjoy some additional candid moments and images that are only presented here from this very night.
One almost would think that the venue had changed it’s name if they looked up at the marquee at a particular instant and we felt that if it did, it would surely become a little more Metal by doing so. Imagine “B.B. Kittie’s – The House Of Metal”.
Of course the venue name remains the same but we couldn’t resist having a little fun based on the photo that we captured.
The girls in Kittie seem to love coming to NYC and I am not sure if its their love of the sights and the shopping as much as it is the love of their fans but as long as they visit we are all good with that. Backstage before the show I was able to catch a cool couple of moments and here we see a meeting of the Metal minds, or two lead singers just chilling out a little before slamming down the Metal justice.
Morgan was in good spirits before the gig and shows us her look of “surprise” to some extent. I think I yelled something like “Morgan! Think Fast!”
Not long after the crushing God Forbid set, or maybe we shot this one just before they took the stage, we found Mr. Doc Coyle present and accounted for so we snapped a shot of him with Kittie’s Tara and Morgan. Dare I say “The Doc Is In?” No, that would be too corny…..oops.
The guys in Gwen Stacy had really done a terrific set, and it was just bad timing that caused me to miss most of it since I really liked the songs that I got to hear. We asked the guys to do a traditional photo op in front of the B.B. King’s banner, especially since it was their very first time playing here.
We felt that both shots snared were amusing enough to share with you so here is the second one. Remember these guys are signed to Solid State Records and deliver Christian Metalcore like nobodies business. Pictured left to right are T.J., Geoff and Brent who handle drums, vocals and bass respectively.
We were missing one of the bands lineup in these shots and I had no idea where he went off to but eventually caught up with him and as luck would have it, got him on digital media with the lovely Morgan Lander.
The singer’s playful nature came to the fore as she stretched the limits of her hoodie and ended up looking like something out of a Chuck Norris or Ninja movie as a result. I’m not even sure this was a hoodie, but it was surely perfect as a quick disguise for when the charming lass “vant’s to be alone…..”
In the main article we mentioned how the lead singer from the band Acrassicauda was at the show and he was having a blast without question. We’ve met Faisal a couple of times in the recent past and we happy to capture a bunch of candid moments of him and some of the folks hanging around at the show. Enjoy this little additional segment free of charge of course.
Here’s Faisal with God Forbid’s Byron Davis. Sadly the rest of the band were outside loading up the gear to the truck for the next go round of Metal delivery so we couldn’t get them all in one shot. The two singers will have to be enough. Oh yes, but wait, there is much more coming up so just keep on reading.
Now that the show was over the band could finally relax and unwind before packing up and heading off to the next city. When Faisal met up with Morgan Lander (as you see in the photo above) he was happy to be able to speak to her and one of the things he made sure to mention was how many fans he had met of theirs in parts of the world such as Syria and Turkey and more. Talk about Metal being a Global experience. That is a wonderful thing to learn if you asked me.
Here’s Faisal and drummer Mercedes Lander. I hope she was feeling better by the end of the show because touring and being ill are not things that one wants to find happening together. We prescribe lots of soup and tea and look forward to seeing you slam those skins again soon.
Since Faisal also plays the guitar in Acrassicauda, my guess is that he was also talking a little shop with lead shredder of Kittie, the cool and always pleasant Miss Tara McLeod. For some reason by this point of the night I had given her the nickname of “T-Mac”. Fortunately, she thought it was funny, never a bad thing. We mentioned in the review article about how much ass she was kicking with her guitar during the show and we feel she is an inspiration to those younger female guitar players out there who want to brave this road.
Ivy’s turn and it was cool to finally see her in one spot as opposed to her wild running back and forth on the stage. Of course this is perfect for the show’s sake and we think she is a killer musician and a great show person to boot. Good stage presence is very important in a band of this kind and we feel that Ivy brought a lot of additional excitement to the mix.
As you can see by the photo above we managed to get the whole Kittie group together for a shot with Faisal and yes I know what you might be thinking – it’s a tough life being a musician. Please don’t get mad at Faisal for all of this because I had a hand in getting them all done. He is too new to our customs to be blamed for any of it, and Faisal if anyone gives you crap about these images just give them the standard line of “don’t hate the Player, hate the Game”. They should know what you mean.
I couldn’t resist not being a part of the whole visual fun that I was presenting to the readers for a moment and one can never have too many photos with Miss Lander, so here is a new one from the show. Make sure you check out the ladies new album In the Black. It’s a great album and show how much the girls can do. We also think you would enjoy Faisal’s band Acrassicauda, and you should check out their EP Only The Dead See The End Of The War. That’s some powerful Thrash Metal from a faraway land.