Vicious Kitty has remixed and re-released “No More Waitin’,”a song off their self-titled 2018 EP. This new version has a more robust sound and a little more power and polish. It’s a super fun hard rock track, with an awesome wailing guitar, driving drums, and a great bass line holding it all together. The vocals are catchy and sneering, capturing a punk attitude that works well with the heaviness of the song. You can hear a lot of influence from the 60’s and 70’s, but it doesn’t sound dated. I could see it riling up a crowd; it seems like the kind of music that is supposed to be played live. It’s upbeat and danceable, despite its hard edge.
The Washington-based band is comprised of Matt Tantrum, Jimmy St. Bitchin, and Tony Terlicker, who are all long-time musicians and performers. They joined forces as Vicious Kitty around 2015, and started dropping music and music videos in 2018. You can hear how naturally playing comes to them all at this point; “No More Waitin’ (Remix)” is technically flawless. All the components work together to create a roller coaster of sound that you want to ride on again and again. It makes you want to headbang. It made me yearn for a dark crowded concert venue, sweaty strangers thrashing around me. (And that’s saying something, considering the times.)
It sounds like Vicious Kitty can’t wait to keep performing live, all three members mentioning in an interview how much they love riling up a crowd and want to keep playing shows. While the pandemic put a damper on the live music scene, it gave the band more time to work on a new album they plan on releasing next Spring. They want to drop a few more singles and a new music video as well on the way. They clearly have great tenacity when it comes to music and it would seem like they’ve found their groove. They know how the music scene works and they have a great vision and sound.
The harmonies in the vocals on “No More Waitin’ (Remix)” are excellent and definitely add a little extra something to the song. It makes it more auditorily interesting. It also brings in a tinge of 70’s hard rock and metal that’s timeless. The members of Vicious Kitty should be extremely pleased with themselves over the quality of this track. It’s the kind of music a kid would steal from their parents because it sounds effortlessly cool and is well composed and executed. Plus I think the “you think you’re special but you’re not” message of the song would appeal to teens, young adults, and pretty much any age group, especially if they enjoy hard rock/metal/punk. It draws the listener in just with the sheer liveliness of it.
It’s intriguing to see where Vicious Kitty will go from here, and what their new album will sound like. These guys have their claws out and they’re ready to shred the music scene.
by Julia Albano