Kitty Little, To Hell and Back
did you want to be when you grew up? Extremely misquoted
your favorite album of all time? Everything by Minor
Threat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Pixies . . .
was your first live concert experience? Local hardcore
shows around 1990. The first couple of shows I went to I don’t
really know who played because I was too scared to go in.
Plus my mother was there.
the first album you bought? Run-DMC Raising Hell—RIP
Jam Master Jay.
your guiltiest musical pleasure? Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
would be in your dream band? All the guys from Creed,
Korn, Limp Bizkit, with George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, John
Ashcroft playing a marathon version of “Sweet Home Alabama”
on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Then suddenly the
studio is attacked by a stealth bomber piloted by a crazed
John Tesh. All are lost in the tragic event.
your dream groupie? Groupies? It sounds so dirty.
I’m not that kind of a boy. I’m nice.
the best thing about the area’s music scene? All the
great bands and people that make this town what it is. Diversity,
lots of diversity.
the worst thing about the area’s music scene? Lack
of unity. Lack of quality spaces to play.
can’t imagine living without . . . Cookies.
people don’t know that I’m actually . . . Not Matt
the Kamikaze Hearts
did you want to be when you grew up? I thought that
the world was going to end before I finished high school.
Somewhat problematic for future “plans.” Sometimes, I can’t
believe we’re still here.
your favorite album of all time? The album that has
been with me the longest is R.E.M.’s Fables of the Reconstruction.
was your first live concert experience? The first
concert that affected me enough to remember was the Bobby
Watson Quintet with Victor Lewis on drums at Skidmore College
sometime in the early to mid-’90s. The show was part of the
Skidmore Summer Jazz program. I can still see Victor’s solid
stone eyes, staring down the audience as he threw down the
fastest, baddest drumming I’d ever seen. Everything was different
from then on.
the first album you bought? Sesame Street Christmas
on cassette? Air Supply’s Greatest Hits? Bruce Hornsby?
your guiltiest musical pleasure? (Note: this isn’t
“guilty” to me) “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”—Backstreet
Boys; “Animal”—Def Leppard; “Electric Blue”—Ice House; etc.
would be in your dream band? Lock the Emerson String
Quartet in a room with Tom Burre composing while Sarah Paul
leads a choir over the “neo”-genius of George Muscatello (on
the Leaf Blower); Brian Blade would be on one side of the
room handling rhythmic texture, with Jim Black on the other
side handing down the bombast and, lest I forget, the Jersey
Band horns—maybe the whole Jersey Band?
your dream groupie? I stopped dreaming when I realized
that the world was going to end.
the best thing about the area’s music scene? Matto
Laque + countless others who continue to bring local gems
together for amazing shows. I’m constantly amazed by incredible
new groups and the progression of existing units. My favorite
things about the music in the area are the extremely low pretension
level and the purity of inspiration and ideas.
the worst thing about the area’s music scene? The
aesthetics of most local “venues.” Can we blame nonmusicians
for not wanting to check out new music?
can’t imagine living without . . . new instruments
to stumble upon.
people don’t know . . . that I prefer being
called “Matthew” instead of “Matt.”
AWAY: Former Small Axe bassist Jimbo Burton
unveils his new project, Blackloud, at Caffe Lena on
Wednesday (7 PM, $5). Burton will be playing two sets of approximately
a dozen songs each, a few of them from his impressive Octave
Drops/Bad Sounds double CD, but the remainder of them
unrecorded and unreleased. Expect some electronics, some bass,
some guitar and lots of vocals in this solo performance—but
don’t expect something that sounds like a Small Axe clone,
as Burton’s songwriting muse takes him in a variety of stylistic
and lyrical directions different from those he pursued with
his former band. See www.blackloud.com for more news and to
sample some of Burton’s new compositions and recordings.
OF THEIR DEMISE ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED: And speaking
of Small Axe, despite rumors to the contrary, the group are
not breaking up following Burton’s departure. Guitarist-vocalist
D.J. Miller and drummer Thom Hall played a show at the Lark
Tavern a couple of weeks back as a two-piece, and are taking
their time figuring out what the future holds—and who might
ultimately anchor the bass position in the band. Bear in mind,
though, that when founding drummer Dave Burton left the band,
it took ‘em nearly a year to land Hall . . . so this could
be a slow evolutionary process. Keep up with the band at www.smallaxe