Monday, November 16, 2009

Video Encounter: Kittens Ablaze "This Machine is Dying"

Kittens Ablaze's set at SXSW was one of the Top 5 I witnessed. That's saying something, considering I saw bands play for 6-8 hours a day for four straight days. One of the highlights of KA's set: Michelle, the cellist, smashing her instrument at the end of the second to last song. Completely unexpected; I didn't even realize what she was doing for a couple seconds. And then she whipped out another cello for the final tune. Here's video of some of the smashing. Unfortunately it misses the first swing, which hit one of her band mates in the arm.

My immediate thoughts during and after their set was "this is Ra Ra Riot with balls." It's not the most apt description, but it gets the point across.

Anyway, the Brooklyn-based band just released a video for "This Machine is Dying." One thing to note is that their drummer is the lead vocalist. This explains some of the live shots, which feature vocals without anyone appearing to sing them.

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