This summer the Vera Project in Seattle had a thrilling headliner from California: Kitten. This band has singer Chloe Chaidez – an absolute superstar – at its helm. Chaidez, who co-writes all Kitten’s songs, performs as few people I have seen. For star quality, I’d put her up there with Mick Jagger. You might say, what? Jagger? Someone who could match Jagger? She’s a stunning presence, embracing a room with a set of pipes that could destroy you, and dance moves to match. I’ll interchangeably refer to Chaidez and the band as Kitten, so pardon any confusion that may cause.
Though still very young, Chaidez has been at this thing called music for quite a long time. For her July show she performed a huge, and enjoyable, group of songs. This year’s self-titled debut, Kitten, includes, among newer songs, several from her prior releases (3 already!), Like a Stranger, Cut It Out, and Sunday School My only complaint is that “Japanese Eyes” is not on the new album. She did, however, perform it at the show, plus some of my other favorites such as “Cut It Out,” “Like a Stranger,” “G#,” “I’ll Be Your Girl,” “Yesterday,” and “Sensible.” A trained gymnast, Chaidez pounced all over the stage.
She’ll open for Gary Numan this fall, which includes a set at Seattle’s Neptune on October 28th. I encourage you to check her out. Chaidez is someone that, if everything in the world aligns with her, should have a mega future.