Darn, it is good to see the descriptor "riot grrrl" tied to a band that I can actually go watch. Pop punk band Kitten Forever lists influences including feminism, baby animals, getting laid and eating cake, all of which endear me to it for all eternity. The trio backs up its ethos with almost disgustingly catchy, fast tunes. It's no wonder Kitten Forever hails from Minneapolis, which I picture to be a magical city where awesome punk bands sprout fully formed, weed-like, out of basements.
The band has an upcoming release, Pressure, and the first single, "Famous Friends", shows how the gals have honed their pop-writing craft since 2009's Magical Realism. The production hits the sweet spot between polish and fuzz. The video for "Famous Friends" shows the trio singing and playing during a raucous bedroom party, sans pants, while friends dance around, throw confetti and light flares. Does feminism sometimes mean partying to punk rock in your skivvies? Heck yes it does.
Kitten Forever plays the VFW Thu., July 11, at 9 PM with Dogbreth, Diners, Needlecraft and Javier Ryan. $5.