Mr. Kitty’s Time Slated for September 23 release
The past 12-18 months have been particularly full of great dark electronic releases. On September 23, that steady stream continues with the release of Mr. Kitty’s Time on Negative Gain Productions. The album will be released as a CD, digital download, and limited edition cassette with a bonus track. All versions purchased through the Negative Gain Bandcamp page will receive a digital download.
The album is a spectacle from the very beginning. Dark electronic bands tend to be pegged as all having the same vocal style; however, Mr. Kitty proves that is not the case with a wide range of vocal performances on just this single record. The album should appeal to fans of synthpop and new wave, and particularly dark wave. The final grade for the album is a solid B+ – it’s interesting, varied, well produced, and well performed from start to finish. It’s well above the status quo in dark electronic genres.
Mr. Kitty was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Having recently been on tour with Alter Der Ruine, we asked him about his thoughts on the dark electronic music scene and who would win in an ultimate nacho throwdown between himself and Alter Der Ruine.
Unappreciated Scholars: I have to ask about the name Mr.Kitty. I’ve seen it associated with you all around the Internet, but what is the significance or meaning, if there is one?
Mr. Kitty: The idea of the name came from a book called “ファッション猫” (Fashion Cats). I saw a cat wearing a bowtie and a hat; it looked distinguished. I do like cats, but the project has nothing to do with cats and has no reflection on the sound. The name just stuck, I guess.
Where has been your favorite place to play live so far? And where would you like to play that you haven’t already?
Playing in England was very surreal! The enthusiasm and interest that the fans have over there is very uplifting. I totally want to go back. One of the places that I would really like to play is Japan. It has been a big dream of mine to play over there because it seems like a totally different planet over there.
Dark electronic music seems to struggle in the US mainstream, but the underground scene seems alive and well. What challenges do you face in sustaining your art?
When people go to a concert, they expect to see a full band. It’s kind of weird seeing one person do all of the work, so people are kind of puzzled about what exactly is happening. The audience for dark electronic music is big, it’s just really segregated. You could have an awesome show at a venue that caters to a more general crowd, but none of the goths or people that are really into will go because they don’t want to be seen around people that are not like them. You could have the same line-up at a goth club, but all of the people that want to see it that aren’t goth won’t go just because it’s at a goth club. I find it kind of stupid that people can’t come together to see something that they both like just because they are “different”. People are weird.
What are the top ten songs that have influenced you over the years?
Chromatics – Back From The Grave
capsule – JUMPER
Jennifer – If You Were Here
Trust – Sulk
QT – Hey QT
Vĩnh Thuyên Kim – It’s Maybe
The Knife – Forest Families
Chief Keef – Love Sosa
WINK – Turn It Into Love
Le1f – Swerve
Who wins in a nacho-eating contest – Mr.Kitty or Alter Der Ruine?
I can tear up a mean dish of nachos. My nacho eating game is too strong. I’m not sure if Alter Der Ruine can handle it.
Time will be available on digital, CD, and cassette beginning September 23, but you can preview and preorder today.