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Run With The Kittens Release 6th Full-Length

Run With The Kittens at 3030 Dundas West
Run With The Kittens
3030 Dundas West in Toronto, ON
November 23, 2012

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

Releasing their sixth full length album, Letters From Camp, the Toronto-based Run With The Kittens selected 3030 Dundas West as their launching point.

It was my first time at the venue, but aside from the location (which isn't convenient for me), the place is really quite cool. It's larger than the photos on their website make it appear and they have good brews on tap at a bar that is located within easy reach to the surprisingly large stage.

It wasn't, however, my first time seeing Run With The Kittens, but it was my first time in a long time, and I'm happy I ended up there; I was originally scheduled to shoot The Who, but accreditation didn't come through. As important as I would have felt at that gig, I can tell you that I'm sure I had way more fun at Run With The Kittens.

The Kittens started their set with "Weight Of The World", the first track from their new album. Nate Milk (vocals, gutiar, mini accordian, other random instruments) started out with a performance that was relatively straight, but it only took a few songs for him to warm up and start to show his true stage persona. It's hard capture the full level of energy that Nate emits in either words or photos, but it is an undeniably charismatic combination of amusing, passionate, and lovable. His odd expressions, the witty banter between songs, and even the injection of somewhat amusing musical parts. The show comes across as a blend of skilled rock musicianship with lighthearted moments. Comparisons to Frank Zappa and Tenacious D (in particulaur, Jack Black) come to mind, but it would be misleading to say those are the only influencial elements of their music. Nate's musical team includes the very deft Champagne James Robertson (lead guitar), Jake Oelrichs (drums), and Nigel Hebbelwhite (bass).

Not every song was a great listen, but that doesn't mean they weren't all entertaining. Some of the more strange compositions, such as "How Hardcore Is Your Manticore" were flanked by much more musical and easily likable songs such as "Year Of The Hour". There were a lot of laughs, an abundance of excellent indie rock, and a great time being had by what appeared to be a sold out crowd at 3030 Dundas West.

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