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Background information
OriginLondon, Ontario, Canada
  • Heavy metal
  • death metal
  • alternative metal
  • groove metal
  • nu metal
Years active1996 (1996)–present
LabelsE1, X of Infamy, Artemis, Ng
Associated actsThe Alcohollys
MembersMorgan Lander
Mercedes Lander
Tara McLeod
Past membersTanya Candler
Fallon Bowman
Talena Atfield
Lisa Marx
Jennifer Arroyo
Ivana "Ivy" Vujic
Trish Doan

Kittie (stylized as KiTTiE) are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario, in 1996. They have released six studio albums, one video album, four extended plays, thirteen singles and thirteen music videos. The band chose "Kittie" as their band name because the name "seemed contradictory".[1]

Kittie formed in 1996 when Fallon Bowman and Mercedes Lander met in gym class. Morgan Lander became the lead vocalist and one of Kittie's guitarists and Tanya Candler completed the band's lineup on bass. After signing to NG Records, Kittie released their debut album Spit, which was certified gold by the RIAA and sold at least 600,000 copies in the United States. The band released Oracle in 2001 and Until the End in 2004. In 2005, Kittie parted ways with Artemis Records and created their own label. The band released Funeral for Yesterday in 2007 and signed to E1 Music in 2009. The band released In the Black in 2009 and I've Failed You in 2011. In 2014, Kittie made a documentary as a 20th anniversary of the band.

Kittie has been categorized under multiple genres of rock music, especially heavy metal genres, including death metal, nu metal and alternative metal. Originally a nu metal band, Kittie changed their style later, using elements of genres such as black metal and death metal.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Formation and early years (1996–2004)
    • 1.2 Funeral for Yesterday (2005–2007)
    • 1.3 In the Black (2008–2010)
    • 1.4 I've Failed You and Not So... Safe (2011–2013)
    • 1.5 Documentary and death of Trish Doan (2014–present)
  • 2 Musical style and influences
  • 3 Timeline
  • 4 Band members
  • 5 Discography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Formation and early years (1996–2004)

Kittie was formed in 1996[3] when drummer Mercedes Lander and guitarist Fallon Bowman met in gym class.[4] Mercedes' sister Morgan Lander became the lead vocalist and guitarist after weeks of Fallon and Mercedes jamming.[3] Tanya Candler completed the lineup by joining as the bassist. Kittie made demos and started playing concerts in 1998.[3] The band played concerts at Call the Office and the Embassy and signed up for Canadian Music Week in 1999.[3] Kittie approached Jake Weiner, a person who was second in command at NG Records. The band went up to Jake and made him see them play live and Jake and the rest of NG Records signed Kittie in the summer of 1999.[3] Kittie got signed to the NG Records-distributed record label Artemis Records and producer Garth Richardson acquired Kittie's demo.[4] NG Records was bought out by Artemis Records. Therefore, Kittie ended up on Artemis Records.[3] Kittie released their debut album Spit on Artemis Records[5] and toured with the band Slipknot.[6] Although Kittie's album Spit was finished in August 1999, it wasn't released until January 2000.[7] The album is the band's most successful album, being certified gold by the RIAA.[4][8] Spit has sold at least 600,000 copies in the United States and at least 40,000 copies in Canada.[9] Bassist Tanya Candler was replaced by bassist Talena Atfield.[4]

Their debut album and supporting tour earned Kittie coverage in Metal Edge, whose readers voted Morgan Lander for "Female Performer of the Year" and Spit for "Home Video of the Year" in the magazine's 2000 Readers' Choice Awards. The band was also voted "New Band of the Year", "Who's Going to be the Next Big Thing", and "Most Underrated Band", earning them a total of five Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards that year.[10] On July 11, 2000, Kittie made a home-video called Spit in Your Eye which featured interviews of the band and the band playing shows with the band Slipknot.[11]

In August 2001, Fallon Bowman left Kittie.[12] Bowman explained why she left the band, saying: "I was unhappy with some things in the band so I felt that maybe it was time for me to depart. I think it was for the best".[13] On October 30, 2001, Kittie released their second album Oracle.[14] Sounding more aggressive than "Spit",[15] the album features elements of death metal[14] and thrash metal.[16] Morgan Lander noted how the band members were only 14 years old when writing their debut album and said "We haven’t written in 4 or 5 years." She acknowledged a change in influence from their early days, stating, "Then we listened to bands like Nirvana, Silverchair, and Alice in Chains. Now we listen to stuff like Cannibal Corpse and Nile." However, the band would continue to write in the same fashion by first composing the music and then using that "as the backdrop behind the vocals."[17] The album Oracle was recorded with Morgan Lander as the sole guitarist. Fallon's position as guitarist was filled by Jeff Phillips who worked as Kittie's guitar technician. In 2002, Talena Atfield left the band and was replaced on bass by Jennifer Arroyo.[18] In 2004, the group added guitarist Lisa Marx, and Jeff Phillips went to work full-time on his side project, Thine Eyes Bleed.[4] On July 27, 2004, Kittie released their third studio album Until the End.[19]

Funeral for Yesterday (2005–2007)

Until March 2005, Kittie were signed to Artemis Records but parted ways with the label due to "a proposed amendment to the recording budget for the pending fourth Kittie album." Problems between the group and record label had been long speculated. In March 2004, Artemis and Kittie came to an out of court settlement over unpaid royalties and eleven breaches of contract by Artemis.[20]

On March 23, 2005, Morgan Lander reported that both Lisa Marx and Jennifer Arroyo had left the band.[21] Jennifer Arroyo's split was amicable while Lisa Marx's came as a surprise. As with Talena Atfield's departure from the band, unjustified rumours about financial reasons were cited;[citation needed] and in the case of Jennifer Arroyo, the desire to work outside of Kittie full-time was an additional factor. Jennifer Arroyo would go on to join Billy Graziadei of Biohazard to form Suicide City.[4]

In 2005, Kittie added two new members: Tara McLeod on guitar and Trish Doan on bass. In 2005, Morgan and Mercedes Lander’s clothing line, Poisoned Black clothing, started.[22] Morgan and Mercedes also appeared briefly in the documentaries Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and Heavy Metal - Louder than Life. On February 7, 2006, Kittie released their Never Again EP through Rock Ridge Music.[23] Also in 2006, vocalist Morgan Lander provided vocals on the song "It Turns to Rust", from the album In the Arms of Devastation, by the Canadian death metal band Kataklysm.[24]

Kittie created their own record label, Kiss of Infamy Records and used it to release their fourth studio album. The label name was later changed to "X of Infamy" after a cease-and-desist letter from attorneys representing Kiss Catalog Ltd. (the owner of the intellectual property rights pertaining to the musical group Kiss) alleging that the Kiss of Infamy trademark was "confusingly similar" to their client's trademark.[25] Kittie's fourth studio album Funeral for Yesterday was released on February 20, 2007 through their record label.[25] Along with the release of Funeral for Yesterday, Morgan Lander announced that Kittie would release a 45 minute-DVD with the CD.[26] In February 2007, Kittie toured as part of the Funeral for Yesterday Tour alongside Walls of Jericho, 36 Crazyfists, Dead To Fall, and In This Moment.[27]

In the Black (2008–2010)

On March 4, 2008, Kittie announced the departure of Trish Doan due to the eating disorder anorexia, which she developed during the recording of Funeral for Yesterday.[28] Doan had battled the disorder for nearly two years. Soon after, Ivy Vujic officially became the new bass player. On August 2, 2008, David Lander, father of band members Morgan and Mercedes and the band's manager, died of a heart attack.[29] Between October 18, 2008 and November 8, 2008, Kittie completed their first European tour in six years. The tour included dates in the Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.[30]

On June 26, 2009, it was announced that Kittie signed to the E1 Music record label.[31] The band's fifth studio album In the Black, was released on September 15, 2009.[31] Videos were shot for two singles, "Cut Throat" and "Sorrow I Know". "Cut Throat" premiered on MTV 2's Headbangers Ball on September 5, 2009 and on the Canadian show Much Loud on 20 September 2009. "Cut Throat" was also featured on the Saw VI Soundtrack released on October 20, 2009.[32] On September 16, 2009, an announcement was made that German label Massacre Records would distribute In the Black in Europe.[33]

In January 2010, Kittie returned to Europe to promote the album In the Black. Supporting bands on the tour included It Dies Today and Malefice. This tour included dates in Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. In a January 27, 2010 interview, Morgan Lander revealed that the band was in talks to film a video for the track "Die My Darling".[34] In March 2010, Kittie embarked on another North American tour with God Forbid, Periphery and Gwen Stacy as support. From May through June 2010, Kittie took part in the Happy Daze tour headlined by Insane Clown Posse and featuring Coolio, Kottonmouth Kings and Necro.[35]

Kittie participated in the 2010 Thrash and Burn tour through July and August which also featured Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, Evergreen Terrace, Stick to Your Guns, Chelsea Grin, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Impending Doom, Periphery and Greeley Estates.[36]

Kittie was the opening act for Devildriver's North American tour.[37]

I've Failed You and Not So... Safe (2011–2013)

Kittie's sixth studio album, titled I've Failed You, was released on August 30, 2011.[38] Two videos were released for the songs "We Are the Lamb" and "Empires (Part 2)".[39] In 2011, Mercedes Lander joined the all-female power pop band the Alcohollys featuring former Kittie bassist Tanya Candler. On February 13, 2012, Kittie announced that Ivy Vuijic was resigning from the band and that Trish Doan would be returning.[40] In September 2012, Kittie released a compilation called Not So... Safe.[41]

Documentary and death of Trish Doan (2014–present)

Starting in early 2014 Kittie started posting on their Facebook about a secret project that was in the works. On March 8 Kittie started posting photos on their Facebook and Instagram of past and present members all together in the same room with a camera. On March 28, 2014 Kittie dropped a largely successful indiegogo campaign[42] celebrating the impending 20th anniversary of the band with a DVD documentary featuring past and present members and a tell all book. Kittie reached their goal of $20,000 in 8 hours. Kittie have slated Rob McCallum to direct the documentary and Mark Eglinton to help pen the tell all biography. The campaign closed on April 28, 2014, with a total amount of $40,525 raised, 203% of the initial goal.[43]

In mid-October 2016, it was announced that drummer/vocalist Mercedes Lander had started a new sludge/doom metal band called the White Swan and released the single "Illuminate". The debut EP, Anubis, was released on November 1, 2016.[44][45]

On February 11, 2017, bassist Trish Doan died at the age of 31.[46][47]

Musical style and influences

Kittie has been put under multiple genres of music, especially heavy metal genres. Kittie have been categorized as groove metal,[49] nu metal,[50][51][52][53][54][55][56] gothic metal,[57] grindcore,[57] punk,[58] screamo,[52] alt-punk,[4] heavy metal,[59][60] extreme metal,[41] thrash metal,[61] hard rock,[62] death metal,[63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70] and alternative metal.[71][72] Kittie has often used death metal and black metal vocals in their songs and often had clean singing in those songs as well.[51][63][73][74] On the Spit album, Kittie used screaming, clean singing and rapping.[75][76] Kittie began as a nu metal band but then abandoned the nu metal style.[51] Kittie have been compared to bands such as Pantera,[77] Slayer[77] and Mudvayne.[78]

Kittie is often known for being an all-female band. Kittie's drummer Mercedes Lander said that she wants Kittie to be seen as just a metal band instead of a "girl metal" band saying “You don’t call Machine Head a ’boy metal band,’ you call them a metal band … Why should they make an exception [for us] just because of the gender? It’s almost exactly the same kind of music, except we don’t have penises”.[59]

The band cited bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Carcass, At the Gates, Acid Bath, Van Halen and Testament as their influences.[17][79] When Kittie made their debut album, the band were listening to bands such as Silverchair, Alice in Chains and Nirvana.[17]



Band members

Current members
  • Morgan Lander – lead vocals, guitars, piano (1996–present)
  • Mercedes Lander – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1996–present)
  • Tara McLeod – guitars (2005–present)
Former members
  • Tanya Candler – bass (1996–1999)
  • Fallon Bowman – guitars, backing vocals (1996–2001)
  • Lisa Marx – guitars (2004–2005)
  • Talena Atfield – bass (1999–2002)
  • Jennifer Arroyo – bass (2002–2005)
  • Ivana "Ivy" Vujic – bass (2007–2012)
  • Trish Doan – bass (2005–2007, 2012–2017; died 2017)
Session and touring members
  • Jeff Phillips – guitars (2001–2004), bass (2007)


For a more comprehensive list, see Kittie discography.
Studio albums
  • Spit (2000)
  • Oracle (2001)
  • Until the End (2004)
  • Funeral for Yesterday (2007)
  • In the Black (2009)
  • I've Failed You (2011)


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