KITTIE’s Latest Record Was Partly Inspired By the When We Were Young Festival


Kittie initially regrouped for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in September 2022, but the catalyst for their return album Fire came a few months later. During an interview with Metal Hammer, drummer Mercedes Lander of Kittie revealed that everything kicked off when the band simply couldn’t resist an invitation from the When We Were Young festival.

“I still remember the moment we received the offer from When We Were Young in our inbox. I captured a screenshot and sent it to Morgan, asking, ‘What’s your take on this?'” shared drummer Mercedes Lander of Kittie.

“It was an outstanding offer, almost too good to pass up. The individual offering us the opportunity was very insistent. It’s because of him that we’re in the process of making an album now. However, I appreciate his perseverance because this wouldn’t have materialized otherwise.”

Vocalist Morgan Lander from Kittie then added her input on where the magic really transpired. Morgan recounted how Kittie crossed paths with Ash Avildsen, the founder of Sumerian Records, at the festival, who expressed his interest in releasing a comeback album for Kittie should they consider it.

“He mentioned, ‘I want you to seriously contemplate it. I’d be thrilled to release a Kittie album’,” shared Morgan. “He said, ‘It doesn’t matter if you haven’t begun working on music yet.’ And we replied, ‘That’s good, because we haven’t!’ This was not in our plans. We didn’t anticipate this. It all snowballed from there.”

Kittie will headline five exclusive concerts in North America this month, next month, and throughout August, commemorating Fire alongside timeless hits and lesser-played tracks. The events will showcase a mix of supporting acts, and you can secure your tickets here.

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“We are extremely excited to lead several exclusive shows this summer in promotion of our upcoming album,” stated Kittie about the performances. “Anticipate a blend of new and classic tracks, spanning our 25-year journey so far. We are eager to bring back some old favorites and revive songs that haven’t been performed live in decades! Though limited, expect more shows to be revealed later. We’ve missed you, and we’re eager to meet you again!”

7/12 Toronto, ON History (w/ Vile Creature)
7/19 New York, NY Palladium Times Square (w/ Unearth, Within The Ruins & Stabbing)
8/2 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (w/ Upon A Burning Body)
8/4 Dallas, TX The Studio at The Factory (w/ Upon A Burning Body)
8/23 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall (w/ VCTMS & Conquer Divide)


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