Kittie, Morgan Lander Interview – ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’

2021-03-08

Morgan Lander of Kittie

Morgan Lander of Kittie – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Whitney South

Kittie vocalist and guitarist Morgan Lander joins Anne Erickson to discuss the future of the band, what’s new in her world and more in this in-depth interview

Kittie have been quite for the past few years, but that’s all changed, as the Canadian metal band has booked two major gigs for 2022: one at Las Vegas’s When We Were Young festival and the other at Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, Virginia. Get used to it, too, as vocalist and guitarist Morgan Lander says Kittie are back for the long-haul.

“It’s pretty wild. I felt for quite a few years there I didn’t really have much to talk about to a lot of people who wanted to chat or do a podcast or whatever,” Lander tells Audio Ink Radio in a new interview. “It’s like, not much to report. We did the documentary stuff and released the “Live at the London Music Hall,” as well, and after that, it was sort of like, not really too much going on. But, all of a sudden, 2022 is shaping up to be pretty wild!”

Kittie were never really retired, but it kind of feels like it. “It’s so weird, the idea of coming out of retirement,” Lander says. “But, last fall, we received an email from the people that were putting together the When We Were Young fest, and they were very persistent in trying to see if they could get Kittie. It was something that at the time – actually, I think when I received the email, I was actually in the studio in Montreal recording vocals for the Karkaos album, which is my other band – and so, that was the farthest thing from my mind at that time. But, after some soul searing and some discussions, we decided it would be a neat thing to explore. It seems like every five years, something happens, and we get the itch to do it.”

Kittie recently celebrated the 22nd anniversary of their gold-certified 2000 debut album, “Spit.” When asked, Lander says she has great memories from that time in Kittie’s history.

“I remember it being very hectic, but also, we were so young and naïve and didn’t really know what was to come. It was all very exciting, and we were all very young and kind of eager to see what was going to happen. But, I don’t think we had that big of expectations. I think the plan was just to put the album out and maybe do a couple of tours and that was it, and then it ended up taking on a life of its own. But, I remember being pretty bewildered by a lot of the stuff that happened after the album was released.”

While Lander says Kittie will only perform the aforementioned two shows in 2022, she expects more to surface in 2023. “That’s it for this year,” she says. “Next year, we definitely will, but I think those opportunities will come later on.”

“We don’t have anything set in stone,” she adds, “but I think it’s something that, like I said before, once these doors are open, I think we can expect to feel comfortable doing a few more little things here and there and hopefully we’ll be able to do some more one-offs in the States and Europe and that type of thing, so the possibilities are endless.”

Listen to Kittie vocalist Morgan Lander’s full interview with Audio Ink Radio below and via the podcast.

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Posted by Anne Erickson | Features, Interviews, Metal, Music