Kittie, Morgan Lander Interview – The ‘Perfect Time’ for Kittie


Morgan Lander of Kittie

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

Morgan Lander of Kittie joins Anne Erickson for an in-depth interview about the status of the band

Kittie fans are in luck, as the longstanding metal band band is back in full force. Last year, Kittie played a handful of high-profile festivals. This year, they’re already lined up to perform at the Sick New World festival in Las Vegas in May, with more shows to be announced.

If you ask frontwoman Morgan Lander, she’ll tell you that Kittie are here to say. The timing feels “more right” for the band today, and they have lots of life ahead.

“I think we have a lot of plans coming up. Not too much that I can share, but definitely more shows are in the works,” she told Audio Ink Radio in a new interview. “I don’t think that it’s ever going to be something that we’ll be able to do full-time and tour nine months out of the year. It’s just not feasible and not even really cost-effective, to be honest with you, from that standpoint, as well. But, I think that we are going to make the band and music and shows a priority for the next few years, so that just means you’ll be seeing and hearing more of us.”

She added, “We’ll see what sort of shakes. We’ve got some interesting things coming down the pipeline, so I think, without giving too much away, I feel like the next few years will be very interesting and very exciting for the band.”

So, what about the possibility of new music? “It’s definitely something that’s on our to-do list,” Lander said. “It’s something we’ve been really interested in… it’s definitely something we want to do when the timing is right, when the situation is right, and it’s all starting to come together and feel more right. I guess it’s the perfect time.”

Switching gears to the big Pantera reunion, Lander is all for it. However, she says it does feel the like the heart of the band is missing.

“I’m a big Pantera fan. I’ve been a fan for a long time. We toured with them on OzzFest in 2000, so I got to see Pantera live quite a bit. I regret that I was too young for the early-’90s Pantera, but I did get to see them on OzzFest and at a number of shows for ‘Reinventing the Steel,’ and I actually got to stand side stage for their very last show ever in Japan…so, that’s all my Pantera backstory.”

She continued, “When I heard about it, I wasn’t mad about it. I feel like it is weird, because I feel like the heart and soul of that band were the Abbott brother, and everything about their playing- and not like I could ever compare myself to any of them, but I understand what it’s like to have a sibling in a band, and you play together for so long that you connect on a differed level. When they played, they had a certain swagger and connected on a certain level together, and that’s just something that comes with time and practice and all those things, but also that bond of being siblings. I know they were very close, obviously.”

Even so, Lander was “really excited” to see the reincarnation of Pantera. “We played the very first show that they were doing the reunion thing at, the Hell or Heaven festival in Mexico, but we weren’t able to get to the venue in time to see the show, so I didn’t get to see it myself with my own eyes. But, I was very excited to see it. But, it’s weird to me that it fees like the soul of the band is gone, but there were a lot of people who never got to see Pantera, and I’m sure their shows are great, and with time, they’ll get even better, and they’re doing a ton of stuff this year, and and I definitely want to see the set and see them play, even if it’s just to hear some of my favorite tunes. But, I’m not team Phil and Rex or team Dime and Vinnie or whatever. From a fan perspective, it’s cool to be able to see and hear those songs live again.”

Listen to the full Audio Ink Radio interview with Morgan Lander of Kittie via the YouTube player above, or on the podcast on Apple Podcasts here and Spotify here.

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

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