Kitty Kat Dirt Nap
I am a Robot. I am Talking Like a Robot. I am a Robot.
With a label name like Wonkavision Records, I thought I’d end up with something sweeter and, I’ll admit it, more twee than the terribly derivative, post-Weezer emo nonsense of this disc. It’s hard to decide which is worse, the incessant barre-chord posturing or the painfully banal lyrics (“we’ve gone so far to turn back now,” “it feels alright to say goodnight,” “who could ask for anything more?” etc.) The worst song, by far, is the closer, “Theme (Song).” Here the band gives in to its latent screamo tendencies and combines them with quasi-rockabilly, with lead singer Adam Eckhoff spewing the line “1234, Kitty Kat Dirt Nap… YEAH!” ad nauseum. It’s been quite a while since I’ve heard paint-by-numbers indie rock done so blatantly in the wrong colors.
If there is any justice, woefully underutilized back-up vocalist/keyboardist Robyn Montella will be extracted from the band and placed in a new wave outfit where her talent and sound can flourish instead of getting sublimated in the rawk. As KKDN’s sole redeeming aspect, the band probably has its claws in her pretty deep. Hopefully the Kitty Kat’s career is short-lived and Montella can move on to better things.