Like Josie & the Pussycats with sharper Claws. This London, Ontario four piece have been featured in Rolling Stone & Spin magazines as well as being interviewed on MTV. Production by GGGarth Richards (Rage Against the Mach... more »ine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Ozzy Osbourne). 12 tracks on an enhanced CD. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.« less
Like Josie & the Pussycats with sharper Claws. This London, Ontario four piece have been featured in Rolling Stone & Spin magazines as well as being interviewed on MTV. Production by GGGarth Richards (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Ozzy Osbourne). 12 tracks on an enhanced CD. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 04/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember when Kittie first dropped `Brackish' and I was floored at this group of teenage girls. I couldn't believe they had the talent that they did. I immediately went out and grabbed their debut album `Spit' and, while it's definitely `garage' in every sense of the term it is still a very respectable first effort. Kittie has changed a lot since this release, their style and approach to metal has altered. Some say for the better but I kind of prefer their gritty and immature approach to `Spit'. This feels like real music made by real teenagers. It's angry, it's loud, it's vulgar and it's raw in-your-face aggression.
The album opens with `Spit', a short yet fantastic opener. It's strong and shows off the `no frills' quality that Kittie possesses. These aren't you typical girls next door. They are angry and they know how to vent that frustration. They hate everyone and are not afraid to expose the hypocrites they are surrounded by. Listen to `Suck', a song that is filled to the brim with hatred. Frontwoman Morgan Lander bellows her perverse lyrics over very well thought out yet simple musical progressions. `Brackish' is the song everyone is familiar with (that and `Charlotte') and it's a magnificent example of the kind of band Kittie is. The speed in this song is marvelous. It adds to the intensity and very well may be the best track on the album; maybe even the best song Kittie has ever recorded.
`Trippin' comes to life near the end. Until about the 1:40 point it's merely decent but then it explodes into heavy metal ferocity. `Jonny' and `RaVen' have similar effects, both decent garage metal tracks, but neither anything spectacular. `Choke' is one of the best tracks here. It runs along the lines of the aforementioned `Suck' and `Spit' in intensity, and the chorus bleeds forth with a passionate message.
Then you have `Do You Think I'm A...' and `Get Off', two tracks that stand out as different from the pack. Each is well done and delivered effortlessly. These girls really know how to construct a song in a way that plays to their strengths as apposed to exposing their weaknesses. Sure, this is not perfect in any way shape or form but it is very, very well done.
Kittie also has a softer side, as can be seen in the singles `Charlotte' and `Paperdoll'. Both tracks are very different. `Charlotte' is still on the heavier side, a softer rock track for them, while `Paperdoll' is more on the eerie side. `Charlotte' flawlessly transfers from beautifully sung verses to explosive chorus lines the blister the ears. `Paperdoll' manages to relay a feeling, a vibe from Kittie that is unlike the rest of the album. This time, instead of screaming about transgression they are delicately singing about the very woes that burn them, the very weaknesses in society that have groomed them into the angry souls they are today. It's a very strong song because not only is it musically complete but lyrically it is deep and meaningful.
The album closes with `Immortal', a beautifully constructed instrumental that shows off the girl's musical range. It's a great way to close the album for it lets you know what they are capable of pulling off and what we have to look forward to. Since this albums release the girl's have changed some members and polished up their sound a bit but at the heart of it Morgan still leads her bandmates on a metal rampage of mind and ears. `Spit' is not a perfect album but it is strong and shows major potential within its grungy, gritty soul."
Dunky Monkey's review of Spit by Kittie
Dunky Monkey | Kingwood | 05/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I feel compelled to write a short review for Kittie's debut album. I was exposed to this album around the time it came out and its a nice little metal album, I mean really it could of sucked, its kind of silly in a way, not that I dont take Kittie seriously as a band, but their debut is different from their more recent stuff, but its whats to be expected from teenage metal girls, this album and Kittie in general around this time seemed very influenced by mainstream metal icons Slipnot and Korn, while im not a fan of those bands this cd is very listenable to me and it does rock. Kittie did progress as a band after this and I feel got better, for instance listen to their next album Oracle as compared to Spit. Oracle is a much more refreshing metal album to me, the musicianship is better and the vocals are better. In general it is a much more mature album. I get the feeling that they began to take their artform(metal) more seriously, not that they didnt take it seriously enough with Spit, but I feel they were immersed in the world of being silly teenage girls. For instance watch the Kittie live video of this album called "Spit in your eye" and you get the idea, the video gives you the whole album live with the exception of I think mabey two or three songs. Kittie fans will definitelty want to pick this up as the concert that the video includes is Kittie's first headline gig. So one can see some of the earliest live Kittie stuff and it is a good find cause it also includes lots of footage of Kittie being Kittie outside of concert. This is where one gets the idea of Kittie being silly teens, but then again the band members were all like 16?? or so when this came out.bye."
K. Smith | ohio | 11/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i'd say the is with out a doubt kitties best cd & i own them all so if you like kittie & don't have this yet BUY IT ASAP, every track is really cool i love this cd!"
Hardcore?!?!? ...really? Uhhhh... NO.
Chargerfan311 | New Orleans, LA USA | 01/13/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This review is in direct response to the review that stated the words "Kittie" and "hardcore genre" in the same sentence. I don't know where this person's head was in March of 2000, but Kittie was never hardcore, and to this day in 2009, they still aren't hardcore. This album actually could be the poster child for nu-metal with its rapping-style vocals (see Brackish, Trippin', etc if you don't know what I'm talking about), and bland one-finger dropped D tuning power chord riffs (I personally think it's an insult to real metal to use the word "riff" when talking about nu-metal).
With that being said, I'm not saying this album is completely bad. It's still a guilty pleasure of mine from my high school days when all I pretty much listened to was nu-metal (I was a dumb, naive teenager that hadn't been exposed to "real" metal yet). In my opinion, "Spit" and "Charlotte" still are not bad songs to this day even though I've moved on to more mature metal (I'm talking about anything from Nightwish to Amon Amarth to Amorphis to In Flames to God Forbid etc etc etc, I could go on forever, check out Light This City - "Stormchaser" by the way). In fact, "Charlotte" popping up on my iPod while shufflinig was the reason I was on here checking out reviews (just to see what people say about this stuff 9 years later).
I guess I've said my 2 cents, so I'll wrap this up... This album has it's place in my history with metal and it's place in metal history in general, but it is certainly not hardcore. If you want to listen to some real hardcore, check out Agnostic Front, Hatebreed's "Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire", early Throwdown stuff, and last but not least Black Flag (one of the godfathers of the genre)."