The Kitten's Story....
Once upon a time a few years before the Hyperdrive Kittens formed, Lee Nails (Lee Sanders) got introduced to Jenene Curtis. He'd jammed with Jenene once, recording a version of 'Ziggy Stardust' on a 4 track, so he knew she could sing.
Originally the plan was to just drink beer and play Ramones and NY Dolls covers, have fun basically...but once Lee started writing he knew he wanted to work with a female vocalist and just called Jenene up. He said he never even considered anybody else.
Described in the 90's as charming deviates, "rock that recalls both the Ramones and the Ronettes, and the lovely high harmonies - backed by grungy guitars and bitchin' 2 and 4 rim shots that would make even Phil Spector a little green with envy." -Billy Lavay
The Kittens played mostly in San Francisco at clubs including DNA Lounge, Paradise Lounge, Nightbreak & 6th Street Rendezvous, often sharing the stage with bands like the White Trash Debutantes, Screaming Bloody Marys and Pansy Division. The Outpunk label released their second 7" with Rock N' Roll Drag Queen and Addiction, with additional compilations released on Munster Records.
Years pass with various line-up changes, hiatus taken by singer Jenene (and even a split birthing Rabid Rat Fondue). Ultimately though, the Kittens reunite in 2015 only to unexpectedly lose their leader, Lee Nails, shortly after the 2016 album release of Back To The Alley.
Fast forward to now --- Lee's wild creative spirit and music prowls on with a reformed and amplified gLitter of Kittens fronted with founding front-woman Jenene Curtis aka Glitter Kitten, Marta Bulaich formerly on bass now ripping guitar riffs, Rob Neidel on bass, Tommy Lafferty (the Axeman) lead guitar and Jungle Kitty--Tymber on drums.
The Hyperdrive Kittens are BACK with a new EP titled The Meow Factor released February 2023, preceded by dropping the single, Rocky Road in early December 2022 and official Music Video premiered on SoundwavesTV December 10, 2022. Meee-ow!!
“30 years of challenging norms and ragin' against the machine is a pretty great story, and now you have the added gravitas of carrying on without your leader. I mean, that's rock and roll salvation in a nutshell! ”
— - Dennis Willis, SoundwavesTV