Kitten is lead by young teen prodigy Chloe Chaidez who formed her first band at the tender age of 10 and shared a stage with Conor Oberst aged just 11. I have a clinical aversion to precocity following exposure to a particularly noxious poison called Justin Bieber. So as you might expect I really, really tried to dislike their Sunday School EP. But no matter how hard I tried, and believe me I tried really, really hard, I couldn't, it's just too good to dislike.

On opening track 'Kill The Light', Chloe and her band of geriatrics (one of them is 23 for god's sake) make their pitch for global pop rock hegemony. It sounds like it's been created by an MTV focus group looking for the perfect track. Imagine the Cranberries after an adrenalin shot or the Killers if Brandon Flowers had been born a girl, and you're getting close. Next track 'Chinatown' is a post punk delight. With guitars as sharp as cut throats it reminds me of one of the unsung indie heroes of the 80s, The Comsat Angels, if they'd been fronted by Annabella Lwin, Chloe's 80s equivalent. The tempo softens a little with 'Johnny Johnny Johnny', the weakest track on the EP, and the mobile phone in the air ballad 'Alison Day' where Chloe tries on Bjork's clothes for size and finds they fit fairly well.

So far so soft focus rock. It won't scare the parents but might just make them a little nervous. The parent scaring is left to the EP's final track, the delightful, yet vaguely disturbing 'Kitten With A Whip', where 16 year old Chloe shows her claws, yelping and purring like a kindergarten Karen O on a hot tin roof. When Chloe screams "she's a kid with a whip", I swear my bowels turn to jelly. It's a real tour de force that'll rip your brain to shreds and leave you begging for more.

With their Sunday School EP Kitten may just have found the antidote to my precocity aversion and for that I thank them.

Photobucket