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KaitO
You've Seen Us...You Must Have Seen Us
Devil In The Woods Records


Jonny Quick is a rapscallion. He wears Italian combat pants, thrift store shoes, and button-up work shirts. Jon’s into everything: the Velvet U., Refused, Radiohead, Crass, Medusa, the Microphones, God Speed You Black Emperor, Fugazi, whatever, just name it. Jonny’s a nice guy. Maybe he’s too into art for his own good though because he can’t find a nice gal who is willing to laugh with him about stupid silly things like awkward sex and other irreverent conversation. Oh, also, he wants somebody to kiss passionately, of course.

Anatasia is an indie rocker who works at the Hazardous Waste Disposal Center. Besides being radically smart, she’s incredibly attractive. Imagine Jon’s surprise when he finds out he has a postmodern film class with her, it’s a bohemian love story waiting to happen. Jonny is a lonely guy, but how in the world can he impress a woman who seems so serene in his singleness? Perhaps with the one thing he knows: Music, he’ll spin the hypnotic magic of the troubadour to woo this wild one.

First he makes her a jazz cd with only the finest Mingus, Coleman, and Coltrane songs to challenge her, test her stamina. Alas, she doesn’t dig it and he is making a total Stew out of himself instead of the Steve he wants to be. Luck steps in and a big ole’ package of cds arrives in his mailbox one day. Amoung the many wonderful albums is a brand new one from KaitO the band called You’ve seen us.. you must have seen us.... Freshness washes the rejection out of Jonny’s ears. It’s got everything. Sonic Youth, Goo era grooves/noise and Bratmobile femme rock with the catnip beats and trippy tape effects of the Microphones.

KaitO the band blends all artistic mediums of influence into a sky blue painting of reflected sunrays on a summer’s day. Jonny thinks that the album’s got something for everyone who has ever strode shyly in beatup Converse or enjoyed a Jean-Luc Godard film. The band is from the UK, but the female/male dynamic and energetic vocals often sound sexily French or Scandinavian. There is enough sugary lemonade pop to please the dancers/singalongers and enough experimental, artsy, sandpaper-on-the-guitarstrings tricks to keep the musicians/critics happy. Jonny thinks that the entire world would be that much happier if everyone listened to KaitO.

This would be his next excuse for a visit to Anatasia’s house. She just has to hear this glowing fun package of goodness. “She will appreciate it. She will understand,” Jonny thinks. Turns out she really digs the meta-pop she hears on the album. KaitO jumps to the top of both Jonny’s and Anatasia’s top ten albums of 2001 lists. Long story short, she totally ends up digging Jonny . . .but, of course, people who have excellent taste in music are meant to be together.

Joseph Martinez

Track Listing:

01. thwipside
02. ‘go’
03. 6 x 7
04. bow wow
05. catnap
06. rockstuff
07. so-so
08. shoot shoot
09.  good is good
10. succosanko
11. shelflife
12. povarina
13. manual speed


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