Everything You Need to Know About Cosmic Kitten’s 2020 Album
This week I had the pleasure of reviewing Cosmic Kitten’s new album “You Gotta Understand” released May 23, 2020. Amidst a global pandemic (moreso, a national nightmare these days) AND a powerful political movement, Cosmic Kitten offers their album as vehicle for activism.
I found Cosmic Kitten through Eclipse House Record’s show “Rock Against Racism”. Armed with a strong message and a guitar, they played a handful of songs, one of them being an Alice in Chains cover. Unfortunately (as is the curse with livestreams) their audio was distorted, but the band’s message about BLM was loud and clear!! Their message was so awesome that I had to find out more about them.
Their instagram was my first point of contact. Their stories are full of informative activist content and the occasional meme. Cosmic Kitten is serious about what matters, but not so serious that they’ve lost their sense of humor. For example, they posted a photo on June 15th saying, “Just a reminder that black lives still matter!!! We’re not dead, we’re still fighting. No justice, no peace. Our hearts continue to go out to all of you still fighting ?. We’ve just taken a break from social media for a lil because we’re easily disheartened by all the bad news vs good. We’re both Pisces for gosh sakes!! ??” In fact…this band is pretty hilarious. Just check out their noir-mystery blog “Explained: The Bass Player Curse”
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Just a reminder that black lives still matter!!! We're not dead, we're still fighting. No justice, no peace. Our hearts continue to go out to all of you still fighting ?. We've just taken a break from social media for a lil because we're easily disheartened by all the bad news vs good. We're both Pisces for gosh sakes!! ?? But we're still re-posting all of these beautiful and non-beautiful things so that we, our family, friends and fans can educate themselves about systemic racism and what our communities are doing (because some people are calling them riots & that people are looting and destroying property w/no real intention, and not protests/peaceful protests/fight for justice/etc etc.). We're so fucking tired of racism, and we're educating ourselves on being anti-racist (not just non-racist). I (Karen), as a hispanic woman, don't really mention my ethnicity to others cuz I never really identified w/my culture since growing up in foster homes blahblahblah I just wanna say that I've seen MY OWN privilege and I'm in full support of of BLM. I'm not a spokesperson, but I will continue to do what I can only do--and that is to play music, to show you these visuals, these sounds, AND AMPLIFY THE VOICES OF POC. I'm gonna continue to donate portions of our music and merch sales to these wonderful organizations, and im gonna try to do more livestreams and post up links where you can donate to these organizations. Meanwhile...FOLLLOW BLACK/BLACK WOMEN/BLACK TRANS PAGES ON INSTAGRAM AND ALL THE OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. ❣❣❣❣❣ . ?: @celluloidannoyed
Side note: I had an especially fun time working on this blog. Cosmic Kitten was responsive, and a joy to talk to behind the scenes. They’ve got a lot to give!
Rachael Sanders is a social media personality and host to IGTV series: You Should Totally Listen to This. Sanders journalism seeks to amplify music as an experience more than an art. Her style is both objective, and unpretentious. Sanders keeps a pulse on up and coming rock and funk, and is a forever fan of emo and alt rock. Catch her drinking cheap beer at a basement show near you. Instagram @OhayRachael