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In a 2001 interview with Westword, Morgan Lander, the then-teenage guitarist and lead shrieker for Canada's Kittie, an all-female death-metal group, complained that reviewers were "treating us like we'll never be seen again and we're just a novelty." Little did they know that Lander has a sharp business mind ("I took entrepreneurial studies when I was in high school," she boasted) and a determination not to fade away without a fight. Five years later, Kittie remains a going concern -- the band joins Bloodlined Calligraphy and Drop Dead, Gorgeous at the Bluebird -- and its new downloadable EP, Never Again, qualifies as its most commercial recording thus far, a hard, heavy and hooky combination of singing and caterwauling whose lyrics are a long way from their early opus "Get Off (You Can Eat a Dick)." And if this whole music-career thing eventually peters out, twenty-something Morgan and her sister, drummer Mercedes, have already made contingency plans, recently launching their own clothing line, Poisoned Black. So dismiss Kittie at your own risk -- because Lander seems to have plenty of lives to spare.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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