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A Weekend Whipping

September 4, 2008 - Jim Price
As you ponder the selection of bands and shows onstage in the Altoona area this weekend, consider the option of getting musically ‘whipped’ by a group of rocking ladies called Kitty Whip.  Kitty Whip will be performing at 30 Something in Greenwood this Saturday night, September 6, as half of a double-bill with another rising area band, This Calling.

Kitty Whip first assembled last summer.  Aspiring guitarist Dawn and bassist Kimi had only recently learned to play their respective instruments, and were putting their first band together.  They hired on Centre County-based frontlady Chryssie to sing for them, and Scraps drummer Justin Cuff to provide the beats.  Kitty Whip’s debut performance was at last September’s Rock For The Troops concert at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza.

Kitty Whip soon began playing the area nightspot circuit, initially opening for other area bands before headlining their first show in January.  Along the way, Justin Cuff exited the band, and his replacement, former Never Enough drummer Christi, made Kitty Whip an all-female lineup.  Singer Chryssie announced that she was leaving the group in late spring; replacing her was Ruschelle, former singer for Petey Gets Around and recently defunct popular Johnstown dance band Jimmy Sweatpants.

Don’t let the fact that this is an all-girl band lead you into assuming that you’ll hear sugary pop hits.  These gals rock!  Besides doing female-fronted rock from such names as The Donnas, Garbage, Joan Jett, Blondie, Veruca Salt, Cranberries and others; Kitty Whip also tackles the aggressive side of the male rock spectrum, performing tunes from Marilyn Manson, Nirvana, Jackyl and Rage Against the Machine.  Ruschelle’s recent addition brings a touch of sass and vinegar to the front of Kitty Whip; don’t expect sugar and spice and everything nice!

The band Kitty Whip is splitting this Saturday night’s show with, This Calling, reunites three former members of 4 Days Dirty; singer/guitarist Joe Neary, bassist Paul Greiner and drummer Justin Fair.  Rounding out the group is former Saucemonster guitarist Chris Silva.  Performing since last fall, This Calling plays heavy, progressive-leaning modern metal original songs. 

Catch a look at two rising names on the area music scene when Kitty Whip and This Calling hit the stage at 30 Something this Saturday night.  

30 Something is located at 1524 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Greenwood.  For more information, phone 296-2680.

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Kitty Whip lead singer Ruschelle, during the group's early August performance at 30 Something.


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