Sweeties Deserve Vinyl
Santa Monica Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES -- There are
many unsigned bands lusting for record contracts in Southern
California, but, truth be told, very few deserve the
opportunity. Two that do were matched at the
Whisky last Thursday night.
Both the Naughty Sweeties
and the Nu-Kats have been
playing accessible pop/rock around the L.A. club scene for
over a year now, but neither has been able to imprint itself
on major label vinyl. That's too bad because both are
interesting and attractive.
Both are also subject to
the fluctuations that invariably plague groups long on desire
but short on cash. Naughty Sweeties are presently reduced to a
foursome. The Nu-Kats (formerly just
the Kats) are also
down to four people, with one of its guitarists departing to
who-knows-where during the past couple of weeks.
Despite the personnel
shuffling, each group was able to adjust comfortably enough to
turn in a strong set.
An even tighter band
is the Nu-Kats. Though the band started out
slowly, its musical proficiency made the last five tunes
extremely effective. Perhaps more than any other local band,
the Nu-Kats have the ability to play complex
songs with deadly perfection.
The flipside of this talent, however, is the danger of slickness. Early on,
the band seemed to be going through its act by rote, but songs like "I
Lost My TV Guide," "Out
Of The Combat Zone"
To Live " pulled the set together.