Rainbow Kitty Kitty finds identity on new EP

Chris Rutledge

While Rainbow Kitty Kitty was recording its forthcoming EP, “Q-T Pie,” something unexpected happened — the band found its identity.

The band, which was formed in 2010 by WKU students Stefan Meadows, Trey Bartley, Seth Short and Austin Klaine, has come a long way since its first show at Revolution 91.7’s Battle of the Bands in 2010.

Short, the drummer, remembers that they only got in because another band canceled.

“We got called the night before,” Short said. “We’d been a band for like a month. We had like three songs, which is really all we needed because you play really short sets.”

Since then the band has gone on to open for Sleeper Agent and has made fans of Cage The Elephant.

Short, a senior, said living in a town with a good music scene is not something he takes for granted. While growing up in Madisonville he said he always wanted to be surrounded by other musicians.

“I came here and it was just what I wanted it to be,” he said. “I feel like a cog in the Bowling Green machine.”

Short is responsible for the band’s strange name, which he said he came up with because he thought it was obnoxious and hilarious.

“It peaks somebody’s interest when you hear that, for whatever reason,” he said. “If you think it’s going to be cool or you think it’s just going to be the worst thing, it’s at least something that you will think about.”

Meadows, the singer and bassist, said that the band is light hearted in more than just their name.

“We want our music to be taken seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously,” he said. “We’re don’t want to feel like that pretentious band. We’re not pulling an Interpol, all dressing in black and acting like we’re brooding. We want to have fun and be silly, so a silly name goes along with that.”

The band got together to record “Q-T Pie” during time off from school.

Meadows, a Bowling Green senior, said that he felt better about this material, and that unlike on the band’s previous release, “Yib Dib Dib,” he was not uncomfortable singing.

“We finally figured out who we are as a band,” said Meadows. “We’re not trying to force our way in one direction or the other. Literally, I found my voice singing, and figuratively I feel like the band has found its voice as a whole.”

“Q-T Pie” was recorded with Rory Willis of Greyskull Recordings, who Meadows calls the go-to guy in Bowling Green.

When Meadows was arranging the tracks he noticed a lyrical theme that he had not intended, youth culture.

“It’s almost a concept album,” he said.

Meadows said that much like the rest of Rainbow K.K.’s music, the EP has a rough feeling to it.

“He recorded us live to give us that garage feel,” he said.

Bowling Green sophomore Bartley, the guitarist, said that the band doesn’t try for the abrasive sound, it just happens naturally.

“We’re not going to sound polished,” he said. “We are who we are, but it’s raw.”

The band doesn’t know the exact date “Q-T Pie” will be released yet, but they expect it to be available sometime mid-March.

Meadows said that since he, Short, and Klaine graduate in May, the band plans to start touring behind the EP this summer.

“It’s just so hard to get out-of-town shows,” he said. “When you have to get out of school at 4 o’clock and go home and do homework.”