Los Angeles, California
Friday, August 16, 1996
Kitten Sparkles is the new solo noise project of Don Bolles (Germs, 45 Grave, Celebrity Skin, Three Day Stubble). Employing shortwave radios and electronics, he maintained a really loud, quivering field of pain for at least 15 or 20 minutes. A single strobe light flickered on the faces of a small crowd who sat with heads bowed and eyes closed, observing a moment of noise in a wake for the 20th Century, the loudest century ever—a time period characterized by walls of electronic sound blanketing the globe. Further doled out an hour’s worth of light, ’60s-inspired rock. Twenty minutes of their peak moments without stops between songs would’ve suited me just fine. Sonic Boom (ex-Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.) flooded Spaceland with a nice, big bed of ebbing dream drone. Using electric guitar, keyboards, modern Theremin and electronics, some definite body-swaying lows and platueaus were realized, with occasional peaks of bursting ecstacy.
Note: This article originally appeared in Lou Zine (Lou’s Records newsletter) in August 1996.