Speaking in terms of the '90s "popcore" circuit, for my time, effort and money, I really don't think I could have done much better than The Wynona Riders, a visionary San Francisco treat that concocted some of the smartest and most substantive pop-punk of their era, and who for all intents and purposes really have no obvious parallel in 2012. I shared some singles a couple years ago, and even delved into a pair of WR spinoff bands, Toyboat and Latter Day Saints, and today I'm hereby offering the final piece of the equation (that I know of anyway). Here Kitty Kitty featured Riders frontman Skip and bassist Richie Bucher, along with drummer Krieg. Eschewing much of the Riders nervy angst and slicing power chords, Here Kitty Kitty opted for a demonstrably more subtle tack, offering bittersweet and lamentable sentiments that were fortunately devoid of navel-gazing ennui. The six-song Kiss Me You Fool is a grower, but is ultimately as engaging as anything Skip did with Riders, and that's saying a lot. It also represents the entirety of Kitty's released output, which according to the Wynona Riders Wikipedia page the trio toured behind in 1994. BTW, sorry about that damn hole punch adorning the cover.
01. Secret Goldfish 02. N Judah 03. Empty Gestures 04. Hold 05. Sleeping Dogs 06. Rain Formula