2017 has been the year of unadulterated oppression. Of sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, not only prominent in our society but encouraged by our “leaders.” It’s been a year of hate, of pure ignorance. However, for some it’s been a year of empowerment. A year of combatting the hatred everyone is so desperately clinging to. Of pushing boundaries, making statements, standing up.

     That ‘fight the power’ spirit is embodied in Kits in Kahoots. The New York City four piece uses their influence to call out the problems in society. Their latest single, “Mommy,” sheds light on the relationship dynamics that despite being so alarming have been commonly accepted. Shannon Hanna, lead singer, cites inspiration for the track from their own personal experiences in the dating scene with cis-men.

     “Mommy” discusses the nurturing role women are expected to take on in a relationship and the pressure that comes with filling those shoes. The idea of being ‘womanly’ manifests itself in the constant validation, emotional support, and assurance that seems to be required of any woman in a relationship. That motherly devotion to wanting to meet someone's every need is absolutely exhausting and as Kits in Kahoots points out, an unfair expectation to have.

    It’s not often that you can find a truly unique band, one that is so secure in themselves and their message that they exude it in everything they do. Kits in Kahoots know who they are and don’t care if you don’t like it. Hanna’s vocals soar and then plummet in the most nonchalant way possible, bringing that punk attitude and independent spirit. The guitars screech and wail and facilitate an earth shattering ending.

     With their biting social commentary and 90’s grunge-punk they make you want to rise up and resist. Not only is it so refreshing to see a truly diverse group but it is beyond empowering to anyone trying to be anything besides just what they’ve been told. Kits in Kahoots is more than just a band, just like “Mommy” is about more than just a few bad dates. It’s about diversifying the music scene as a whole, of ushering in a new spirit of acceptance, and making sure everybody has the opportunity to be heard.



samantha sullivan