The opening scenes of an audition on The Voice are always tense. Four judges sit with their backs to the singer, each one waiting to discover their next protege. As Kat Robichaud belted out the words to the Kiki Dee Band‘s “I’ve Got The Music In Me,” judge after judge turned their chair around to watch her ferocious performance, before battling it out. In the end Robichaud chose Cee Lo Green to be her partner in crime. You can watch the whole thing unfold below. (more…)
It takes a mighty presence to hold an arena-sized audience captive. And though Kat Robichaud, who fronts Raleigh-based band The Design, has spent the bulk of her career on smaller stages, she’s the kind of heavyweight performer who could shake the rafters of a stadium. Armed with a muscular contralto, the singer powers through theatrical rockers that harken back to the ˜80s. Young America is the soundtrack to defiance, a stomping gutter groove for those with their jaws firmly jutted out. But even protestors like to take things to the dance floor now and then, and Sing, Girl, Sing provides the chunky rock guitars, a funk bass line, and angular percussion to get things moving. Still, The Design is a band that thrives on dissent, and nowhere is their unrest more palatable than on Burn” a rallying cry sounded by syncopated drums and a salvo of gnarly guitars. I will not be found wanting, Robichaud warns. No, ma’am. Absolutely not.