UK postmathfolkrockers Cats And Cats And Cats head out on tour with Hooray For Humans this week.
CATS AND CATS AND CATS
Cats and cats and cats stagger their trademark brand of catchy math rock with folk inspired post rock sections. Starting in early 2005 when friends Ben (Vocals, Guitar) and Tom (Bass, Backing Vocals) met Doug (Drums) at the University of Hertfordshire. Their debut EP, Victorialand, picked up some great reviews and the attention of the UK experimental rock underground. Never being ones to grow musically stagnant, Cats expanded their line up to include Adam (Guitar) and Eve (Violin) to record 2006’s mini album Sweet Drunk Everyone. The new direction split opinion with a weighting towards a fuller, more ambitious post rock sound. Extensive touring followed with the band sharing stages with their heroes Youthmovies, 65 Days of Static, Foals and Blood Red Shoes and performing twice at 2007’s Glastonbury Festival.
Cats x 3 were soon gaining label interest and, after releasing a split single for Wolf Party records, decided their next release would be with Big Scary Monsters records. BSM has been releasing consistently innovative and inspiring records for years and the label seemed like an obvious choice for the band. The split EP with Oxford’s This Town Needs Guns (Sept ’07) was a storming success and received rave reviews from the likes of NME, Rock Sound and Drowned in Sound. Huw Stephens invited both bands to record a Radio 1 Session which was aired in early October.
Currently the band are halfway through writing their first full length album due to be recorded in July 2008. As ever, Cats have made things interesting by inventing a list of 12 rules which the album must follow, dictating aspects such as song length, language and instrumental arrangements. The band will be releasing a very limited edition vinyl on Irish label, The Richter Collective in October.
2nd – The Lower Deck – Dublin *
3rd – Bakers Place – Limerick *
4th – Cleeres Theatre – Kilkenny
6th – Roisin Dubh – Galway *
7th – The Whiskey – Cork *
* = With Hooray for Humans (Smalltown America, OOAL)