With Bonnaroo exactly a month away, many are preparing their trek to the small city of Manchester, TN. A city that makes a large portion of their annual revenue(s) from the 3-day festival. This will be my second year in attendance and is shaping up to be a memorable one. With 5 weeks separating today and Bonnaroo, I’ll be shelling out a new band per week that you may/may not know about. Maybe you’ll have (yet) another band to see when its all said and done..Who knows? Oh! And if you’re looking for some company at a festival this Summer, see who is going where and hang out with some bloggers!
Most six-piece bands have one of either two paths to travel down: really talented or really awful. Fortunately, Australian band The Cat Empire manage to take the path less traveled. The path fully loaded with talent.
These guys are “kind of a big deal” in Australia, selling out countless shows and racking up accolades ranging from a double platinum debut record to 9 Aria (Aussie version of Grammys) nominations. Their sound is pretty damn unique and will make for an interesting live show. Despite my own reservations for the vocals in their songs, the music they put behind it is great. A jazz/funk/reggae/rock combination that could make the masses dance. They tour the world for 9 months out of the year – so I’m gonna bet they know a few things about making crowds wanna dance.
[MP3] The Cat Empire – Hello Hello
Hand claps? Hip hop? Trumpets? This song combines all of the previously mentioned elements and creates a catchy single that you’d find playing at a pool party in Mid-July. Does anyone else notice that Hebrew-like accent?
[MP3] The Cat Empire – Sol y Sombra
What starts out as a nice piano melody turns into a seemingly authentic Hispanic song…Minus the whole fact they’re from Australia. The sombrero conscious song hits it’s stride mid-way through the song with a jazz infused piano solo followed up by a brass bit that you would expect to see at Jennifer Lopez’s and Marc Antony’s wedding reception.
[MP3] The Cat Empire – Days Like These
By the time I heard this song, I began to realize how weird/awesome it was going to be watch these guys perform live. Watching them each play their respective instruments would make a decent enough show, let alone watching an Aussie spit out raps from down under.
They recorded their latest CD in Havana, Cuba. So, if you’re thinking that they’re environment plays any impact on their sound, you’re probably thinking correctly. Check out their site for more information and then head over to Bonnaroo’s site for all the last minute news.