The Cat Empire


Band News: Winnipeg Folk Festival

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Winnipeg Folk Festival 2010 was three days of sun, dust, music, giant mosquitoes, gianter dragonflies, and four Cat Empire gigs – sort of. I’ll qualify that later. It was a great weekend, and it’s nice to know we’ve got some more folk festival time coming up in Calgary two weekends from now. Folk festivals are a special breed, a lot like the mosquitoes. There are some things that are commonplace at folk festivals that you just never get to experience anywhere else. For example: I heard the phrase “that guy can whistle like a motherf…” about five times in two days.

Band News: Ottawa Bluesfest

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

“We’re in a holding pattern right now guys,” said Ricky as he came back to the band room. It was one of those portable office kind of band rooms, about 20 metres from the stage. It had been pouring down outside since we got to soundcheck at Ottowa Bluesfest – the daysheet was a little on the optimistic side with its “40% chance of rain” prediction – preventing us from plugging anything in or even putting anything on the front half of the stage. We had until about 6.00pm at the latest to get our soundcheck sorted out. If that rain kept on going like it was,

Band News: Oshkosh

Friday, July 9, 2010

All things considered (including flying around waiting for the storm to clear, and traffic) it took a bit over 30 hours to get here. That coach right at the end, which had enough room for us all to stretch out on an entire row of seats each, was easily the least-lame method of transport. You wouldn’t know it from the outside though:

That stopover in Auckland seemed like the only truly unnecessary bit of our journey, but according to Will we couldn’t have avoided it.
“We should have flown here yesterday. They don’t do direct flights to LA on Wednesdays.”

Band News: Melbourne to Oshkosh

Thursday, July 8, 2010

We knew the flight was at 6.00am. That makes for a fairly ugly travel day, no matter what comes next. But every detail we found out about what came next made it even more harrowing:
– be at the airport at 4.00am
– that probably means leaving your house at about 3.30am, so you’ll probably be waking up around 3.00am
– it’s a flight to Los Angeles, which on a normal day is one of the longest flights you can possibly do
– this is not a normal day: there’s a stopover in Auckland

Band News: The Umbrella Story

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I don’t have many details at hand about the last few days of the last tour that I never blogged about. Sorry guys. It was a bit of a blur really. A Canadian, wintry one. But there are a few loose ends I should tie up.

1. Remember how we were keeping tally of how late everyone in the band was making everyone else? We stopped over somewhere for a day after Thunder Bay and Felix blew everyone’s personal best out of the water by having his watch set to the wrong time, and running 42 minutes late to the bus call.

Reviews have been pouring in for CINEMA

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Scene Magazine:
“With a collective sigh of relief the world is once again supplied with the goodness that is The Cat Empire…Ten stars to this one”
The Australian:
“The character of every song on the band’s aptly named new studio album is explored with the same elan, expertise and edge with which Quentin Tarantino might film a scene.”
“To press Cinema into the CD player is to invite the band into your room… Long live the Empire: it keeps the home fires burning.”
4.5/5 stars
“Whenever I hear the words ‘Cat Empire’ I immediately picture a sizeable horn session,

triple j’s Impossible Music Festival

Monday, June 28, 2010

The triple j Impossible Music Festival is a celebration of the best live music in the world, featuring highlights from over 35 years of triple j live recordings.
triple j will be playing 50 of their best live sets from Monday June 28-Sunday July 4, including our set in Burnie Tasmania in 2007. In fact The Cat Empire came in at no. 6 when triple j asked listeners for their all time favourite live acts!
The list of the top 20 live acts is here
A link to the full Impossible Music Festival line up is here
…and the Cat Empire page is here:

The Australian Review CINEMA, 4.5 Stars

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Australian
This week’s music reviews
From: The Australian
June 26, 2010
Reviewed: The Cat Empire, Quatuor Mosaiques, Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden, Stony Plain, The Hold Steady

Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link into your browser:
4-1/2 stars
LIKE a classic auteur, the Cat Empire has created a style inimitably its own, a kind of 3-D party pop with a potpourri of world and roots influences. The character of every song on the band’s aptly named new studio album is explored with the same elan,


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

If you missed the launch of CINEMA on the weekend (poor you), this week you get a chance to attend the CINEMA LISTENING SESSION.
Available here for a short time, a sneaky listen to all of the tracks from our new album HERE.
If you love it, rush out and buy it this Friday when it hits the shelves in Australia, June 29 in Canada, July 6 in the USA and elsewhere in August. Or order your signed copy from our SHOP for immediate

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