Imagine, a tall dressed in black stranger, a rock singer, probably with his eyes hidden behind a curtain of dark hair, tells you about his wish of recreating the 1960ies’ girl pop in an own band. Would you find this absurd? Opera singer Rachel Zeffira did not. It was her, who helped Feingeist Faris Badwan, head of the Horrors, to act out his dreams in new band project Cat’s Eyes.
Following the first foretaste from January, the two piece’s background story became known now. Back in 2009, Badwan send Zeffira a mix of his favourite songs from the era, after the first meeting mentioned above. The virtuosa then responded with the tender ballade “The Lull”, which can now be found on their last month’s debut album on Loog / Cooperative. Inly shortly after, they found themselves working together on songs, which are living of the contrast between studiously simple lyrics and the effect-rich recordings of numerous different instruments. Producer Steve Osborne proved to be a good choice here.
So Cat’s Eyes manage to be a bridge between calm catchy and more original than nostalgic pop (“Not A Friend”, “Best Person I Know”) and complex dramatics. (“Bandit”). The distinct voices of Zeffiras and Badwans perfectly harmonise. It’s just music for real music lovers.
Tomorrow (on May 24) Cat’s Eyes will play at Berlin’s Magnet Club, on Wednesday at Munich’s 59:1.
We give away a last pair of guest list invites (1×2) for the first gig among all comments you leave below! As always, the winner will be chosen random, so good luck! The competition has ended already, thanks!
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