Graceless ending to a lovely evening

Live Review: Cats:For:Peru EP launch + Japanese Sleepers @ The Bowery, 25.03.11

After managing to rope in an old friend to come out with me, I get to The Bowery in high spirits. I’ve been meaning to catch a Cats:For:Peru show for way too long now, so what better way to kick things off than with the launch of their new EP?
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Baroque anger

Smokers Die Younger – Smokers Die Younger

“These abject terrors and complexities / may do for you, but they will not for me / take your hands from my throat / Put them back on the wheel / and drive” – Bad Driving Too, Smokers Die Younger

The skinny: The first album was Jason, this one is Patrick Bateman.

The review proper: Let me explain that remark I just made… by no ways does it mean that the albums of Smokers Die Younger will make you go out and commit a few random cheeky murders (though you might end up with a paper umbrella in the floor of the Washington), but instead, it’s the approach taken to the craft.

One route is just an ordinary onslaught, the other one is a finesse exercise in, well, onslaught.
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Peruvian Dog Food

Interview – Cats:For:Peru

“…And I don’t think they like people asking them about their name, they get it a lot.” Sam says to me through a mouthful of cake. We’re about to venture down to a quaint pub just by the river in Kelham Island to interview Sheffield (well, Dronfield) band Cats:For:Peru and we’ve stopped for refuelling along the way. Conversation turns to the band’s new video, which has been produced as part of the ‘2Weeks 2MakeIt’ competition in Sheffield (where aspiring film-makers are asked to make a video for a local band’s new single in 2 weeks) and the dark, twisted humour of the animation which portrays the sad fate of a group of well-meaning cats. I can only hope that the cats we are about to meet are of the much more fortunate kind…

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Wake up song for today -86

Just as Sam likes to avoid comparisons, so do I – but there is something here that brings me back to the hazy, riot grrrl fishnet-stockings of the 90’s. Slow Down Tallahassee sounds a bit like Bikini Kill and a bit like 60’s twee but with an elastic bassline topped with fuzzy distortion and outspoken synths. Another Sheffield classic… – Misky Continue reading Wake up song for today -86

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