Sea of fans in­spire CC

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opened their wal­lets to pledge their sup­port for CC the Cat, do­nat­ing al­most $10,000 for the lo­cal reg­gae band’s sec­ond al­bum. Front­woman CC – Claire Cot­tone (pic­tured) – says the community’s sup­port was in­spi­ra­tional for the fan-funded al­bum Songs From the Sea. ‘‘I am still spin­ning out a bit from it. There were 102 sup­port­ers, so that feels like an amaz­ing community to have around our mu­sic and the new al­bum,’’ she says. ‘‘I feel like I can’t let them down. It’s in­spired me to step up to the next level mu­si­cally.’’ Songs From the Sea is a fol­low-up to CC the Cat’s de­but 2010 record Inna Baby­lon Jun­gle. Hav­ing co-pro­duced the first al­bum, CC says she has a strong un­der­stand­ing of how the process works. ‘‘One thing I learnt is that al­bums take time. It’s a jour­ney and you never know which way it is go­ing to go,’’ she says. ‘‘Our first al­bum was a heav­ily pro­duced, strong reg­gae al­bum with a lot of de­tail, it was very pre­cise. With this al­bum, I want it to have a cleaner, more or­ganic sound. I still want it to be a beau­ti­fully pro­duced al­bum, but not as busy.’’ CC says Inna Baby­lon Jun­gle was an out­let for her po­lit­i­cal views, while Songs From the Sea en­com­passes the theme of love. ‘‘I have pro­gressed more into pos­i­tiv­ity from protest,’’ she says. ‘‘This al­bum is a love al­bum. Most songs are about one per­son, the big loves in my life. I be­lieve you can turn ev­ery­thing into a pos­i­tive – there are breakup songs, but they take in the pos­i­tives of the beau­ti­ful free­dom.’’ To­mor­row night CC will warm the stage for her younger sis­ter, Ju­lia Rose, who is launch­ing her new EP Stair­way to the Moon. ‘‘We are a strong mu­si­cal fam­ily. Ac­tu­ally all three bands (play­ing) are girl-fronted acts,’’ says CC.

CC the Cat, Ju­lia Rose and Hussy Hicks play The SoundLounge, at Cur­rumbin RSL, to­mor­row night.

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