Sea of fans inspire CC
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.