ARISTOCATS ARE BACK
THE CAT EMPIRE ARE READY TO SHOW THE GOLD COAST WHY THEY STILL RULE THE LIVE MUSIC SCENE
Celebrating their 1000th live show earlier this year, Aussie favourites The Cat Empire almost have their preperformance preparation down to a fine art.
All that’s left is how to tame their drummer's appetite.
“We take our live shows seriously and the only problem we really get sometimes is when our drummer eats too much before the gig,” The Cat Empire’s singer-songwriter, trumpet player and guitarist Harry James Angus explains.
“(Drummer Will Hull Brown) ate a whole tandoori chicken before a show recently and after thrashing around playing drums for two hours it wasn’t fun.
“We keep telling him he should learn, but ...”
Nevertheless, the show must go on and no chicken’s going to stop The Cat Empire giving a great show.
“We’re like a party band – people see us to dance and sweat and have a good time, and it’s great to be able to give them that,” says Harry.
“You’re only as good as your last show and no matter how famous or successful you are with your last single or album, if you can’t deliver on stage people will lose interest.'”
No wonder they sold out their latest international tour left, right and centre stage.
“In Australia it’s been that way for years now – we’ve worked hard on being a really good live act,” he says.
“I guess coming from a jazz background has helped because we have to entertain ourselves and make it spontaneous and fun.
“We’ve got a general idea about how (a show) will go down, but none are the same.”
Since the group formed in 2003, Harry says they’ve made particular effort to make their live shows special.
“It’s hard to know when the standout shows will happen. You could go to New York and might expect it to be amazing, and then there’s a problem with the venue or something and it’s not quite what you expect.
“As far as this tour goes, we’re really happy with how the new music’s gone down live,” he says.
The Cat Empire, Madre Monte and Tom Thum, Miami Marketta, Rabbit + Cocoon, Sunday.
The Cat Empire will play at the Miami Marketta on Sunday.