ARIS­TO­CATS ARE BACK

THE CAT EM­PIRE ARE READY TO SHOW THE GOLD COAST WHY THEY STILL RULE THE LIVE MU­SIC SCENE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - NAOMI HOCK­INS

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.

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