Entries tagged with: Cats Eyes
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Cats Eyes singer Rachel Zeffira's solo debut, The Deserters, got its North American release last week (3/12) via Toronto's Paper Bag Records. If you haven't heard it, it's a lovely baroque pop that was clearly made by a classically trained musician who loves girl groups and My Bloody Valentine in equal measure. (It is a nice snowy morning record like NYC is currently experiencing.) You can stream it via Spotify below and check out the video to "Here On In."
Rachel will be playing a couple North American shows this spring, including one in NYC at The Slipper Room on May 6. Tickets are on sale now, and all dates (there are only two) are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Rachel Zeffira is one half of Cat's Eyes (the other half being Faris of the Horrors) and, as mentioned briefly, she released her bewitching solo debut, The Deserters, in late 2012 in the UK via her and Faris' own RAF Records. Resplendent with oboes, melotrons, cellos and other classical instruments and made with help from members of Toy and S.C.U.M., it's haunting baroque pop and well worth checking out, very much a January record.
While it gets a North American physical release in March via Paper Bag (it's out digitally this week), you can stream the whole thing below now. Also below is the new video for The Deserters' official single, "Here On In," which was directed by fashion photographer Yuval Hen.
Streams and video are below...
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today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Big Boi @ SOB's
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Jessie Ware @ The Box
* Darlene Love @ BB King's
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Andrew Bird @ The Riverside Church
* Jason Lytle of Grandaddy @ Union Hall
* Vomitor, Negative Plane @ Public Assembly
* Smashing Pumpkins, Morning Parade @ Barclays Center
* Wheeler Brothers, Winter Sounds @ The Mercury Lounge
* Wyatt Cenac, Sara Schaefer, Nikki Glaser @ Littlefield
* Jason Mraz, Fitz & the Tantrums @ Madison Square Garden
* Gasoline Heart, Death On Two Wheels @ Knitting Factory
* Haybaby, Bad Cello, Butter The Children, LVL UP @ Big Snow
* Katy Steele, Teen Commandments, Belly Fire, Beca @ Cameo Gallery
* Hillary Barleaux, Catey Shaw, Ann Driscoll, Chloe Sunshine @ Cake Shop
* George Michaels (mems Bad Credit No Credit & Not Blood Paint) covering George Michael, Fernando Martinez & Friends a/k/a Holey Moley covering Hole, Sleepies w/ Alyse from EULA cover Pixies, Geek Skull covering The Ramones (Sandy benefit) @ Death by Audio
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Rachel Zeffira of Cat's Eyes released her first solo album, The Deserters, today in the UK. Like her band (with Farris of The Horrors), it's vaguely '60s-ish, but quite lovely and makes for nice mellow listening. You can stream the whole album below.
How to Dress Well made a video for "& It Was U." Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Cat's Eyes were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom tonight -- their first-ever U.S. show -- but ended up canceling their first U.S. shows due to "unforeseen circumstances." Hopefully those dates will be rescheduled soon. Their album, however, is out today digitally (CD/LP lovers must wait two weeks) and well worth picking up. With '60s pop as a starting point, Faris Badwan (of The Horrors, who have a new album out this summer) and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira have crafted their own melancholic, lush and rather lovely take on '60s pop. You can download "Not a Friend" from their website and there are a couple videos below. Faris and Zeffira were over last month to discuss their roundabout recording process, obscure girl groups, and making their live debut at The Vatican.
We talked about how they met, recording the new album, Chris Cunningham, the Vatican, Joe Meek, Henry Mancini, the band name & more. Read our chat below...
Cat's Eyes were scheduled to hit NYC, LA and San Francisco this week, but now all three U.S. shows are marked as "Postponed" with a note that "Rescheduled details will be coming soon."
by Bill Pearis
While we wait for the Horrors to follow-up 2009's excellent Primary Colours, front man Faris Badwan has started another band (he's adamant it's not a "side project"), Cat's Eyes, a duo with Rachel Zewffira, a Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist. Musically, Cat's Eyes promises to be, in the words of the press release, "a romantic pop masterpiece fit to dine at the same table as mid-'60s productions by Phil Spector, Joe Meek or Shadow Morton, but with a fiercely modern, experimental premise, which constantly leaves you wondering just what you're listening to, and how on earth it was created."
That certainly sounds interesting. You can download "Not A Friend" over at RCRD LBL. I didn't wonder what I was listening to, or how on earth it was created, but it's a nice little understated song that's quite pretty. Cat's Eyes debut is due out May 3 (via on Cooperative Music USA / Downtown Records). That same week, Cat's Eyes will perform at Bowery Ballroom (May 5) and tickets are on sale now.
Cat's Eyes first live performance was at The Vatican. Yes, that Vatican. Badwan told NME: "We were actually in the Basilica, with all the cardinals in the middle of a Mass. We didn't even tell them we werer going to do it. We just booked under the name of a local choir, sang along with them and then started playing our song "I Knew it Was Over" at the end. The cardinals were totally into it."
There's footage of that covert performance below. Cat's Eyes proper debut gig is March 14 in Manchester. All 2011 non-Vatican tour dates (California included) are below...