INTERVIEW

“Let’s get this straight. Cat The Dog’s debut single ‘I’m A Romantic’ does sound Nirvana-esque – but they’re more than carbon copy grungers. There are two sides to this band. An A-side of hair hanging, holey-cardigan loving, gnarly guitarists whose lead singer is in dia need of a Lemsip. And a b-side of soaring melodic […]

“Let’s get this straight. Cat The Dog’s debut single ‘I’m A Romantic’ does sound Nirvana-esque – but they’re more than carbon copy grungers. There are two sides to this band. An A-side of hair hanging, holey-cardigan loving, gnarly guitarists whose lead singer is in dia need of a Lemsip. And a b-side of soaring melodic sensitivities with more pop-tential than Luke and his Kooks. Front man Chris explains, “We’re dangerous and extremists, but we’re tranquil as well.” So before they get labelled another Nine Black Alps – listen hard and listen well. They’re not.

Signed to label bigwigs Virgin and having supported the aforementioned Kooks and Eagles Of Death Metal, this four-piece have boxes a plenty ticked. But it wasn’t always so checklist friendly. Chris met drummer Andy after both got suspended from school in Toronto. They soon dropped out and the pair pawed here with no plan, some cash and a long lost Auntie’s phone number. Cue spending all their money, getting chucked out of a hostel and sleeping in parks and cemeteries. “We didn’t really prepare ourselves that well,” admits Chris. “We just thought ‘yeah, we’ll figure it out.'”

Five months later the delinquent duo finally did. Now Brighton based, and living under a roof, they found guitarist Darren and bass-boy Dan. With the group complete CTD set about honing their two-toned sound and abrasive live shows – often ending with injured instruments. “I’m not sure whether it’s this thing of being on stage or what but we just kind of destruct,” says Chris.

This aggression found them in good company with producer Jack Douglas (who’s on knob twiddling duty for their single) as he’s previously worked with rock renegades Aerosmith and New York Dolls. The result? A cataclysmic badass bass-growler about how, well, romantic Chris is. But it’s not all chocolate boxes and roses in Cat The Dog, especially if ‘The Devil In Me’ is anything to go by. Indeed, this demon debut is only half of what’s to come.”

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