Q&A Scene: Smaal Cats


Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We just released our debut Ep Seagulls. It’s a selection of songs that have grown with us throughout the last 3 years. Feels awesome to finally have them recorded and out.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?

[pullquote]I think we’re gonna set up a home studio and start recording another release for next year[/pullquote]For each of us it’s probably different and changes from gig to gig. At the moment I’d say a newer song that we’ve been playing with the temporary title ‘Bd bass face’. We probably won’t call it that… the riff was one of the first we ever jammed on as a band and only recently we properly wrote the full piece.

Any on the road anecdotes?

7/11 coffee

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For each of us there’s probably a completely different answer. We’ve all good such different tastes in music. Brendon’s heavily into hip-hop, Charlie’s into a lot of folk and psych rock, Sacco’s into jazz and I love electronica and house. I’m not sure how we come up with what we do..

What’s next for you?

We’re going to keep playing shows surrounding this EP. There’s plans for an East Coast tour before year-end. Charlie’s parents go away soon so I think we’re gonna set up a home studio and start recording another release for next year. Oh, and we recorded another track soon after we did the EP that we’ll probably release in the coming months.

About Smaal Cats

Smaal Cats hail from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, which is the breeding ground of some of Australia’s most exciting artists, such as Midnight Oil, Angus & Julia Stone and Courtney Barnett just to mention a few. Members of the band formed an artist collective and record label with like-minded individuals called cabinjam.

Smaal Cats have been jamming and gigging continuously over the last 3 years developing a tight and unique repertoire of songs and building a loyal and enthusiastic fan base.  The 4-piece take influence as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Tame Impala, Kings of Leon, Pink Floyd, Joy Division and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with a sound rooted between classic blues and psychedelic rock.

Brad on drums evokes memories of the late John Bonham thunder, Charlie, on vocals and guitar draws comparisons the energy of the late Ian Curtis, Sacco on lead guitar shreds like David Gilmore and Brendon on Bass has the stoic energy of a John Entwistle or John Paul Jones. The band thrives on a constantly evolving sound that keeps their audiences on their toes and have recently released their debut EP ‘Seagulls’.

The Music – “They sounded like they’d been performing for ages, a tonne of raw talent on display. Bluesy garage is hard to excel at (there are a lot of middling bands out there going nowhere with a sound that’s easy to learn but hard to master), but Smaal Cats did more than just deliver; they were electric.”

Smaal Cats ‘Seagulls’ EP is out now on cabinjam music licensed to themusicconnection/MGM

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