ARTIST: The Cat Empire
VENUE, TOWN: Concorde2, Brighton
DATE: 30th March 2016
With Spring just arrived, it feels right to welcome vibrant antipodean collective The Cat Empire to Brighton. And with the seafront venue completely sold out tonight, it’s a decent welcome.
In support of their sixth and latest album ‘Rising With The Sun’ – released in March 2016 – Australia’s whackiest sextet rock through new tunes and old favourites. A hot chaos of Cuban salsa with syncopated jazz and reggae, The Cat Empire are here to get you dancing.
Frontman Felix Riebl said about the recording of ‘Rising With The Sun’: “We were confident because we had a sound from our previous record (2013’s ‘Steal The Light’) that we were really happy with, so that was our starting point… it was just a matter of going back to that physical space and coming up with new songs… The choruses are ones people can sing. The rhythms really work.”
With a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall under their collective belt, the band have every reason to feel confident yet Riebl seems hesitant during opener Wolves. Two numbers in, however, and his grin implies he’s having as good a time as the crowd. The high energy performance is no let down, and the incredible solos impress again and again.
A 100% independent band globally, The Cat Empire have the freedom to offer fans exactly what they want: soundcheck opportunities, one-to-one music workshops, performances in people’s homes, signed memorabilia, limited edition and vinyl versions of ‘Rising With The Sun’, artisan crafted jewellery, and handmade artworks of the album art.
Closing the set with new track Bataclan – a tribute to the victims of the November attack on Paris’ Bataclan Theatre – and the ridiculously fun Wine Song, The Cat Empire leave their mark on Brighton this evening.