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Interview: The Cat Empire – Notion Magazine

In Interviews, Magazine Contributions, Music Reviews on October 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Gabriella Swerling catches up with The Cat Empire’s fiery lead singer, Felix Riebl, on their world tour and doesn’t expect to find a tame pussycat.

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I have always wanted Felix Riebl to invite me to his bedroom. Never did I expect it would actually happen, but more of that later.

As I wait for the band to finish their sound check, I can hear Felix huskily purring the opening lines to ‘The Rhythm’ into the microphone:

“…And my knees were shaking and my jaw was dropping and my eyes were squinting and my smile was growing and my pants were bulging and my hands were sweating and my chest was beating so I cry, ‘excuse me, what is the secret to your soul?’” Read the rest of this entry »

Gig review: The Cat Empire @ The Ritz, Manchester – Mancunian Matters

In Interviews, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions, Music Reviews on October 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

By Gabriella Swerling

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The grimy back-streets of Manchester were transformed into the streets of Rio in an underground rave that brought out the snake-hips in everyone last night.

The Ritz – yes, that’s right, that venue oh so famed for its foam parties and freshers’ week snogs – played host to the carnivalesque party-animals, The Cat Empire.

The Aussie cool-cats were back in town to promote their latest album Steal The Light on their biggest international tour yet – playing more than 60 countries and three continents in just four months.

In an explosion of melody, groovy ska blues and humanitarian jazz doctrines, The Cat Empire blasted out their genre-defying fourth album as well as playing crowd-pleasing old favourites such as Two Shoes, The Rhythm and Sly.

Their new album is full of the same emotional range and latino-gypsy-ska as the previous three with the title track Steal The Light, completely stealing the show.

MM managed to grab hold of lead singer Felix Riebl before he headed on stage to perform to thousands of his adoring fans and asked him why he thinks the band have managed to stay around for so long.

He said: “It doesn’t matter what we’re playing as long as people are dancing.”

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