Saturday, 24 October 2015

Liverpool & London Calling: Jimmy & The Revolvers - Cat Bear Tree

Jimmy & The Revolvers - The Morning Paper.

And we quote - Jimmy & the Revolvers are one of the UK's most exciting emerging bands. When they're not gigging up and down the country making new friends and fans wherever they go, they're running a monthly club night in their home city of Liverpool as well as finding the time to champion up and coming talent on the scene.

Formed in early 2013, Jimmy & The Revolvers are Jay Rehm on Vocals & Acoustic Guitar, Jordan Wright on Vocals & Bass, Jimmy Moon on Electric Guitar and Ash Michael on Drums. Their debut AA side ‘Aimee’s Song/Frosty’ released in June 2013 became a favourite talking point for the city’s music bloggers and DJs who were drawn to the band's infectious melodies and harmonies.

More glowing reviews followed the release of their four track EP ‘Sunday Morning’ on New Year’s Eve 2013, which gained airplay across the UK and was chosen as one of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves on his Fresh on the Net website in February 2014. Support slots with Ian Skelly (former The Coral), a brilliant performance at Liverpool Sound City 2014 and international airplay for their last single 'Whistle For My Love' added to the buzz around the band and led to them signing with Ugly Man Records, the label responsible for launching Elbow and I Am Kloot.

New Single 'The Morning Paper' boasts the infectious melodies, stunning harmonies and huge production we've come to expect from Jimmy & The Revolvers. The single was produced by Carlo Variola of Ocean Waves Productions and is included in Variola's 'Ocean Waves' album, a compilation of Liverpool bands.

This is holistically good. Excellent song, musicianship, production, and full of heart and soul. Popular music, is in safe hands with bands like this. Find out more on their Facebook page (here).

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Cat Bear Tree - Adult.

Background - An exhilarating portrait of Cat Bear Tree’s melodic alt-pop meets angular indie oeuvre, ‘Settled In Our Hearts’ is out on iTunes (HERE) on Friday 23 October. The EP opens with ‘Adult’, the group’s most danceable tune to date, displaying faint traces of Bloc Party and Warpaint on a song about the complexities of love and maturity. 

Enthused by the trail-blazing women forming brilliant bands such as The Donnas, L7 and Elastica, the three members of Cat Bear Tree spent their teenage years sneaking into London gigs and sourcing inspiration from the capital’s more independently inclined music scenes. It was this punk-rock spirit that first bonded Zoe Konez (guitar and vocals), Claudia Mansaray (bass and vocals) and Sarah Smith (drums and vocals), three fearless players who’d been cutting their teeth on the DIY circuit. Having joined forces it was clear that Cat Bear Tree were a forceful prospect, their infectious indie hooks and open-book lyrics soon earning plaudits on both the blogosphere and stage, where key shows included supports to Mike Skinner and The Tuts. Debut EP ‘Let’s Share Hearts’ was an early statement of intent, earning the group comparisons to the likes of Electrelane and Sleater-Kinney, but it is new release ‘Settled In Our Hearts’ that captures the true qualities of Cat Bear Tree and will stand as their launchpad to broad acclaim, for, as the band admit: “We’ve pushed ourselves further out. This EP sounds like us, now, and we can’t wait for people to connect with it.”

The EP is a treasure trove of really good songs. Bright breezy musical hooks with vocals and harmonies that suggest their hearts are most definitely in the music.

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