I always have my doubts with new progressive post-hardcore bands that hit the scene. There has been such a saturation within that market, making it hard to find bands which have their own original sound. Cat Company stood out amongst them for several reasons, however. One apparent aspect was their groovy instrumentation. The band takes heavy influences from progressive post-hardcore groups(Closure in Moscow, Sianvar), as well as Japanese rock/experimental/pop groups(Té, Ling Tosite Sigure). The five-piece band creates something uniquely their own with this release by blending those elements with more rock-based genres.
From a personal standpoint, it reminds me of Happiness-era Dance Gavin Dance, with a stronger hit of DGD’s most recent releases like Mothership. While at times it becomes too similar to the inspiration, the EP is a great debut for the band into the scene. It achieves a certain familiarity while also containing lots of originality and skill.
While I enjoy all of the songs, the funkiest, perhaps, is their song Sad Dance. This song also happened to be the bands first single of their newest self-titled EP the released at the beginning of May. Right from the start, the single Sad Dance is packed with lots of energy and funk for your ears. I can attest that there were ample amounts of head bobbing going on during this writer’s listening. The musicianship exhibited by all of the individuals is unparalleled. Everything is very intricate, making it crucial that every musician is in tune with each other in order to create a cohesive sound.
Cat Company – Sad Dance
One thing I love about the band is that they’re DIY in both music production as well as their video production for the music video above. Hopefully, it can inspire other musicians to create their own music and do things independently.
Perhaps my favorite song from the short EP is Morpheus the Black. Right from the start the instruments take over and lead the song in. Every hit is precise and reliant on having musicians who understand their instruments on a professional level. With lots of progressive post-hardcore, the vocals can get a bit whiney at times. Yet, the band does an excellent job of diversifying enough between instrumental sections and harsher vocals to keep their sound interesting. The screaming parts elude heavily to frontmen like Jon Mess of DGD who have a certain delivery that is different compared to other screamers in the genre.
While these are only a few aspects I loved, the majority of the EP is a great listen. Some of the songs drag on, yet there were plenty of sections which kept me listening till the end.