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Mixed & Mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami
Nerida Trask - vocals, kaos pad
Richmond Brain - Guitar, lap steel, dobro and analogue synthesisers
Ben Thomas - bass
Greg Ryan - drums
Catnip is a Melbourne based independent band who play lyric based songs within a lush cinematic sound scape. Their unique sound is created with electric guitar, lap steel, bass, drums and a relaxed vocal style.
Catnip were named after the neighbourhood cat befriended them and decided to stay. She's still with them enjoying the warmth of Richmond's vintage amps and occasionally using them as a scratching post!
After seducing crowds at this years Peat's Ridge Festival, Catnip successfully launched their debut album Falling, at the Northcote Social Club, Saturday 27 January.
Several years in the making, Falling was engineered and co-produced by ARIA award winner Chris Thompson (The Waifs). Already receiving extremely favourable reviews nationally and internationally, Falling is a sublime debut that follows on in the cinematic vein of their EP Pink & Blue & Green released in 2003.
The international version of the album remixed by renowned producer Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500, Urge Overkill, Palace Brothers, Danielson Familie, Jeffrey Lewis) is scheduled for release in January 2008 in the US, Canada, UK and Europe through Second Shimmy with distribution through Cargo Distribution.
"An affectingly spooky and haunting debut from a gifted and adventurous band...The vocal style of singer Nerida Trask calls to mind Harriet Wheeler of 90s Brit band The Sundays, with occasional hints of the Cowboy Junkies Margo Timmins and Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser. The musical backing wanders from electronica into something more organic and rootsy and back again, like a less funereal Black Heart Procession, particularly on Here We Go Again, which has some fine other worldly guitar drifting around amongst keyboard bleeps and blips. The record creates a haunting lonely sunlit atmosphere, and although Nerida's vocals don't go as far as the Liz Fraser non-language thing, they significantly contribute to the mood as another instrument, at least as much as they do in terms of lyrics. The drums too are not merely beat keeping but adding textures, such as on the closing of Wish I Was A Bird. Stay has a touch of David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti menace, indeed much of the record has cinematic open spaces running through it. Tomorrow Is A Long Time is early Cowboy Junkies style, but like many of the songs, it's so well done that the influences just get overridden. A very promising debut. 8 out of 10" Patrick Wilkins www.americana-uk.com
"Catnip are well named: after indulging in this four-song EP, you'll want nothing more than to sprawl out on the carpet or the sofa, limbs akimbo, while someone rubs your back or your stomach or whatever, really, as long as they don't quit rubbing." Splendid-e-Zine
"Slowly meandering into the listener's consciousness first comes softly whispered female vocals, with a delicacy that neither oversteps the saccharine twee line, nor losing itself to an airy presence without intimacy. Think a less baroque version of The Paradise Motel crossed with bits of Portishead/Mazzy Star." OzMusicProject
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