The Cat Empire: A Sexy bunch of lads with their head screwed on
At the tender age of 16 (told you I was a late bloomer!) I fell in love. Ass over tit in love. My heart throb was none other than the latino, hip swinging, chocolate coated Felix. Felix Riebl lead vox from The Cat Empire. I mean, what guy or gal could resist that seductive “hello hello”!
Living out in the sticks I never, ever thought I would have the chance to jump the all might Empire (FYI Did actually jump Harry James Angus- don't think like that! as in when he walked by I jumped on him and gave him a huge hig- pretty sure I scared the poor boy). Luckily for me the cosmos was on my side! Two years on and the crew toured through the Country Music Capital of Australia, Tamworth.
Sweet beats, screaming trumpets, smooth raps, and the voice that could take any girl/ dude and their dog into a state of ecstasy – oh the tenderness of Felix. At this stage they had only released the one album, and believe me there gig that night definitely pre empted their next record … I’ve got two shows for dancing! Never before had Tamworth seen hips and shoes as lose as the Empire’s.
Following the gig we may have joined the band for a few cheeky bevies as they got to know the locals. First impressions better not last – HJA will probably never return … (apparently a lot of screaming teens at this gig – ahh, not going to lie, totally my fault!)
From this day on my love for the Empire has only deepened. There passion for music is what keeps the punters drooling. Show after show they deliver with high energy, from their popular tunes “hello hello” to Felix’s own, “no longer there” – a song highlighting the frightening issues around climate change.
Like their music – a jazz and pop infusion- The Cat Empire are bringing music and the environment onto one single playing field. Just last week Felix performed on the steps of the Opera house along side The Beautiful Girls and the choir Café at the Gates of Salvation, as part of the global International Day of Climate Action. If you haven’t yet checked it out, you definitely should - 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.
All I can say is that this band really bought jazz back to main stream music where it belongs. A sexy bunch of dancing lads with their head screwed on – how can anyone say no!