Victorians, Fables and Looping Machines – an interview with Jordan Reyne

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By Jordan Mooney.

Today’s interview is with another performer we saw at Whitby Goth Weekend.

Despite being the first act of her night, she ended up becoming the performer of the Saturday evening and has completely dominated our aspirations of whom to interview from the line up.

With a seriously intelligent performance – building a complete band from only this one lady and a guitar. This is the first time we’ve ever seen the magic of looping machines on stage, and with it this single performer somehow succeeded in toppling the competition, even, for me, providing a more fascinating spectacle than the ‘big’ group of the evening.

With incredibly well produced lyrics telling stories of people surviving in the smoky backdrop of the Victorian Industrial revolution, it’s no wonder as to why Jorda...

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Modelling, Vocal Coaching and Rockstar on Tour – An Interview With Alexa De Strange

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By Jordan Mooney.

There are few bands we’ve been quite so complimentary towards as Alexa De Strange.

We’ve dubbed them ‘world class’. We’ve claimed there’s few bands that deserve recognition as much as them…we solemnly believe Alexa De Strange to be one of the finest in the UK’s independent talent.

However there’s a lot more to the Strange family than meets the eye.

Indeed, Alexa, Shannon, George and Chris have weaved in and out of numerous bands, outfits, lifestyles and ideals in their time, but none quite so much as Alexa herself.

She’s classically trained, she’s worked with some huge artists, and now, here she is in an independent – near operatic – rock and roll outfit that we’ve simply fallen in love with.

And the story doesn’t end there.

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Genuine Rock and Roll with all the gristle left in: Meet Liquid Meat!

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By Jordan Mooney.

A lot is to be said for rock and roll.

In a time where so much ‘rock’ is populated by old men who can barely keep their teeth in their skulls – let alone hold a note – it’s always refreshing to hear something fresh, something unusual, something that perks one up a bit at first listen.

Similarly, it’s increasingly unusual to hear something that sticks to those – on the face of it – unpleasant, seedy values that have built up rock and roll over the years. Drinking Absinthe until you can smell colours, intimidating men and turning on women with copious bulges in your jeans and over exposed chest hair, and, of course, wearing hundreds of tattoos on your arms alone. In terms of sound? A bit more complicated.

To sound like a ‘proper’ rock group, you have to sound loud, confiden...

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Gig Review – Corporation, Sheffield – 26th of June 2014

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By Jordan Mooney.

Photographs by Zhaos Photography.

Yorkshire, and, in many ways, the North in general, has a lot of difficulty in the alternative scene.

Mainly because there isn’t much of one that’s heavily recognised or identified with. When we’re based in Leeds, this makes things difficult. Our closest concert city is Manchester, and even this fine city isn’t too accepting of the punk ethic.

Needless to say, this broad, somewhat sweeping definition has no interest in saying there isn’t a scene at all. Of course there is – it’s simply not recognised. The closest that Yorkshire has to true alternative scenes are the unusual and eclectic festivals, such as the seminal Whitby Goth. It simply seems that the majority is buried deep underground.

Which has a few effects.

The first is that we’ve...

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An Interview with Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire

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By Jo Whitby and Celine Lux.

roddyimg1Sheltering from the sun in the shade of a nearby building, we tuck in to our first authentic Italian ice cream on Byres Road in the West End of Glasgow. Believe it or not, Glasgow is currently the hottest place in the UK which means we are, of course, wearing far too much clothing for such glorious weather. We’ve arranged to meet Roddy Hart at a local coffee shop called ‘Tinderbox’, its name a reference to the Cocteau Twins track ‘The Tinderbox (Of a Heart)’ perhaps? After initially seating ourselves at a small table directly underneath a speaker piping out the kind of trendy music only coffee shops play we move across to a recently vacated booth – coffee is ordered and we begin setting up.

Enter Roddy Hart.

Sporting a short sleeved plaid shirt, jeans...

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Filler Feature: The Cat on the Wall Gig Routine

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By Jordan Mooney.
Routine built in partnership with Matthew Sambrook and Kane Foster.

Everybody has a routine when it comes to concerts, regardless of genre or location – certain ‘traditions’ that you establish as your gig count racks up. This can surround travelling to the city in which the gig is due to take place, or finding your bearings, or simply what you have to do before returning to your hotel, car, private jet or pumpkin carriage.

Today, for the benefit of absolutely nobody, we at Cat on the Wall present our methods.*

*In actual fact, it’s because of some slow responding music promoters leaving us with no feature this week. The result is this filler piece is one of the most informal things we’ve ever published..!

—THE CAT ON THE WALL ROUTINE—

Step One: Dress to confuse or impre...

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A Video Interview with Chasing Dragons / ‘Checkmate’ Launch Party Review!

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By Jordan Mooney
Photographs by Zhaos Photography

The 30th of May is a date for many historical events. The date of Henry the VIII’s Marriage to Jane Seymour, the date of Joan of Arc’s burning and The Memorial Day Massacre, to name but a few.

Many of these events are not quite your usual causes of jubilation. However, May the 30th of 2014 has proven itself as a date of excellence for music, with an excellent launch party. With excellent people. And, perhaps most importantly…excellent bands. Also giving the chance, of course, for your increasingly infamous reporter to wear his favoured waistcoats and headgear.

We were here for a very specific reason. Our first ever video interview.

This is the first time Cat on the Wall has even attempted a video interview, and it’s sure to be a funny – i...

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Whitby Goth Weekend – Day Two – Saturday the 26th, April 2014

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography.

STOP: BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER, MAKE SURE YOU’VE READ DAY ONE!

Before I begin, my apologies to all whom have been so eagerly awaiting part two of this review. Winning an award, a spate of illness and some suspiciously big acts paying attention to Cat on the Wall has really drawn our focus over the past few weeks and we truly are sorry that it’s gotten in the way of the second part of our review. If all goes well, it won’t happen again.

It was morning, and the town of Whitby suddenly looked almost visible again...

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Motorcycles and Motorhead – A Grizzlies Double Feature

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By Jordan Mooney

Before we head into the second day of our Whitby Goth Weekend review, we’ve got another eclectic little group of rockers due any moment now.

Any moment…

Ah, here they are.

Today’s group is The Grizzlies, formed in 2012 and Built up of Rob Tee (Robert Topulos) on Vocals and Guitar, French Oli (Olivier Guillon) on lead guitars, Paul Magnenat (bass) and Nicholas Badel (drums), this quartet have ultimately raised a grand furry beast from the forest, cleaned it up a bit, given his coat a perm, covered its bikini area and stuck it on stage.

The result is a hefty paced, catchy group of riffs and drumbeats...

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Cat on the Wall – Best Welsh Music and Entertainment Blog of 2014

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By Jordan Mooney.

Cat on the Wall is very excited to announce that last night, after the third year reaching the final nominees, we were awarded the Carrick Creative Best Music and Entertainment Blog of 2014 at the Wales Blog Awards.

This is huge testament to the work put into Cat on the Wall both past and present, and the ‘zine’s founders, Jo Whitby and Celine Lux, were both present and correct to pick up the award personally.

While we didn’t quite make the People’s Choice award, every single vote meant a million to each and every staff member at Cat on the Wall towers regardless, and we thank every one of you for your support.

Thank you to everybody at the Wales Blog Awards for a wonderful evening and, of course, for giving us the award!

Here’s hoping this is another step to 2014 being t...

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