Bob Marley and the Wailers, Kingfisha, Sade
Claire Cottone - Vocals, Guitars Jules Cottone - Bass, Vocals Dave Bell - Drums Stevie Buchanan - Trumpet Angela Gadd - Trombone
jamaican reggae, old school funk and soul, ska
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Australian dynamic roots act CC the Cat are an anthem pumping, drum and bass-heavy, brass-blowing, booty-shaking, eye-popping reggae-funk-soul explosion fronted by sexy soul diva Claire Cottone (aka CC), whose powerful soul voice ranges from gutsy depths to soaring heights and has blown the heads off many audiences and won her many fans across her expansive performing career.
CC’s addictive songs push genre boundaries from reggae, ska and dancehall to funk and soul, acoustic rock and twist of jazz, making the live show a journey across a mesmerising mash of musical planes. CC the Cat have toured Australia tirelessly for the past 7 years and have produced some of Australia’s most epic roots recordings on an independent level.
The Brisbane/Gold Coast-based 5-piece released their second full-length album Songs from the Sea in August 2013 off the back of a successful crowd funding campaign which demonstrated CC’s close relationship with her dedicated fanbase from around the world. Songs From the Sea follows CC the Cat's 2010 debut, reggae odyssey and radio fave Inna Babylon Jungle, which was described by Rave Mag reviewer as "one of the best Australian reggae albums I've ever heard”.
Songs from the Sea has proven to be a solid follow-up to the debut album, with its lead singles sitting in the top ten nationally in Airit for two months and hitting #1 at Brisbane’s 4ZzZ. The album’s lead singles were selected by by vinyl label Vital Signs Records to be pressed on 7” record.
The tracks range from upbeat pop-ska love tunes, to deep beautiful soul tracks, happy reggae numbers, bangin’ dancehall and old-school funk, with guest performances by some of Brisbane’s most prominent musicians including members of Bobby Alu, Kingfisha, Bullhorn and the Queensland Orchestra. The album was arranged for the most part by Brisbane’s own Jimi Hendrix (Grim Tilla) and produced by Paulie B in Brisbane’s reggae capital of West End.
CC THE CAT’s live show is packed with fat drum and bass polyrhythms, punchy horn breakdowns and coordinated dance moves, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and a heap of fun, love and energy.
CC’s 5-piece line-up currently features super-funk bassist (CC’s sister) Julia Rose, drummer Dave Bell (Kingfisha), trumpeter Steven Buchanan (Bullhorn) and trombonist Ange Gadd. Between them, band members have played nearly every major festival stage in Australia.
CC the Cat have played main stages at Woodford Folk Festival, Island Vibe Festival, Nannup Festival, Earth Freq, Mardi Grass, Parklife and regularly play sold-out shows on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay as well as regularly touring the East Coast from FNQ to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
CC THE CAT’s sound has been compared with Blue King Brown, Sade and Bob Marley and the Wailers.