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The Cat Empire

Combining a number of styles, including funk, jazz, and ska, Melbourne, Australia's Cat Empire formed in 1999 as a trio. Due in part to high-energy performances and constant touring, the band regularly reached the Top Five of their native country's ARIA chart. Keyboardist Oliver McGill, double bassist Ryan Monro, and percussionist Felix Riebl, the founding members, were eventually joined by trumpet player Harry James Angus, drummer Will Hull-Brown, and DJ Jamshid Khadiwala. A single and a live EP preceded the band's first album, The Cat Empire (2003), which eventually went triple platinum in Australia. At that point, they had already played the Melbourne Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and WOMAD. Two Shoes (2005), their second album, was recorded in Havana, Cuba, and topped the ARIA chart. Cities followed a year later and made another impressive commercial showing, but it was So Many Nights (2007) that crystallized their frenetic, fun-loving sound.

Meanwhile, the band became a major festival and club attraction. Live on Earth (2009) anthologized some of their on-stage highlights. They continued to develop new material; Cinema (2010) was as widely acclaimed as So Many Nights and featured increased levels of restraint and maturity. In 2011, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their first gig, the band returned to the small Australian venues that hosted their earliest gigs. By the end of the year, they had also completed an extensive tour of Europe and North America. Steal the Light (2013) ended their longest between-albums gap to that point, yet it instantly became their fourth Top Five album. It was trumped by Rising with the Sun (2016), which became the band's second Australian number one album upon release and incorporated photos of over 3,500 global fans in its artwork. Throughout the course of their career, the band's members were involved in numerous outside recording and performing projects, including Jackson Jackson (hip-hop) and the Conglomerate (a jazz quartet). ~ Andy Kellman & James Wilkinson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Steal The Light

1. Brighter Than Gold

2. Prophets In The Sky

3. Steal The Light

4. Am I Wrong

5. Wild Animals

6. Still Young

7. Like A Drum

8. Open Up Your Face

9. Go

10. Sleep Won't Sleep

11. Don't Throw Your Hands Up

12. All Night Loud

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Track List: Cinema

1. Waiting

2. Falling

3. Feeling's Gone

4. Only Light

5. All Hell

6. Shoulders

7. The Heart Is A Cannibal

8. Reasonably Fine

9. Call Me Home

10. On My Way

11. Beyone All

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Track List: So Many Nights

1. So Many Nights

2. Panama

3. Fishies

4. Sunny Moon

5. Til The Ocean Takes Us All

6. No Mountain

7. So Long

8. No Longer There

9. Lonely Moon

10. Radio Song

11. The Darkness

12. Voodoo Cowboy

13. Strong Coffee

14. Won't Be Afraid

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Track List: Two Shoes

1. Sly

2. In My Pocket

3. Lullaby

4. The Car Song

5. Two Shoes

6. The Chariot (2006)

7. Sol Y Sombra

8. Party Started

9. Protons, Neutrons, Electrons

10. Saltwater

11. The Night That Never End

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Track List: The Cat Empire

1. How To Explain

2. Days Like These

3. The Lost Song

4. The Chariot

5. Hello

6. One Four Five

7. The Rhythm

8. The Wine Song

9. Nothing

10. Beanni

11. The Crowd

12. Manifesto

13. All That Talking

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Track List: Brighter Than Gold (Single)

1. Brighter Than Gold

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Track List: Rising With The Sun

1. Wolves

2. Bulls

3. Midnight

4. Blasting Away

5. You Are My Song

6. Eagle

7. Bataclan

8. Rising With The Sun

9. Daggers Drawn

10. Qué Será Ahora

11. Creature

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max4134
Just superb what a fusion of styles! great lyrics
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salernomj.ms
How did I miss these guys? AWESOME SOIND.
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Wolves pls.... God get your music up to date pandora... Hey one more thing if you are a vegetarian or a vegan or a meat eater I would suggest you read my bio... Or not
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Best party band ever!
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love the horns!
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roamsedge
It's the best!
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shaney_boy11
these guys are going to Melbourne zoo for 2015 zoo twilights!!
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wgfunk1017
Best band I've ever heard. I don't know who else has intertwined so many styles so fluidly. GENIUS!!!
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@martyvh it was aaaammmmazin g g g
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Aiii papi, hchello hcelloooooo
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@Mollerfesti v a l How was it?
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So pumped for the 1000th show at fed square!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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My favourite band in the whole entire word!!!!!
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To have jazz, funk, ska and hip hop sounds but still remain accessible to the mainstream by staying entertaining and even party-worthy AND combine it all very successfully AND with a sound that, as Melody said, isn't already in every single gig is an awesome achievement that is being ignored by far too many people! The Cat Empire are absolute legends.
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That is real fresh music, they really produce music that isn't already swarming around. I truly love these guys. Thank you sooo much Cat Empire
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jay_nisenbau m
saw them live last night - excellent vibe!
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Infectious
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Still like!
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grumpylukegu y 4 2
Wow they sound just like the Kinks!
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Tour dates announced in the states! Yes!!! Finally get to see my favorite band live! I cannot wait. Just have to figure out which shows I will attend!
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I love these guys, I will finally get to see them in Canada!
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I saw them live by accident, in a park in Boston, a few years ago--my friend and I thought someone's boombox had super-high fidelity until we saw the stage, and we were absolutely psyched!
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ericmcj
The Cat Empire will take you around the world in 30 seconds OR LESS!! Best. Live. Show. EVAR!! I wish they would tour the U.S. more extensively. I have seen them 3 times in Cali. Once in LA back in 2010, and did a two show stint this year in LA and San Diego. If they toured more, I'd follow these dudes. Musical geniuses! Fun as hell!
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saw these guys in Seattle with a friend had no idea what i was in for. These guys rocked the house.
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ibelieveinat h i n g c a l l e d t i m
the night that never end is probably the only ten minute song that's worth listening all the way through. these guys are great (at least for ten minutes)
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rllngstn72
Love these guys...final l y going to see them after years of waiting!!
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Trying not to nod my head to the beat too much, at work:)
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yes
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scuba85
Saw them three times live, and @Matthew Powell is completely right. The live show is AMAZING!
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I love things that seem impossible :)
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solid
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All I can do is dance. :)
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hernandezinv c t s
I love this band....alwa y s puts me in a good mood.
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tm4000m
Music is incredible, but somehow their live show is exponentiall y better! If you have a chance SEE THESE GUYS!!!
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This band blows me away!!!
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holy s**t... I'm in love
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st2ge
Bad day at work, or just in general? Can't beat playing these guys to make you realize it could be worse.
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evanbortzfie l d
played december 5th in new york. best show i've ever been to
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camilledelac e y
I love this band! It's a seed "artist" for a pandora station, and I keep coming back to it day after day!
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evanbortzfie l d
they have one show in the U.S. this year, December 5th New York City. Have had my ticket since July
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I think these Cat's are really cool and I always enjoy their Two Shoes album. I wonder if they tour in the US.
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aaronjet9
best band ever!!!!
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AWESOME! Reminds me of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, but possibly better.
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mykola.kramp e r
meowwww
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ryan.drollet t e 2
The cat empire has a way of styles and sounds seamlessly. They are the coolest cats int the ally.
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I like their first album the most, but then, they are great !
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I like their first album the best, but I really like all 4 of their albums. These guys put out some high quality music.
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i have always loved the cat empire from day one- the entire album "the cat empire" is my fav.
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I just listened to a few of their songs and I really like them a lot! Very cool band!
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haha or girl. sorry. :D
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