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The Cat Empire

Combining a number of styles -- from funk to jazz to ska -- Melbourne, Australia's Cat Empire formed in 1999 as a trio. Keyboardist Oliver McGill, double bassist Ryan Monro, and percussionist Felix Riebl 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, which was released in 2003. At that point, they had already played the Melbourne Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and WOMAD. Two Shoes, their second album, was recorded in Havana, Cuba, and released in 2005. Cities followed a year later but it was 2007’s So Many Nights that, for many, crystallized their frenetic, fun-loving and party-focused sound. Although 2008 was a quiet year for the band, Live on Earth appeared in 2009, bringing together a number of their favorite onstage recordings. Their 2010 studio album, Cinema, was as widely acclaimed as So Many Nights, but betrayed an increasingly restrained and mature take on the Cat Empire sound. Next, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first gig, in 2011 the band returned to the small Australian venues that had played host to their initial forays into live performance. By the end of the year, they had also completed an extensive tour of Europe and North America. Throughout the course of their career, the band's members were involved in numerous outside recording and performing projects, including the hip-hop outfit Jackson Jackson and the jazz quartet, The Conglomerate.~ Andy Kellman & James Wilkinson
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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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love this song
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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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:-D =-O :-D =-O :-D !!!!!!!!!
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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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fallomere
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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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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dude just buy the album the cat empire. :D it's mad good. it's got chariot and the lost song. and many more awesome jams. sounds like ur cuz is a pretty cool guy. peace.
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gtolmie
hey yall
im new to the cat empire, some of their songs were played at my cousins wedding and i really enjoyed it
could someone point out some of the better songs or what album i should buy. really want some of the action but i dont want to get the wrong album.

Advice is welcomed and much appreciated
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