It’s always nice to see a band with an idiosyncratic style, and York-based five-piece What The Cat Dragged In certainly fit that bill – so much so, that their self-classification under the made-up musical genre of ‘Catdraggage’ seems pretty well justified. They also have a tendency to do pretty much everything themselves, which has resulted in two self-released records emerging this year – first, a three-track EP verbosely entitled The Abstract Nouns In My Concrete Metaphor, and more recently a two-track single, 17 & How Not To. Both of these are available on the WTCDI Bandcamp page, or have a listen to them below. There’s a variety of styles and sounds on display here, from twinkling slow-burner ‘Dérive’ to the scattershot post-punk of ‘How Not To’. The tense dramatics of ’17’ make it a personal favourite of mine, and the vocal interplay on ‘Jealousy’ is particularly wonderful.
The band’s DIY ethos doesn’t stop there, however. They also enjoy hosting gigs in unusual venues, and their latest and most ambitious project is the aptly titled A Gig In A Church. which will be hosted at St. Paul’s Church on Holgate Road in York on Tuesday 20th December. They’ve also got T.E. Morris (of Her Name Is Calla fame) playing main support, and ridiculously talented York youngsters Sombre will be opening the show. (As an aside, this gig will be Sombre’s final ever show – yet another good reason to get yourself down there.) Given the scale of the project, they’ve set up a page on indiegogo where you can contribute to the running of the show in exchange for various goodies – have a look here for more details. All in all, it looks to be a fine way to round off the year for What The Cat Dragged In – here’s hoping that 2012 sees them continue to succeed in doing things on their own terms.
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Main photo courtesy of Adam Robinson (@Adam_Zed on Twitter).