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Cats In Space - 2017 Scarecrow


ARTIST: Cats In Space
ALBUM: Scarecrow
LABEL: Harmony Factory
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Paul Manzi - lead vocals * Greg Hart - guitar, backing vocals * Dean Howard - guitar * Andy Stewart - keyboards * Jeff Brown - bass, backing vocals * Steevi Bacon - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jupiter Calling * 02 The Mad Hatter's Tea Party * 03 Clown In Your Nightmare * 04 Scars * 05 September Rain * 06 Broken Wing * 07 Two Fifty Nine * 08 Felix & The Golden Sun * 09 Timebomb * 10 Scarecrow


WEBLINKS: Official Website | FB Page

Cats In Space were the surprise packet in 2015 with their 'Too Many Gods' album. The band featured alumni from Moritz, If Only, Airrace, The Sweet and Statetrooper. Once again they turn up the screws with another polished performance on this their second album 'Scarecrow', combining progressive pop and AOR with a recipe designed for maximum aural impact.

The Songs
There's ten tracks of aural goodness, most of which hover round the four minute mark. Though three tracks specially - go well into overtime, including the 6min 23s 'Jupiter Calling', which should give anyone with a remote interest in this style of rock, a good idea as to Cats In Space modus operandi. 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' is as eccentric song-title, but get this.. the tip-tap piano has pomp intentions, but the whole song is delivered similarly to the much maligned Swedes Houston, especially the vocals. 'Clown In Your Nightmare' might have thinking about last years horror movie 'IT', and all the clown memes which popped up on the Internet as a result. Maybe this is the musical equivalent? 'Scars' is a melody-laden affair, big on vocal harmonies and an overall pleasant delivery. You can't help but be mesmerized by the 70's pop style of 'September Rain', my highlight so far. The lead vocal and arrangement for 'Broken Wing' is pretty darn catchy, so too 'Two Fifty Nine', which again, invokes the ghost of Houston, especially on that chorus. CIS drop into quirky mode for 'Felix And The Golden Sun', finding traces of Pilot, 10cc and bands of that ilk. 'Timebomb' is a drama filled number, I'm loving this one too, because the delivery matches the song-title perfectly, especially when the band go upbeat and crash/bang everything in sight. The final track is the title-track 'Scarecrow', all of 7 and a half minutes worth, notable for an expansive delivery and huge vocals.

In Summary
From reading across the Internet, just about everywhere you go, the plaudits have been resoundingly good for this album and this band. It is albums like this which will probably set the tone for future articles here at GDM, rather than the usual monotonous fare we've been dealing in recent years. So expect to see more independent releases grace our pages into the future.

Cats In Space - 2017 Jupiter Calling

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#1 | Jez on January 27 2018 15:24:46
As with the debut, another superb album. A top 5 from me
#2 | rkbluez on January 27 2018 21:41:13
Great band and album...certainly one of my favorite new bands to come out in a long while...really like this band and look forward to what they come up with next.
#3 | Explorer on January 28 2018 11:57:52
On first listening to this I was strangely a little disappointed, but I stuck with it and it started to reap the rewards for me, as you quite rightly say George a tasty blend of Progressive Pop and AOR, Progressive being the operative word which is probably where the `AOR` bands of today are getting it wrong. Didn`t all those classic AOR bands of the past have that progressive element within their music, which made it that little bit more special?..just a thought.
#4 | melodiapositiva on January 28 2018 14:19:00
Totally agree with the last coment ,prog aor rules!
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