Wild Cat Strike
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“They sound ace” - Dan P Carter (BBC R1 Rock Show)
“Beautiful... lush harmonies wrapping themselves around some devastating lyrics” - CLASH
An idiosyncratic, noisy-beautiful brand of alternative rock that is brimming with post-rock and folk influences.
Brighton four-piece Wild Cat Strike unveil their upcoming debut album “Rhubarb Nostalgia”, following early support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, Dork Mag, Clash and more. The album was introduced via the unshakably catchy, country-infused lead single “I Feel Good”, along with an attention-grabbing and raucous video. Forthcoming single "Satellite Towns" has already received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6.
With sets at festivals including 2000trees and Y Not adding to recent support slots for bands including The Xcerts, and regular headlines in their hometown and beyond, Wild Cat Strike have developed into a formidable live outfit while building up momentum in the studio via a flurry of previous EPs.
As their sound has developed over recent years, a new breed of Wild Cat Strike songs has emerged. While keeping elements of their intense, post-rock roots – with swells of distorted guitar, dynamic switches and raw and flowing melodies – they have homed in on an energetic and fresh songwriting style.
With a visceral yet nuanced vocal style, frontman and songwriter Danny Byrom finds influence between Bright Eyes and Charles Bukowski. Bringing candid ruminations on life, death and memory; his charismatic delivery, and guitar playing, are joined by the formidable combination of Max Boughen (guitar), Chris Whitehorn (bass) and Joe Caple (drums).
On several tracks, they also enlisted former band-member Guy Jones to lend his talents, improvising on slide guitar, honky-tonk piano and organ; while label-mate Natalie Evans adds sweet backing vocals on a couple of songs. To complete the sound, several fellow Brighton musicians (members of Delta Sleep, InTechnicolour and Tall Ships – collectively named by Byrom as the “God Damn Gospel Choir”) piled into the vocal booth to lay down some jovial and raucous gang vocals.
After the album drops in October, the band will embark on their first European tour, taking in 6 countries in 9 days, before beginning work on their second record.