Sure we’ve heard about you before, but we think it’s time for Tone Deaf to get to know you a little better. Slip in to something comfortable while we put on some music, pour us a couple of drinks and turn the lights down low. So, tell us about yourselves…Who are you – who who? We really wanna know….
Who are you and what do you do in your act?
Hi my name is Warwick from Cat Cat, I play electric guitar and baritone guitar and do a bit of singing. Kieran and Conor are in the band as well.
‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parents’ record collection and why?
My parents’ record collection was mostly classical or Yanni, and growing up I found this mostly unappealing. However I am never sure what happened to it, but I used to jive to the official Young Einstein soundtrack 12 inch. It was bright pink and had a matching cassette. It had great Australian music and brief monologues by Yahoo Serious.
What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
Today by Galaxie 500.
‘Home taping is killing the music business’ was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s, but it managed to survive until now. What do you think is the difference between mates taping copies of friend’s records back in the 80s and 90s and file sharing now?
I think as an idea it’s pretty much the same, I guess it’s the fact that it can happen at a dramatically faster speed that frightens people – “SLOW DOWN YOU’RE STEALING MUSIC TOO FAST!”. On a a softer less dramatic note I believe good people are still going to go out and purchase their favourite record if they love it.
You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What was the first gig you went to? Where was it and what was the venue?
Ok you got me, officially the first show I went to was when holidaying in Coolangatta my parents took us to the Twin Towns Services Club to see Lee Kernaghan, love my parents. The first show I took myself to see was Magic Dirt and Powderfinger at ANU Bar in Canberra about a decade ago.
What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?
DreamDamage.com, and yes you can find some of our music there. It has a lot of music from ace bands I’ve played with before. You can buy releases from the label itself if you want to.
What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?
Have you ever been arrested?
I should have been.
Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?
A belt of scotch, and forgetting how to tune my guitar seems to have become a regular ritual.
What’s been your most outrageous rider request?
I think it was the fact that there was no rider at one particular gig that made requesting one free beer outrageous.
Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?
Personally, as my own solo project Orbits and not the band, I’d like to collaborate with Paul Heslin. A very clever man based in Melbourne who does some very engaging sounds.
Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low, or even better, where we can see you play in person next.
We have two previous Eps, ‘Dig Mountains’ (2009) and Waking Space’ (2010) which can be found in the label store http://birdslovefighting.bandcamp.com
As we have a new album coming out in around October we’re trying to get some shows in so you can catch us at:
The Workers Club, Fitzroy – Released Series, Sunday 14 August with Jonny Telafone and TV Colours
Town Hall Hotel, North Melbourne – Friday 19 August with Wizard Oz
‘Like’ us on Facebook if you’d like to know when we’re touring and releasing our album http://www.facebook.com/catcattheband