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|Origin||England and Canada|
|Genres||Alternative rock, experimental rock|
Cat's Eyes are an alternative pop duo formed in early 2011, by the vocalist Faris Badwan (known for his work with English Indie rock band The Horrors), and the Italian-Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira.
The band were formed after Badwan introduced Zeffira to 1960s girl group music. Zeffira became intrigued by the likes of The Ronettes and acts produced by Joe Meek and Phil Spector, and soon began work on a demo version of a track (which eventually became "The Lull") in a similar style, which on completion she sent to Badwan.
Using Zeffira's classical music contacts the band were able to perform a short performance using a church organ and choir at the Vatican, in front of several important cardinals. Following much positive press on the performance they offered free downloads of two songs via their website. One a cover/remix of Grinderman's "When My Baby Comes" and the other an original composition - "Not a Friend".
On 28 February 2011, the duo released an EP entitled Broken Glass on the Polydor label. It was recorded at Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Studios with record producer Steve Osborne. The Broken Glass EP featured three original compositions, and a cover of a previously unreleased demo song by The Horrors - "Sunshine Girls". It met with positive press and was followed by the release of Cat's Eyes, a full length album, in April 2011.
Also recorded at RealWorld Studios, Cat's Eyes received much positive press.[who?] Badwan has dismissed rumours that the success of Cat's Eyes signals he will depart with The Horrors.
- Cat's Eyes (Polydor, 11 April 2011)
Singles and EPs
- Broken Glass - EP (Polydor, 28 February 2011)
- "Face in the Crowd" / "Bandit" - single (Polydor, 2 May 2011)
- "Over You" / "The Crying Game" - single (Polydor, 25 July 2011)
- Tucker, Rebecca. "Canadian opera singer, British rock star hook up at the Vatican". National Post. January 24, 2011