Gypsy & The Cat
|Gypsy & The Cat|
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Genres||Indie pop, dream pop|
|Labels||Sony, Alsatian Music|
Gypsy & The Cat is an indie/dream pop duo formed by former Melbourne DJs Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers. Their first live performance was in 2010 in London, where they were based for much of that year. They released their debut album in November 2010, "Gilgamesh", played in UK and Australia, and have received significant airplay including on Triple J, Nova and Fox during 2011. Gypsy & The Cat were an Unearthed J Award nominee in 2010 and finished the year with three hit songs in the station's Top 100 for the Year - their most popular track being, perhaps, Jona Vark. During 2010-2011, they extensively toured Australia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Hong Kong and performed further concerts in UK. Their first album, Gilgamesh, was awarded a Gold Record, and as of mid-2012, they had sold 240,000 units concerning it.
In October 2012 Gypsy & The Cat started their own record label Alsatian Music. They independently released their 2nd Album, The Late Blue. Produced by the band themselves and mixed by Dave Fridman (MGMT, Flaming Lips), they also collborated with video wunderkind Krozm for the first single 'Sorry' and emerging fine artist Mark Alsweiler took care of the album artwork. 2nd Single from The Late Blue, Bloom - had massive success with a placement for Europe Canon's Power To Your Next Step campaign and in Australia as the feature in the Big M Kakao. In 2013 the band took the album across Australia & the US on headline tours as well as playing Future Music Festival joining the line up with bands such as the Stone Roses & Bloc Party.
2014 has seen the band preparing a third album - as yet unreleased.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2012||The Late Blue
Gilgamesh Album Tracks
1. Time to Wander
2. The Piper's Song
3. Jona Vark
5. Sight of a Tear
6. Human Desire
7. Parallel Universe
9. Watching Me, Watching You
10. Running Romeo
11. A Perfect 2
- "Time to Wander" No. 46 Germany
- "The Piper's Song"
- "Jona Vark" No. 22 Germany, No. 45 Austria, No. 61, Switzerland
- "Running Romeo"
The Late Blue (2012)
The Late Blue was released in Australia on 19 October and will be available in early 2013 worldwide. On 15 November, The Late Blue became available worldwide on iTunes. Towers and Bacash worked on this record at a farm studio. On 20 September, Gypsy & The Cat released the dates for their Australian tour, which commenced after the release of the new album.
In an interview with music journalist Nick Milligan for the Maitland Mercury, Towers said: "It's [the new record] probably a bit more 'summery'. There's a little bit of world [music] influence in it. It's definitely different to the first album in many ways - there's lots more major chords. With Gilgamesh there were more minor chords. We're just doing what we want to do, like we always have. On the next album we might do something even different, but I think [on this album] we needed to do something a little more 'left' than the first album."
The album was released independently, rather than with a major label.
The Late Blue Album Tracks
1. Only in December
3. Broken Kites
4. The Late Blue
5. It's a Fine Line
7. Valleys of Kashmir
8. Soul Kiss
9. Zombie World
10. When Micky Came In
- Lau, Kristie (26 September 2010), "Cat's scratching", Sun Herald
- McCabe, Kathy (19 November 2010), "Hip cats get UK cream", Daily Telegraph
- Browne, Sally (14 November 2010), "Making a feline for fame", The Sunday Mail
- "Gypsy & The Cat. Unearthed nomination". ABC. 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- statistic at acharts.us
- Johnston, Chris (26 November 2010), "Gilgamesh review", The Age
- "Gilgamesh review", Hobart Mercury, 20 November 2010
- "Time To Wander review", Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, 24 June 2010
- weekly news of media control Germany, 20 December 2011 (German)