As the frontman for British psychedelic-rockers the Horrors, Faris Badwan and his bandmates took a major stylistic leap between the band’s first and second albums, essentially reinventing themselves in the process. In the same spirit, Badwan has transformed himself creatively once again with his new duo, Cat’s Eyes. The project is a partnership between him and Rachel Zeffira, a Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London.
The group’s first ever live appearance took place in December, amid some secrecy, at St Peter’s in the Vatican, where they performed a reworked version of their song “I Knew It Was Over” during an afternoon mass attended by several high-ranking cardinals. Footage from this can be viewed at www.catseyesmusic.com. Continuing to make each of their live shows a truly special experience, Cat’s Eyes have decided to do only three US dates – so don’t miss them if you’re in the area!
In the collision of the two very separate worlds of Badwan and Zeffira, something magical has come into being. Cat’s Eyes eponymous debut album (May 3rd; Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records) is a romantic pop masterpiece fit to dine at the same table as mid-’60s productions by Phil Spector, Joe Meek or Shadow Morton, but with a fiercely modern, experimental premise, which constantly leaves you wondering just what you’re listening to, and how on earth it was created.
The duo’s album was recorded at RealWorld studios near Bath with producer Steve Osborne. All Cat’s Eyes artwork is designed and photographed by Chris Cunningham, director of iconic videos for Aphex Twin (“Windowlicker”; “Come to Daddy”) and Bjork (“All is Full of Love.”)
Cat’s Eyes Tour Dates:
05/03: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/06: Los Angeles, CA @ Natural History Museum
05/07: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent