Cats Park

Artist bio

Cats Park is a Saint Petersburg-based music band founded in 2010. The band's music is not strictly tied to any specific genre. The style that the band works in can be characterized as "trip rock", since elements of psychedelic rock and classic trip hop are the more prominent ones, among others. However, an attentive listener will spot indie, ethereal and many other stylistic facets in the mix.

Everything notable and important to know about the band, will be told by its music itself. The band communicates with their audience using a universal language of pretty and flexible melodies and laid-back ambient rhythms. These songs tell stories both eternal and ever-relevant: they're about love and human relationships, which is why they can touch anyone's heart.

The Cats Park story began in spring of 2010, when a bass guitarist Alexey Andreev met Faijee, a jazz vocalist. The former, having participated in various bands, had an urge to flesh out his own musical ideas and record the material that he had accumulated. The latter, having had lots of work experience on the jazz scene, wanted to unleash the darker side of her creative nature. Both Alex and Faijee felt too restricted by the framework of genre standards and stereotypes they had previously worked with in abundance. They wanted to create and experiment freely.

Studio work began almost immediately. Alex wrote the music, made arrangements and recorded the majority of the material's music content. Faijee wrote the lyrics and created melodic lines. Session musicians were also engaged. The recording was made in best Saint Petersburg studios. A young talented sound engineer Roman Urazov was engaged to work on the material. Together with Alexey Andreev he also co-produced the record. On top of that, in pursuit of perfect sound Cats Park spoke to Abbey Road, the famous London-based studio, which, among other things, provides mastering services. The recorded tracks were sent to Abbey Road, where they were mastered based on the Cats Park suggestions by Christian Wright, whose track record includes work with Muse, Keane and Franz Ferdinand, as well as other bands. The recorded material formed the basis for the debut EP Face the Future, released in April 2012.

The band puts just as much effort into thoroughly visualizing its work. In particular, collaboration with Starbox Production experts resulted in a spectacular and expressive music video for Your Love is a Sin. Since July 16, 2011 the video is featured on YouTube and has been included for rotation by several Internet TV channels. On top of that in summer of 2011 a live show video was recorded and uploaded online as Live from the Placement. The video features a full-fledged band, where Alex and Faijee are accompanied by musicians who had been acquainted with the finished material. That is not a standard way of work, since usually first a band is made up, and the music comes next. However, Cats Park do not want to follow the trodden path. They are interested in experimenting and absolute freedom of expression. And they believe that it is precisely the way to achieve success and touch the hearts of the audience.

The band's short-term plans include live shows, festival appearances and release of a long-play album in fall of 2012.