‘Kind Words Soft Kill / Centre of the Concrete Square’
AA Single Release 28th October 2013
+ Windmill, Brixton Residency
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council
“A uniquely individual & odd group, creating original music that defies any genre & creates its own” Hugo White – The Maccabees
Baj Kenrick [Guitar] | Catherine Martindale [Vocals] | Vic Meadowcroft [Percussion] | Ziggi Jadovski [Vocals] | Dr Goat Foot [Bass]
Hailing from London, Lisbon and Basildon, Poeticat are a truly unique proposition; fusing the thought provoking spoken word delivery of Catherine Martindale who has been a prominent figure on the spoken word and poetry scene for sometime with the experimental vocal harmonies of fellow European Theatre Arts graduate Ziggi Jadovski. This alone creates something very original. Now add a surreal and captivating genre-bending melting pot which is given an overwhelming sense of roots and power with the phenomenally warm bass lines of Dr Goat Foot from the Institute of Contemporary Music. Taking the band in another direction is percussionist Vic Meadowcroft on the Cajon who pulls in from Latin American music and African rhythms bringing it all together in a loose yet fluid journey while the prowess of guitarist Baj Kenrick reaches into the songs, burrows under the skin and adds another twist, with complex metal guitar riffs and melodies that call upon Testament to Metallica. This is the true alternative spirit that is so much missing in the current musical climate.
‘Kind Words Soft Kill’ feels like its taken out of Diamond Dogs era Bowie whilst ‘Centre of the Concrete Square’ is a hefty experimental punk slab of socialism. It takes people with real bravery to try to do something with individuality. Spoken word has been creeping into the mainstream in recent years in the eclectic forms of The Streets, Scrubious Pip, Saul Williams and Kate Tempest but Poeticat move it in a completely new direction experimenting with every aspect of the music as well as the vocal techniques and interplay between Catherine and Ziggi, story telling, dance routines and they have also had guest appearances from Nelson ‘Papachango’ Marquez of cutting edge Latin band Los Chinces.
Regulars amongst a diverse circuit they received a 5 star review at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have played festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, The Big Chill, Kendal Calling, Beat-Herder, E4 Udderbelly and have supported Kate Nash, Ed Sheeran and Jamie Woon.
A whirlwind live act, you will not have seen anything like Poeticat before.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council they are playing their Brixton Windmill residency in order to promote spoken word performance to the wider music mainstream.
Each residency will incorporate interactive art installations by Elisavet Kalpaxi and include bands and spoken word poets.
Upcoming Residency Shows
Thurs 31st October – Brixton Windmill w/ Le Juki, Wendy Solomon, Birdradio, Theatre Corsair
Sat 28th December – Brixton Windmill
Sat 1st February – Brixton Windmill