Wild Cat Strike Release Single “Satellite Towns”
Taken From Forthcoming Debut Album “Rhubarb Nostalgia” Due October Via Small Pond Recordings
“Satellite Towns” is the arresting second single to emerge ahead of Wild Cat Strike’s debut album, ‘Rhubarb Nostalgia’, which drops in October via Small Pond recordings. Following a radio premiere on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, and further high profile support from Radcliffe & Maconie (BBC 6Music Lunchtime Show) and the Riot Act Podcast, the single will be released along with a music video on 22nd August ahead of the impact date of 14th September.
With recent releases, including previous single “I Feel Good”, this Brighton four-piece have marked themselves out as a band to keep an eye on, gaining support from Dork mag, CLASH and Original Rock, to name a few.
As their sound has developed over recent years, a new breed of Wild Cat Strike songs has emerged. While keeping elements of their intense, post-rock roots – with swells of distorted guitar, dynamic switches and raw and flowing melodies – they have homed in on an energetic and fresh songwriting style. The lyrics of frontman Danny Byrom bring candid and wryly witty ruminations on life, death and memory; his nuanced, charismatic vocal delivery, and guitar playing, are joined by the formidable combination of Max Boughen (guitar), Chris Whitehorn (bass) and Joe Caple (drums).
On “Satellite Towns”, as with several tracks on the upcoming LP, they also enlisted former band-member Guy Jones to lend his talents, improvising on piano to bring a moment of pure, pretty levity in the middle section before the song ratchets up into an intense banger.
“Satellite Towns is about attempting transcendental escapology to leave somewhere. If you can believe in something bigger, you can change your reality/situation”, says Byrom, of the lyrical impetus behind the song. Following a loping, melodic intro the track thrums with pent-up kinetic energy that is unleashed in fits and starts before exploding into a noisy-beautiful tumult of pounding drums, multi-layered guitars and squealing feedback. The instinctive and lively feel of Wild Cat Strike’s new album comes from proudly recording and producing it themselves – the four core band members making themselves at home at the Small Pond studio and occasionally inviting friends round to play – which infuses the sound with the feeling of a relaxed and intimate friendly hang-out.