In january 2008, it seemed like a good idea to get out of NYC, and head up to Upstate NY (where we city folk tend to believe it is so much nicer and quieter...sure it is. Just not Albany, where I moved to. )
I spent much of 2008 working on an abundance of material in my new studio, which was located in the Blue house on Bogart terrace that I shared with my longtime friend, and High school chum, Kristen.
The first collection of material I had gotten together, seemed to be a step in the right direction, as it seems like the logical progression from Whateverland, and the self titled record. It had the density of the second album, with the atmosphere and gothic approach of whateverland, while adding some newer elements as well..
I still feel this is the first true Cats album, as it ranges from dark and moody, to heavy and menacing, while maintaining hooks and some pop appeal. Especially "Do the Jesus" and "A loss for words".
I really couldn't even try to argue with someone if they said, "Hey ! you totally ripped off The Cure's pornography, and Nine inch nails' the downward spiral"... The influence is definitely all over it.
Production wise, I feel that for the first time I had gotten very close to where I should be and how the record should sound. Panning, eqing, and compressing were now things I still didn't totally understand, but was determined to try anyway !
So naturally... This record has a very overcompressed sound !!! fuck me.
Upon completion of this album, the future of live shows seemed to be a bit of a question, I was new in Albany and wasn't really anyone to anyone, so getting a live band together would prove to be difficult.
For a while, Myself and August Sagehorn (of the band Alta Mira) performed as a 2 piece with a drum machine, and later added Jeff Arensberg on drums. Jeff was fired for refusing to hit the bong, and August eventually needed to step away, as his own band needed his presence.
I remember putting up an add on craigslist, looking for a drummer, and I vaguely remember what I had written. "Drummer needed. Must smoke bud and drink beer. Chops are optional."
A few weeks later or so, Matt Bowman answered the add, and the rest of course is history, or so it seems...
released October 31, 2008
j. Sebastiano- vocals, guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, production, mix
Cats don’t have souls started off as a minimalist deathrock duo and polluted itself into a drunken and deranged sound experimental prog obsessed entity with a personality disorder. Please be considerate of others and don't play this too loud.