Cate Le Bon
No relation, Cate credits her stage name to a 'joke that went too far'. Brilliant.
Cate is fantastic, to our ears her music is delightfully unsettling, partly down to her unique vocal style
but her voice is also rolled up in arrangements which
slightly freak out in places (the lone horn note in the chorus of I Can't Help You.) The whole combination is most
certainly very different, which is what we like. Recently swapping Wales for LA no less, her third album Mug Museum
was recorded out there and that's the point at which we jumped onboard. Porcelain related coincidences here as she
does invoke the spirit of Gong's album The Flying Teapot. As part of the Welsh scene she has appeared on Neon Neon
tunes with Gruff Rhys and Stephen Black AKA Sweet Baboo has played bass on her tunes (or Sweet Bamboo as we typo-ed, like
a hungry panda in last year's programme.)
Every year we have a weekend away at an 'industry festival' - The Great Escape in Brighton or this year
we're giving Liverpool Sound City a go. Up the North and all that.
The aim of these outings is to see as many new bands as possible, typically twenty or so over a couple of days.
There's lots of standing up, queuing, sore feet, coffee, beer, ice-cream, coffee, ice-cream ... but everything we do, we do it for you.
It is clear to us that the world is on the constant lookout for a striking girl, an electric guitar wizard to replace the
house-bound Polly Harvey.
So in Brighton last year we overcame our fear of very tight venues, clearly over their fire safety numbers and caught three tracks
from Wolf Alice who lived up to all the hype surrounding them and front lady Ellie Rowsell certainly has huge PJ potential. Very, very
exciting to have them.