A Double Shot of the Cat Empire

July 29th, 2010

The Australian alternative band the Cat Empire began as a trio back in 1999, with Ollie McGill on keys, Ryan Monro on bass and Felix Riebl on percussion. Over the years, they’ve added Harry James Angus on trumpet, Will Hull-Brown on drums and Jamshid “Jumps” Kahadiwhala on turntables and percussion (plus he’s even been known to bust a move). Although the lineup has changed, the band continues to deftly combine funk, jazz, rock, ska and a little Latin flair to make quality music—three live discs and five studio albums, the most recent of which, Cinema, came out earlier this month. But let’s face it: Australia is far from here. So the Cat Empire (above, performing “The Lost Song”) is bringing the music to you: See them play Webster Hall tomorrow and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday.