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SINGLE PREMIER & REVIEW: The Keep Cats ‘All You Got Left’, An Ironic Title For A Band That Have More Going For Themselves Than Ever Before!

‘As soon as we heard the opening bars of ‘All You Got Left’ we knew this was a bigger beast than before, a beast that will bring the band bigger stages.’

Catching The Keep Cats earlier this year took us totally off guard as one of the rare occasions when the support band played the main band off the stage and all this when the group are all around the tender age of 16. So, The Keep Cats have the songs and the live show perfected, but the recorded output hasn’t matched the calibre of these future indie giants…until now! As soon as we heard the opening bars of ‘All You Got Left’ we knew this was a bigger beast than before, a beast that will bring the band bigger stages.

For single ‘All You Got Left’ The Keep Cats took the brave decision to pair with a mixing engineer having previously working in solitary crafting everything from song writing to recording and production alone. Having met mixing engineer Niko Battistini by chance through him being a fan of the band they felt comfortable to let someone else into their world commenting that ‘He stumbled across us at our Bournemouth gig a couple of months back and we could tell he was into the music.  Within a couple of days, we had asked him to work on the song.

‘‘All You Got Left’ is the sound of a band on the verge of writing their stadium hit!’

The band describe ‘All You Got Left’ as the darkest of three singles they’ll be releasing in the near future; song writer and lyricist Jo told us that ‘Musically it is a feel-good song with some gently-sinister lyrics, exploring how the double-edged sword of unconditional love can trap someone in a dark situation.  I think it provides the listener with something on the more dirty-heavy side of indie pop’ We’re yet to hear the other two singles but with the band describing them as ‘more radio friendly’ we’re excited to hear what’s next, ‘All You Got Left’ is the sound of a band on the verge of writing their stadium hit!’

‘[All You Got Left] isn’t a typical love song it’s a song that will catch your attention for it’s themes and melody long after it’s over.’

It feels oxymoronic to describe ‘All You Got Left’ as a slow paced, dysfunctional anthem but with the simple emotive refrain ‘she would have left you for dead’, this isn’t a typical love song it’s a song that will catch your attention for it’s themes and melody long after it’s over. With two more tracks yet to be released with Nikko Battistini to come we’ll see the careers of The Keep Cats unfold in front of us, but we’re sure that after touring with Radio One DJ’s Jack Saunders faves Valeras and a support slot with upcomers Vinyl Staircase next this will be a big year for them. As with all bands early releases they’re driven by passion and will often need crafting, the relationship with Nikko could be vital for The Keep Cats progression; we want big chorus and big singalongs on record to fit the stages the band should be on, and will be playing on in the near future… This is just the beginning for The Keep Cats.

‘This is just the beginning for The Keep Cats.’

7/10

Words: James Wadsworth



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