With a bag full of new songs ready to go, it’s live where the guys are bursting to start performing these songs for their fans. So today, The Cat Empire are very thrilled to announce the first leg of their ‘Rising With The Sun Australian Tour’ with shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Cowaramup, Denmark, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Townsville and of course their home town of Melbourne.
These latest show announcements (many of them suitable for all ages) join the already announced Western Australian dates in March and performances at the Botanic Park for Womadelaide and Blues Fest in Byron Bay, with more shows to be announced soon.
First we had ‘Wolves’, the infectious first single from The Cat Empire’s highly anticipated forthcoming 6th studio album ‘Rising With The Sun’ (released on March 4). Fans loved ‘Wolves’ so much the song finished at #79 in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 countdown – the biggest music countdown of its type worldwide with over 2 million votes registered across over 16, 000 songs.
‘Wolves’ is The Cat Empire’s 11th entry into the Hottest 100 in 11 years, a great proof to Australia’s long love affair with one of its most enduring bands. Now it’s time to unleash ‘Bulls’, the next single from ‘Rising With The Sun’. “The song ‘Bulls’ came directly from a dream” explains frontman Felix Riebl. “I woke up at the very edge of sleep. Almost, just before I woke up, there was a guy in there showing me a rhythm. It’s very distinct. That song came straight from there. I think we run the risk of sounding pretentious to say that songs come in dreams, but sometimes they really quite literally just appear that way. That’s a real gift”.
“Tell me who’s real…no way, no way…the bulls inside my head…and I say I say…the flag I wave is red.”
‘Bulls’ is the third single from ‘Rising With The Sun’ with the aforementioned ‘Wolves’ and an earlier release of ‘Qué Será Ahora’, a track the band released ahead of their 2015 European tour.
The songs on ‘Rising With The Sun’ are made perfect-fit for the stage and will only enhance The Cat Empire’s already legendary live show. Felix makes no secret about what the intention is for these songs. “You can play it on a big stage. The choruses are ones people can sing. The rhythms really work”.
‘Rising With The Sun’ was recorded in their home town of Melbourne, with producer Jan Skubiszewski. “There’s a lot of celebration on ‘Rising With The Sun’,” concludes Felix, “in terms of ‘celebrating’ what the Cat Empire is, and what it means to people to come to the shows and be a part of that.”
Pre-order packages for ‘Rising With The Sun’ are now available via The Cat Empire’s online store, with some amazing experiences available to fans – including coveted opportunities like attending sound check, one on one music workshops with band members, Harry and Ollie performing in people’s homes, signed memorabilia, limited edition packages of cd/digital and vinyl, artisan crafted jewellery, handmade artworks of the album art, and much more.