On 24th February, Poeticat will release their new single 'Third Arm'. After the hypnotic debut AA Kind Words Soft Kill/Centre of the Concrete Square last year they were met with stunned descriptions ranging from "genre-defying" to "completely original", "brilliantly surreal, "compelling" and now they return with their twisted genre-defiance stretching even further.
Their last three Brixton, Windmill residencies have been packed out and see them as a leading light on the experimental and progressive rock circuit; fans have dressed up, painted their faces, chosen sides, been all things, squeezed themselves into the room despite all weathers and had an actual lyrical input to a new song for each show.
'Third Arm' continues to surprise; a riff-rocking guitar, crushing bass parts, hypnotic percussion, ethereal and otherworldly vocals, headstrong and surreal lyrics, doomy backing vocals and all wrapped up in something completely captivating; progressive in the truest sense.
Hailing from London, Lisbon and Basildon, Poeticat are a truly unique proposition; fusing the thought provoking spoken word delivery of Catherine Martindale who has been a prominent figure on the spoken word and poetry scene for sometime with the experimental vocal harmonies of fellow European Theatre Arts graduate Ziggi Jadovski. This alone creates something very original. Now add a surreal and captivating genre-bending melting pot which is given an overwhelming sense of roots and power with the phenomenally warm bass lines of Ivo Ramalho formerly of Worldly Savages. Taking the band in another direction is percussionist Vic Meadowcroft on the Cajon who pulls in from Latin American music and African rhythms bringing it all together in a loose yet fluid journey while the prowess of guitarist Baj Kenrick reaches into the songs, burrows under the skin and adds another twist, with complex metal guitar riffs and melodies that call upon Testament to Metallica.
Regulars amongst a diverse circuit they received a 5 star review at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have played festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, The Big Chill, Kendal Calling, Beat-Herder, E4 Udderbelly and have supported Kate Nash, Ed Sheeran and Jamie Woon.
A whirlwind live act, you will not have seen anything like Poeticat before.
Baj Kenrick [Guitar] | Catherine Martindale [Vocals] | Vic Meadowcroft [Percussion] | Ziggi Jadovski [Vocals] | Ivo Ramalho [Bass]
Friday 24th January, Hootannays, Brixton
Friday 28th February, The Windmill, Brixton (Final Residency)
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