"A uniquely individual & odd group, creating original music that defies any genre & creates its own" Hugo White - The Maccabees
“Completely original and genre bending” Artrocker
“Genre-defying and undoubtedly the kind of thing John Peel would have loved” Music Week
“Fascinating, honest, strong and beautiful … Easily one of the truest piece of music I had the pleasure to encounter lately” AAA Music
“It's weird, wonderful and fabulously modern sounding... A brilliantly surreal and well-observed proposition” Sound of Confusion
Baj Kenrick [Guitar] | Catherine Martindale [Vocals] | Vic Meadowcroft [Percussion] | Ziggi Jadovski [Vocals] | Ivo Ramalho [Bass]
On 24th February, Poeticat will release their new single ‘3rd 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.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council, they are playing their Brixton Windmill residency in order to promote spoken word performance to the wider music mainstream.
Each residency will incorporate interactive art installations by Elisavet Kalpaxi and include bands and spoken word poets.
Friday 24th January, Hootannays, Brixton
Friday 28th February, The Windmill, Brixton (Final Residency)
“Poeticat create something that is original and compelling…You should see this band. That is an order” Moon Project
“It's a glimpse into a set of seemingly insanely creative minds” Nine Hertz
“This is like having one of Tracey Emin’s unmade beds turned into a song. You know what it is and you should look away - you feel a wobbly sense of voyeurism inside your stomach – but you cannot take your ears off of it” Raw Ramp