New Delhi crooners Peter Cat Recording Co. make their UK live debut at Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown Festival this summer5 July 2019
Peter Cat Recording Company will be bringing their debut album ‘Bismillah’ to the Southbank Centre, London for a first-time live performance in front of a UK audience. The event in question is Meltdown Festival, on August 9, hosted and hand-picked this year by none other than Chic’s Nile Rodgers.
Tickets will be on sale 10am BST June 14. The news arrives ahead of a further string of UK dates to be announced, off the back of their widely-praised first album.
With a name partially referencing Haruki Murakami’s jazz club in Tokyo, Peter Cat Recording Co. trade in a kaleidoscopic blend of gypsy jazz, psychedelic cabaret, space disco, bossa supernova, Bollywood and uneasy listening. It’s an unlikely balance making the New Delhi five piece every inch the sonic anomaly in their hometown as how they read on paper. The band beguiled and frustrated in equal measure in 2018, with the release of ‘Portrait Of A Time 2010-2016’, an anthology which gathered together re-mastered versions of various gems from the band’s ramshackle back catalogue, previously recorded in frontman Suryakant Sawhney’s front room. Whilst the title track found its way onto Tracks Of The Year lists at the Guardian & NME, it was tricky to get a firm grip on the five piece who – despite hailing from the Hindi-speaking capital of India – emerged sounding like a twenty first century big band reboot.
“New Delhi’s answer to Grizzly Bear” – Uncut
“Whilst the sumptuous grooves that underpin are captivating, it’s also the fluid thematic content of ‘Bismillah’ that makes for repeated listens” – **** NME
“It’s smoother than a pint of butter while injected with a good sense of groove and fun” –8/10 Clash
“Enter a floating world of the surreal, of gentle uneasy listening, warped strings and distorted brass” –MOJO