Back in 2010, Hentai Cat (Vocals, Guitar), Psycho Cat (Vocals, Guitar) and Meta Cat (Drums) were disillusioned by their impending graduation into the absurdity of Singaporean white-collar life. They decided to get together to work on the only thing that gave them a sense of hope: music. A year after forming the group, they released their 5 song EP Mannequins and exploded onto the small but enthusiastic Singapore indie scene. Their music echoed the anxieties and tensions of an increasingly embittered Singapore society: a young society of mixed Asian heritage and colonial history that was trying to find its identity and cultural value in the world amidst strict laws, suffocating social constructs and a widening income gap shadowed by the nation’s zealous economic growth policies. With such real world issues being addressed, MONSTER CAT doesn’t exude the typical cheap thrill music of generic rock numbers but instead showcase psychedelic rock anthems that can be compared to those of Placebo and Ariel Pink.
In a few short years, MONSTER CAT have worked their way up to the top. They were voted Artist Of The Week on MTV’s global indie music site, MTV Iggy, opened for UK livewire act the Noisettes, shared the stage with The Naked and Famous, Metronomy and The Jezabels ,recorded with Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Killers, The Rolling Stones) and even earned a shout out from industry guru Bob Ezrin.
After the international success of their EP Mannequins, which was downloaded in over 198 countries, MONSTER CAT will debut their full-length record The Violet Hour on March 3. The album was produced by Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Flea, Mark Ronson) at the famed Studios 301 in Sydney (Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z) and boasts 13 tracks that fuse the worlds of organic and synthetic sounds in the mold of Radiohead, St. Vincent and Atoms For Peace. MONSTER CAT's new album The Violet Hour draws from a variety of genres such as psychedelic pop and alternative rock. The record focuses on creating intense, melodic rock songs while keeping the band’s trademark vocal harmonies. The result is an exciting and emotional sonic trip, that aims to give the listener new perspectives on the rock paradigm.
MONSTER CAT has also performed at numerous festivals including Culture Collide in Los Angeles , the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. They have opened for Australian electronic music duo Empire Of The Sun, as well as UK indie rock band Foals.
MONSTER CAT is slated to tour the new record in China at the JUE Festival (featuring The Lumineers, Baths, Lee Ranaldo, And So I Watch You From Afar), and in Australia and Europe for the year 2014.
Monster Cat’s latest video for “Take Me To Love” combines the essence of grittiness with raw power to create a trippy mind excursion. It takes you through a wild arrangement of psychedelic visuals that will have you thinking, “What the fuck!” but in a good way. They mash together eighties style video reels filled with cats, oily butts, creepy eyes, open fields and some really interesting animated cartoons.
The band just released their single “Towers”. This song starts off with tribe like chanting that slowly turns into a psychedelic chorus with a hint of metal undertone that is accompanied by dark and ominous guitar riffs and a heavy consistent drum part.
Their sophomore album The Violet Hour is available now.